The National Institute of Design (NID) has been at the forefront of design
education in India since 1961, educating designers who have had a strong
influence on society. It was established with the intention ‘to create an alert
and impatient national conscience concerned with quality and ultimate
values of the environment’. The iconic designers Charles and Ray Eames
who laid the foundations of NID through their classic ‘India Report’, had a
vision that NID should produce designers who should be trained to solve
problems and also to help others solve their own problems.
For the last 48 years, NID has drawn on multidisciplinary effort to
accomplish the vision of the founding leadership. NID’s curriculum has
study methods that foster creativity and innovation across Industrial
design, Communication Design, IT Integrated (Experiential) Design and
Textile and Apparel Design. All these fields are linked together by an
interdisciplinary studies program that builds bridges between art, science,
technology and the humanities and provides designers the opportunities to
reflect on the philosophy that underlies their professional practice.
The wide range of educational and professional activities of NID sets out
both to preserve India’s rich indigenous traditional design from the rural
sector as well as provide sophisticated technological and design training
for urban settings.
Design being a key element in value-based differentiation in international
markets, NID emphasizes the importance of academic inter-linkages with
design schools in other countries. Practicing designers and academics from
several countries all over the world are invited to share their knowledge
and collaborate with the NID family. Likewise, NID students and faculty
also contribute intellectual perspectives to design abroad. It is a matter
of pride that the graduates of this prestigious institution constitute a
skilled, creative and talented global workforce who will influence change in
communities both in India and abroad.
I congratulate this year’s graduates - the ‘Young Designers’ of 2009.
Graduation represents for them more than an end to their education at
NID; it also heralds the exciting beginning of their professional careers
as designers. I am confident that this year’s graduating class of 2009 will
make their mark in the design movement both in India and abroad.
I wish them all success.