This project delves into a comprehensive study of pedagogical innovations implemented during the nascent years of the National Institute of Design (NID). Specifically, it explores how practical projects, such as exhibitions, served as integral pedagogical tools within the institution's curriculum.
The project uses the "Energy is Life Exhibition" of 1983—conceptualised and executed by NID upon commission from the Trade Fair Authority of India—as an anchor to discuss the larger narrative. This exhibition marked a pivotal moment in NID's history, representing the institution's largest undertaking at that time. It engaged students across disciplines, collaborating closely with faculty members and skilled artisans as they collaboratively designed and constructed the exhibition over a semester. This unique pedagogical endeavour led to the semester being aptly named the "Energy Semester." The semester curriculum was significantly transformed to accommodate the exhibition, fostering a unique learning environment centred around this project. The "Energy is Life Exhibition" is a testament to NID's core ethos of hands-on education and experiential learning.
This academic endeavour aims to shed light on the historical significance of the exhibition while accentuating the lasting pedagogical philosophy underpinning this project within NID's educational framework.