Design provides a cornucopia of opportunities for a nationís development. Nowhere is this more relevant than in the Indian context. Design concepts are embedded into the Indian cultural consciousness. It has to be acknowledged that in this era of globalisation, Indian designers have a challenging task ahead. They have to compete with designers from various nationalities. Besides, this would also facilitate a fruitful exchange of ideas and thoughts on a multitude of design traditions.
The emergence of the creative economy has begun to lay emphasis on originality and in this context; there is a pressing need for designers who possess an acumen for innovative design thinking. During the last fifty years, the National Institute of Design (NID) has developed its own design methodology and design philosophy, and has been a facilitator of each milestone of development in the field of design. Currently, we are witnessing an increased sense of awareness about design in India. This awareness is rapidly translating into an escalating demand for design-oriented careers. NIDís vast experience is already there to our good fortune and can be availed of in order to develop and provide a new direction to the creation of appropriate design education programmes and faculty training programmes for design educators.
This year, NID will conclude its Golden Jubilee celebrations that have indubitably reinstated NIDís position as one of the leading design institutions with a superlative design ideology. The institute is committed to spread the power of design across the country and the world at large, in order to ensure an egalitarian dispersion of modern design practices and philosophies.
Young Designers 2011 features the impressive work of this yearís graduates. I am extremely proud of their achievements. I would like to extend my congratulations and heartfelt wishes to all the graduates.