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Industrial Design Center was set up in
1969 by the Government of India under
the auspices of Indian institute of technology Bombay.
Prof. V. N. Adarkar was the Adviser for the first five years. Prof. Sudhakar
Nadkarni took up the headship and was responsible for setting up of IDC.
and objectives put down by the committee for formation of the center were: "The aim of the Industrial Design Center is to prepare students to enter
into new creative activities as professional industrial designers who
with experience and maturity can reach the highest level of design practice,
research and development necessary for the industry".
began with an academic programme in industrial design. The initial efforts
were focused on setting up the facilities and developing the faculty. IDC
as an institution was conceived to be part of the 'Indian Institute of
Technology Bombay'; to give it a strong "result oriented" character
so that there is always the possibility to actualize the design concepts
emerging from its field of education and research along with a broad technological
support from the IIT as a whole.
As the design center emerged, it was realized that industrial design in
a developing country with its varied cultural heritage has a vital role
to play in national development. It soon became clear that a profession
constantly dealing with development and the future of people will have
to inculcate values in the society appropriate to fulfill the physical,
social and cultural needs and aspiration of the people; in a manner acceptable
to the majority. The efforts at the center have been concentrated on the
task of inculcating these 'desirable values' through education, practice
and propagation. The design projects and other activities reported throw
light on how this task is being tackled at the Center.
These efforts were assisted by UNDP funds in the early eighties, which
helped IDC in evolving a two year postgraduate program in industrial design.
The Masters of Design program in Industrial Design was started in 1980.
Taking advantage of the on going UNDP assistance, IDC also started a masters
program in Visual Communication (Communication Design) in 1984. The two masters program has
evolved as strong program and the students are very well received in the
the last two decades there have been other changes in the design education
scene in the country. School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi and
IIT Delhi have started master's level programs in Industrial Design and
the new IIT at Guwahati has started a graduate level 4 year program in
Industrial design and Communication Design.
IDC is about to start post graduate level programmes in Interaction Design,
Animation Design and in Design Research. A Doctoral level programme in
Design has begun from July 2005.
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