My best compliments to all the young designers on the occasion of this 42nd convocation!
For the last few years, you have been the most cherished members of this wonderful community and now it is a momentous occasion when you begin your professional journey.
This batch particularly deserves special compliments for having the courage to wake up every day and get ready to see through the blurry tomorrows in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, for demonstrating patience to adapt and adjust without compromising on the culture of learning, quality of academic pursuit, despite operating in a then esoteric (online) environment.
Congratulations to each one of the students who have done unique projects which have contributed to new knowledge in various domains of design.
More than ever, the world is currently interconnected in almost all domains: information travels at nearly a great speed and reaches a global audience within moments of a particular event having occurred. The world more than ever needs design thinking and practice which is well-intentioned, socially responsible, sustainable, community-oriented, and empathetic. Design frameworks are heading towards a very intersectional, dynamic, and ever-evolving form.
It has been interesting to see various projects and your work connect with the theme: ‘Collective Intelligence: For Me, You, Us; For People, Planet, Future’ in this edition of Young Designers, and this has harnessed the power of collective intelligence to explore new hybrid modes of learning and creating across geographies, ideologies, and disciplines. It also celebrates your uniqueness.
The history and legacy of any educational institution are ultimately made by its students and the work they have been doing for the past 60 years or so in the sub-continent. Our graduating students, when they go out of the institution, become resources themselves who can contribute to the institution’s legacy, knowledge, and history. To take forward the legacy is to hold oneself and their work accountable and in the highest regard—for the betterment of the self, society, nation, and ultimately the planet.
Best wishes to all of you.