Design Education in India

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by Kshitiz Anand on Sunday, December 7, 2014


Session type

Technical level


This interactive lecture is to give an overview of Design Education in India.


In a country of over 1.2 billion, why are there are so few design schools?
On one end you have the industry demanding more Design professionals, and on the other end you have parents who are still hesitant to send their children to Design Schools. If Design Thinking and Design is what we need for businesses to innovate and societies to improve, there is definitely a need for more schools and academic institutions.

But it cannot happen overnight, for the teaching of design is not the same as that of engineering or management.
In spite of a rich legacy in architecture, crafts and culture, we need to question the existing Design institutions and its role in driving Innovation in India.

So what is the future of Design education in India? But wait. First, do we really understand what is Design, the Design professional and the practice of design? These are fundamental questions that need to be addressed as well.

In this talk on Design Education in India, I share insights from various avenues like; my association with different design schools (national and international) as an administrator and a visiting faculty, running a non-profit that uses Design Thinking, and as a founder of Consulting practice that offers Design Services.


Loads of enthusiasm :)

Speaker bio

Kshitiz Anand is a passionate Designer and Educator. Currently he serves as the Director & Head of Operations at India Studio of L’école de design Nantes Atlantique. He is a visiting faculty at the Institute of Product Leadership, where he teaches courses on User Experience Design and Prototyping. He has been a Design Evangelist through his works as a teacher, mentor, and as a promoter of the value of design amongst colleges and organisations across India. His approach is firmly grounded in applying the principles of Design Thinking to Problem Solving, Team Management, Design Consulting, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Kshitiz did his masters in Human Computer Interaction Design from Indiana University, Bloomington and Bachelor of Design from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. As a Design Consultant, he has worked with numerous large corporations like Infosys and Motorola and then with startups in India through his company Happy Horizons Consulting.

He is the founder and Managing Trustee at Happy Horizons Trust, that uses the power of Design Thinking and Social Innovations to improve the quality of education in Government schools across Bihar.