Browse list of faculties of National Institute of Design (NID), Gandhinagar
Akhil Succena joined NID as a faculty in the Visual
Communication discipline in 1973. Since then he
has been instrumental in curriculum development,
teaching, project guidance in the area of film and video
communication, sound design, and film making among
others. He headed the Film and Video Communication
discipline for several years. He is a graduate of the Film
and Television Institute of India (FTII) Pune. Akhil has
made several documentary films for the industry and
With over 20 years of experience, Anil Sinha believes
that design is about ‘connecting with, relating to, and
He has chaired the Integrated Design Services (IDS)
and Industry Programmes and Projects (IP&P) for
many years and has been a member of NID’s Governing
Council. Anil is also a member of the Policy and Planning
Committee at NID.
Arun Gupta teaches in the Film and Video
Communication discipline at NID. He holds a PG
Diploma in Direction from the Film and Television
Institute of India (FTII) and a BA in English Literature from the University of Delhi. He joined NID in 1996.
He takes courses in the Foundation Programme;
apart from taking courses in disciplines such as Film
and Video Communication, Animation Design, and
Graphic Design. He takes courses such as Scriptwriting, Direction, Film Language, and Film Appreciation. He has been the Chairperson of the NID Film Club and has also been the Founding Editor of Cut Here, the moving image print magazine. In 2005, he directed An Other Journey, a documentary film showcasing NID’s activities in the area of Indian crafts and textiles.
Deepak John Mathew holds a master’s degree in Fine
Arts (Graphic Arts) from the M.S. University, Vadodara
and has a PhD in Design Education from the Center
for Advanced Studies in Education, M.S. University,
At NID, Deepak teaches Analytical Drawing,
Composition, Colour and Form, Design Drawing,
Illustration, Colour and Composition for Digital Medium,
Basic Photography, Advanced Photography, Fashion
Photography, Product and Still Life Photography, and
Documentary Photography. He has been instrumental
in designing and developing the dual postgraduate
programme in Photography Design.
Dhiman Sengupta graduated from NID in 1999; he
was a student of Animation Film Design. He worked
in Mumbai and Delhi, for a decade in the areas of
e-learning, broadcast and motion graphics, and visual
effects. Since 2009, Dhiman has been a faculty at NID
in the Animation Film Design discipline.
He conducts courses in Basic Animation, Film Title
Sequence Design, Kinetics, Motion Typography, Music
Appreciation, Sound Design and Visual Scripting, and
conducts a Comic Book Workshop. He is also a member
of NID’s Website and IT Integration committees.
Dhiman was invited to speak on the subject of Animation
Sound Design at Anifest 2011 that was hosted by the
Animation Society of India in Mumbai. He is a voracious
reader, a prolific writer, an artist, and illustrator. Besides
this, he is also a film enthusiast, a musician (he plays
the guitar and the piano), a composer, and a singer.
Currently, Dhiman is working on a short animation film.
Immanuel Suresh is a designer and educator. He had
been part of the Faculty development programme at
NID before he joined as a faculty member in the Visual
Communication discipline. He has been actively involved
in the Foundation Programme and teaches basic design
courses. Suresh joined the College of Art and Crafts,
Chennai one of the country’s oldest art institutions,
where he learned from reputed painters and craftsmen
teachers in a metal smithy. Self supported by five years
of part-time work as a scientific glass-blower, he earned
a postgraduate diploma in Painting with a first class
gold medal. A short stint in advertising followed his
At NID, Suresh teaches Colour and Drawing. His other
interests include nature, form, and illustration. He
teaches Environment Exposure. He has been in the
teaching profession for the past 26 years and enjoys it
Kaushik Chakraborty enrolled into the Faculty
Development Programme at NID and joined the institute
in 2010 as a faculty in the Communication Design
discipline. He has worked in the industry for five years.
Kaushik holds postgraduate diplomas in Animation
Creation and Direction from Indo-Italian Institute for
Development Communication, Kolkata and Multimedia
Development Technology from MTDRC at Kolkata’s
Jadavpur University. He taught at NID for three years
prior to joining the institute as faculty. He is part of the
faculty group offering inputs in Freehand Drawing and
Environmental Perception in the Foundation Programme.
In Animation Design, Kaushik teaches Drawing and
Basics of Locomotion. He also conducted a workshop on
Basics of Animation as part of the summer workshops
held at the institute in 2011.
Architect and interior designer Nijoo Dubey is a faculty
in the Design for Retail Experience discipline at NID
Bengaluru. Since 2007, she has been teaching design
fundamentals across disciplines and has a passion for
colour applications in products, spaces, surfaces, and
finishes— a subject she has taught extensively. She also
teaches Spatial Perception, Visualisation of Space, and
Elements of Design.
Nijoo earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from
Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal
and then went on to pursue her master’s in Furniture and
Interior Design at NID Ahmedabad. She has also been
the coordinator of the NID Asian Paints Colour Research
Studio and Industry Interface at NID Bengaluru.
Rupesh Vyas is a Senior Faculty in Communication Design, Head of Information Technology at NID. In recent past he has been also Coordinator of Graphic Design and Information and Digital Design. He is taking lead role in developing Information and Interaction Design as emerging domain under Communication Design and IT Integrated Design Disciplines at NID. He is a Board Member of International Institute of Information Design (IIID) which is based in Vienna, Austria.
He has Masters degree in Visualization and Under-Graduation in Applied Arts (Graphic Design) from M. S. University of Baroda. He has 17 years of experience in Communication Design education, research and professional projects. Prior to joining NID in 2002 he was a lecturer at Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University of Baroda.
A documentary filmmaker and cinematographer,
Shivbilas Saksena has been teaching postgraduate and
undergraduate students at NID for the last 26 years.
A senior faculty of Film and Video Communication,
Shivbilas takes courses in Film language,
Cinematography, Elements of Video, Elements
of Lighting, and Production Design. He has been
instrumental in setting up the Film and Video Laboratory
at NID and is actively involved in teaching, programmemaking,
and participating in institutional consultancy
projects. Shivbilas has taken short-term courses for
working professionals also. Many of his students have
won awards at various national and international film
festivals. His article called Cinema and Design was
published in The Trellis, a research-based publication
Subsequent to a two-year stint as cartoonist, illustrator,
and graphic artist at the Economic Times, Sekhar
Mukherjee joined NID as a student of Animation Design
in 1992. After graduation, Sekhar worked in various
fields of Communication Design and joined NID as a
faculty in the Animation Film Design discipline in 2002.
Since 2003, Sekhar has been heading the Animation
Film Design discipline and mentoring the future
generation of Indian graphic storytellers. He organises
an international students’ animation film festival called
Chitrakatha at NID; this has helped promote hitherto
unknown stories from the Indian subcontinent.
Sekhar regularly contributes two comic strips for the
Sunday cartoon column in Ananda Bazaar Patrika, a
leading newspaper published from Kolkata. In May
2009, he received the CNBC-Aptech award for his
outstanding contribution to animation education in
India. He is also on the editorial board of Animation:
An Interdisciplinary Journal, published by Sage
Publications, UK. Sekhar is a regular invitee to many
animation film festivals and events as the jury member
and resource person both in India and overseas.
Tarun Deep Girdher has been teaching at NID for more
than 12 years. He did the five-year School Leavers
Professional Education Programme (SLPEP) in Graphic
Design from NID and joined the institute as a faculty in
1999. He coordinated the Foundation Programme at
NID from 2003–2005 and Graphic Design discipline
Tarun teaches courses such as Typography, Visual
Narratives, Introduction to Printing Technology,
Introduction to Specialization, Open Electives (book
binding), Communication Skills, Letter Design,
Publication Design, and Introduction to Illustration,
Environmental Perception, and Hand Book Binding. He
has been a member of the Admissions Committee. He
led the design team for the Young Designers series in
2000 and 2004 that won the best catalogue design
award at the India Habitat Centre (IHC) in 2005 and
2008. Tarun has published widely and organised
international conferences at NID such as Brands,
Identity and Graphics 03 in 2003 and the Typography
Day 2011. Tarun has professional experience of over
Ajay Kumar Tiwari earned a postgraduate degree in
botany, specialising in Plant Pathology from Government
College of Science, Raipur. He worked as an animation
artist for three years in the areas of educational content
development, animated television series production,
industrial animation and web animation. He has also
taught undergraduate students at the School of Life
Sciences at MATS University, Raipur for a year, before he
enrolled into the Animation Film Design discipline at NID
Ajay joined NID as a faculty in 2008. He has been
teaching various disciplines at the institute which include
Animation Film Design, Film and Video Communication,
New Media Design, Graphic Design, Design for Digital
Experience, Toy and Game Design, and Foundation
Studies. He has taught courses such as Screenwriting,
Film Language, Experimental Animation, Sequential
Narrative (Comic Book/Graphic Novel) Design, Elements
of Moving Images, Media and Technology and Animation
Production using Flash. In 2007 and 2009, Ajay headed
the team that was instrumental in bringing and preselecting
students’ films from animation schools around
the world to Chitrakatha, the international students’
animation film festival held at NID.
Tridha Gajjar has always been inclined towards and
passionate about academics and design teaching. She
did her MFA in Applied Arts, with a specialisation in
Visualization in 1995 and a PhD in Applied Arts on the
topic—Origin and Development of Printing in Context
of Advertising in 2001 from Banaras Hindu University
(BHU), Varanasi. A recipient of both junior (JRF) and
senior (SRF) research fellowships from the University
Grants Commission (UGC), Tridha joined NID in 2004 as
a Faculty Trainee and later, in 2006, as Associate Faculty
in the Graphic Design discipline.
She is actively involved in teaching at undergraduate
as well as postgraduate levels across various
disciplines. Tridha teaches Fundamentals of Colour
and Composition, Basic and Advanced Graphic Design
and Print Production, and guides students through
their undergraduate and postgraduate projects.
Gayatri Menon studied Product Design at NID, prior to
which she completed her graduation in engineering.
She worked for two years in the field of creativity and
universal design for children. In 2001, Gayatri joined NID
as a faculty in the Industrial Design discipline.
Gayatri takes courses in Design Overview, Design
Methods, Colour and Form, Game Theory, Creativity
and Innovation, Material and Mechanism, Craft
Documentation, and Design Research Methods. She
guides students in the areas of Toy Design, Game design,
Design for Special Needs, and Systems Thinking and
Design. Gayatri has headed socially-relevant projects
in addition to working as a designer cum consultant
for various industrial and public sector initiatives,
and on ventures focusing on institution building and
sustaining crafts heritage. She has conducted several
workshops for industries in areas such as—Creativity,
Design Strategy and Opportunity Mapping in Design,
and Introduction to Design: Issues and Methods. Her
responsibilities also include looking into curriculum
development, student evaluations and admissions, and
interacting with the industry.
Gourab Kar graduated in architecture from the Birla
Institute of Technology, Ranchi in 2004. He completed
the master’s degree in Industrial Design from the
Instrument Design and Development Centre, IIT Delhi
in 2006; following this, he pursued a master’s degree
in Industrial Design with a special focus on Universal
Design from the School of Industrial Design, Georgia
Institute of Technology, USA in 2010. The research
initiatives undertaken by Gourab at the Center for
Assistive Technology and Environmental Access,
Georgia Institute of Technology, focus on varied domains
of Universal Design—Inclusive Indoor Play Project
(2008–2010), Design of Dental Workspaces (2009),
and Universal Design of Customer Service Counters
In 2006, L C Ujawane joined NID after more than 3
decades of working in the industry. He teaches Interior
Design, Furniture Design, Furniture Technology, Folding
Furniture, Workshop Technology, and Materials and
Ujawane, who did an Advanced Postgraduate Course in
Furniture Design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine
Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark, is interested in interior
and furniture design in wood, wood crafts, and design
drawing. He has consulted and coordinated interior
design projects for patent offices at Delhi, Kolkata,
Mumbai and Chennai and the office of the Union Public
Service Commission in New Delhi.
Since 1995, Krishnesh Mehta has been teaching
at NID in the Product Design discipline. He holds a
master’s degree in Physics from Gujarat University, a
diploma in Space Sciences and a master’s degree in
Business Administration from Indira Gandhi National
Open University. He underwent the two-year Faculty
Development Programme at NID.
At NID, Krishnesh teaches Design Management, Retail
Merchandising, Multisensory Design, Lighting, Design
Science, Technical Studies, Marketing Communication,
Strategic Design, Design Research, and Design Mix.
Krishnesh’s interests include DSTM Convergence,
Immersive Designs and Futuristic Technologies, Design
Measurement, Multi-Sensory Experiential Design,
Neurophysiology of Creativity, Leadership and Systems
Thinking, 6D Cross Sensory Perceptual and Intuitive User
Interfaces (PUI & IUI), Design for Senses and Behaviour,
and Conceptual Design.
At NID, Neelima Hasija teaches various courses related
to fundamentals of design, with special reference to
ceramic and glass materials. Having graduated in Fine
Arts from M.S. University, Vadodara in 1995, Neelima
enrolled into the Advanced Entry Programme at NID and
specialised in Ceramic Design. She has 13 years of work
experience and joined the institute as a teacher in 2002.
She has been instrumental in shaping and intensifying
glass-related inputs in the department.
Her varied interests include traditional crafts and culture,
craft research and design, design for development,
and material and culture. She has been a member of
the Education Panel, Co-chair, Advisory committee,
NIDUS (the shop on the NID campus that is run by the
NID employee committee), Admission Panel member,
and member of Curriculum Review Committee 2003.
With co-faculty, Shilpa Das, she organised a national
seminar, Indian Crafts: The Future in a Globalizing World
at NID in 2005.
P. Rama Krishna Rao has been a faculty at NID since
2002. He teaches Design Overview, History of Design,
Materials and Methods, Geometry and Structure,
and Design Projects. He graduated in the Advanced
Entry Professional Education Programme (Industrial
Design) from NID. His areas of interest include Systems
Thinking, Indigenous Design, Lifestyle Research, Product
Semantics, Craft, and Folk Art.
Pradyumna Vyas did his master’s in Industrial Design
from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
He has over 27 years of professional and teaching
experience in different spheres of design. Since the last
22 years he has been a faculty in the Industrial Design
discipline at NID and has a special interest in design
for social and sustainable development intervention
for SMEs and crafts. He took charge as the director of
the institute from April 2009. Pradyumna has two years
experience in Product Design in Bombay and 3 years
overseas experience at the Kilkenny Design Centre,
Republic of Ireland.
Praveen Nahar is a Senior Faculty member in Industrial Design at NID. He is currently Activity Chairperson for Knowledge Management Centre at NID. He is teaching and mentoring Product Design and Transportation & Automobile Design Programmes and heading Design Vision Centre & Autodesk-NID Centre of Excellence. In the recent past he also headed Design Consultancy Services, Product Design, Transportation Design Programme, Outreach Programmes etc.
Since 2007, Ranjit Konkar has been teaching Materials
and Processes, Technical Studies, Technically Complex
Products, Design Overview and Surface Finishes courses
at the Faculty of Industrial Design at NID. He has a
cumulative work experience of 14 years.
Ranjit, who earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering
from Stanford University in 1993, has headed the
Faculty of Industrial Design and Skill Development Lab
and co-ordinated the setting up of NID’s Partners for the
Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education
(PACE) Centre and Design Science Lab. He has also
chaired the Admissions and the Purchase committees.
Some of Ranjit’s important projects include the design
of a welding gas regulator for Elektriska Svetsnings
Aktie Bolaget (ESAB) and a self-initiated project on
the design for a bathroom corner tile. He has also
authored two papers: Incremental Kinematic Analysis of
Mechanisms in the Journal of Mechanical Design (1995)
and Geometric Insight into Scalar Combination of Linear
Equations in Resonance (2009).
Balaji Rengarajan joined NID in June 2011. He
teaches automotive design/styling, representation, and
modeling techniques. He focuses on training students
in sophisticated 2D and 3D skills to make the students
After he graduated as an automobile engineer in 1994,
Balaji joined Bajaj Auto Ltd., Pune and worked as an
R&D Engineer till 2002. He earned his master’s degree
in Automotive Design from Coventry University, UK
in 2004 and subsequently worked as an industrial
designer at TATA Motors Design Studio in Pune and later
with Revolution Motors, a California-based electric
Sajith Gopinath is a faculty in the Toy and Game Design
discipline at NID. He graduated as an engineer from
the University Department of Chemical Technology
(UDCT), Mumbai. Thereafter, he enrolled into NID
for a postgraduate course in Industrial Design and
specialised in Toy Design. He has been working at the
institute since 2005 and joined as a faculty in 2006.
Sajith’s research interests lie in understanding the
concept of play and design for development. He
conducts design projects for developing toys as well as
games and projects related to elements of form and
material technology. He has worked on developing
the methodology for conducting design development
and sensitisation workshops with artisans working on
bamboo and coconut-shells. He also coordinated the
students’ workshop at NID Gandhinagar.
Currently, Sajith is working on a research project that
focuses on understanding the interrelation of play
spaces and play culture.
Shashank Mehta is a senior faculty of Industrial Design at NID. A qualified mechanical engineer and product designer, Shashank has worked in small and large-scale industries as well as in the craft and social sectors. Over the years, he has taught various courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has spearheaded the introduction of new course modules such as Indigenous Innovations, Service Design, Design Audit and Introduction to Experience Design to keep up with the rapidly changing demands and aspirations of the industry and economy. He has also been instrumental in developing the curricula for the four-year undergraduate programme in Product Design and the postgraduate programme in Product Design Engineering.
Shekhar Bhattacharjee is an associate faculty at NID
in the field of Toy and Game Design. He completed his
master’s degree in painting from Indira Kala Sangit
Vishwavidyalay, Khairagarh, Chhattisgarh and was
actively engaged with traditional crafts communities in
Bastar, Chhattisgarh. He conducted creativity workshops
with children in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal before he
joined NID’s Faculty Development Programme.
On completion of the programme, he joined as an
Associate Faculty in the area of Toy and Game Design
and has been contributing in the areas of Design
Drawing, Colour and Form, Representation Techniques,
Nature drawing, Character design, Material- Technique
and Model Making, Nature and Design, Toy Design
project and so on. He guides students through specific
toy design projects.
Sekhar was awarded the Junior Fellowship for Painting by
the Government of India in 2003.
Subir Das is a senior faculty member at NID and takes
a specialised course called Ergonomics and Human
Factors. He has more than 25 years of work experience
in the application of ergonomics in industry, agriculture,
Subir did his MSc. in Human Physiology, with
specialisation in Ergonomics and Work Physiology in
1986. He received his PhD in Industrial Ergonomics from
Calcutta University in 1996 in Arc Welding, Occupational
Safety and Health. He joined NID in 1998 as Associate
Senior Faculty and for the last 13 years, he has been
involved in teaching, research, training and client
projects mainly in the field of design ergonomics.
A PhD guide and examiner, Subir has presented his
work at various national and international conferences
and has published papers in international and
Swagata completed her graduation in architecture
from SCET, Surat, South Gujarat University in 2003
and earned her master’s degree in Ceramic and Glass
design from NID in 2007. She joined the institute’s
Outreach department and worked for a year and half.
There she was involved in the development of curriculum
for a 2 year diploma programme for artisans, SIDAC,
a craft institute in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa. She also
undertook documentation of Terracotta and toys of
Madhya Pradesh for a need assessment survey. She
has also conducted training and product development
workshops. She has been a faculty with the Ceramic and
Glass Design discipline since 2010. She has four years
of cumulative work experience.
Tanishka Kachru holds an MA in History of Design and
the Decorative Arts from Parsons School of Design,
New York and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from
Mumbai University. She was working as a curator for
several museums in New York and London before she
moved back to India and joined NID in 2007.
As a faculty in Visual Communication, Tanishka takes
courses in History of Design, Spatial Perception, Design
for Museum Exhibitions, and Design for Public Spaces.
This year, with support from NID and a British Council
grant, she organised a collaborative conference with the
Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum,
London called Design History: Ahmedabad-London
that provided a platform for designers, historians and
curators to come together. In 2010, she organised
a seminar called Designing for Museums at NID
Ahmedabad that gave students exposure to the work
of museum professionals. That same year, she also
presented a paper titled, Design Archives at NID:
Accessing Collections at the 6th Asian Museum Curators
Vikram Panchal is an industrial designer and specializes
in Product Design. He joined NID in 1981 and teaches
skill courses and design projects in Product, Furniture,
Ceramic and Exhibition Design and guides diploma
Apart from academics, Vikram has actively taken on
responsibilities and coordinated several programmes
and disciplines at NID, including Product Design,
Innovation Lab, Faculty Training Programme, Foundation
Programme and Grassroot Innovation and Design
(GRID). He represented NID at the International Council
of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) in Japan in
1989. He has been a member of the Governing Council
Vipul Vinzuda is a transportation designer and educator.
A mechanical engineer from the National Institute of
Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, Vipul enrolled into
NID in 2004, for the Faculty Development Programme in
Industrial Design. Later, in 2008, he earned a Master’s
degree in Design and Transport from Coventry University,
He has been teaching design projects such as Non-
Motorized Transport and Vehicle Design, Design Overview,
3D Digital Modeling with Alias studio-tools, Trends
Research and Materials and Processes since he rejoined
NID in 2009.
Bhavin Kothari is a faculty of Strategic Design Management since 2006. He has completed his BTech (Civil Construction), MTech (Planning) and Post Graduation in Patent Laws.
Bhavin Kothari teaches Intellectual Property and Business, Design Management Introduction, Marketing and Merchandising, and Professional Design Practices. His interests are Design Management, Intellectual Property Rights, Craft Management, Design Project Management, Design Measurement, Transportation Design, Design Entrepreneurship, Change Management, Innovation Management, and Open Innovation.
Since 2004, Shilpa Das has been looking after Science
and Liberal Arts Studies at NID. She has cumulative work
experience of 18 years in the education, publishing, and
At NID, Shilpa teaches Comparative Aesthetics,
Semiotics and Communication, Indian Art and Culture,
Narrative Theory, Identity and Subjectivity, Cultural
Studies and Craft Documentation. At present, her
research interest lies in Disability Studies.
Mihir Bholey is an Associate Senior Faculty of
Interdisciplinary Design Studies at NID. He teaches
various Science and Liberal Arts’ subjects that cover
the broad area of Humanities and Social Sciences and
range from Semiotics to Narratology, Globalisation,
Global Warming, Urbanisation, Facades of Indian
Society and Contemporary Concerns.
Susanth C.S. is a faculty in the Industrial Design
discipline. He graduated from NID in 1998 in Industrial
Design; he specialised in Furniture Design. He started
his career with NID’s Outreach Programmes and
Consultancy Services in 1998 and joined as faculty
member in the Furniture and Interior Design discipline
Susanth has worked on many projects in the areas
of school furniture, coir composite furniture, bamboo
products, and with various craft clusters in different
parts of India. One of his core areas of interest is
bamboo and its applications. He also heads the NID
Centre for Bamboo Initiatives. He teaches in various
disciplines, especially Design for Retail Experience and
Furniture Design. He takes courses such as Design
Representation, Retail Furniture and Fixture, System
Design, Packaging, Materials and Process,
and Model Making.
Having acquired a degree in engineering in 1986, V.
Ravishankar enrolled into NID for a PG Diploma in
Product Design. Twenty years later, he once again joined
the institute as a faculty member in the Design for Retail
At NID, Ravishankar offers courses in Design Basics,
Design Methodology, Digital Product Design, Universal
Design Module, Retail Store Design, and Visual
Merchandising. He leads the NID Universal Design (UD)
Initiative and set up a Universal Design studio, a Joint
Competence Center in collaboration with University
of Applied Sciences, Germany with the objective of
generating content and formulating the curriculum for
Universal Design in design education and research
into Universal Design in India.
Bhaumik Nagar joined NID in 2007 and has 17 years
of work experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree
in electronics and did his master’s in computer
engineering. He teaches Interaction Design, Embedded
System Design, Technical Studies-II, Multisensory
Design, and E-enabled Apparel Marketing and
Merchandising at NID.
Dr Baral is a faculty of Information and Digital Design. He has been teaching at NID since 2002. Dr. Baral has received his MA in English, and MA in Philosophy from Utkal University. He also holds a PhD in Cognitive Science from IIT, Delhi.
Dr Baral teaches Cognitive Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, Ergonomics, Research Methodology and Communication Studies. His interests include Indian Analytical Philosophy, Ergonomics, Philosophy, Logic, Mathematics, and Semiotics.
Chakradhar Saswade teaches theory and practice of
Visual Semiotics and Design Fundamentals at NID.
He guides students through Diploma, Electives and
Classroom Projects as a faculty in Communication
After four years of doctoral research in the fields of art
and photography as a UGC-JRF scholar at M.S. University
of Baroda, Chakradhar joined NID in 1999 under the
Faculty Development Programme in Design Foundation
Studies. He has co-ordinated various programmes
at NID, including the Foundation Programme for the
Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD) and
Software and User Interface Development (PGDPD). He
has contributed in curriculum development activities
and is a member in several committees. He has actively
contributed in streamlining academic processes and
making the system more robust.
Jagriti P. Galphade is associated with courses in IT
Integrated Experiential Design at NID. She teaches in the
Design for Digital Experience discipline at the institute.
After completing an MA Fine Arts (Drawing and
Painting) from Barkatullah Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal,
Jagriti went on to pursue an Advanced Diploma
in Computer Arts from Centre for Development of
Advanced Computing (CDAC), Pune. She joined NID
under the Faculty Development Programme in 2004.
Currently, she teaches postgraduate students at NID
Bengaluru courses such as Basic Elements of Design,
Visual Communication, Storyboard Design, and Virtual
Prototyping, among others.
Jignesh Khakhar received a bachelor’s degree in
architecture from the Leicester School of Architecture
and attained a doctorate in Visualization from the Welsh
School of Architecture.
At NID, he teaches across disciplines such as Exhibition
Design, Product Design, Information and Interface
Design, and Photography Design. His areas of interest
include architecture; construction technology and
environmental design; and information, interface, and
Currently, Jignesh is carrying out research on multimodal
interaction design in the domain of mobile
phones. He is also working on compiling monographs
on course documentations that will focus on the various
courses that are taught under diverse disciplines at NID.
Mamata N. Rao joined NID in 2005 and teaches at
NID Bengaluru. She has cumulative work experience of
over 16 years in educational and private organisations
in Hong Kong, Sydney, and India in fields such as
architecture, creativity, multimedia and development of
web-based interfaces. She holds master’s degrees in
Design Science (Design Computing) from the University
of Sydney, Australia and in Urban Design from School of
Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.
Saurabh Srivastava is an Associate Faculty in New Media
Design at NID Gandhinagar. After working for threeand-
a-half years in the industry, designing advertising
products, and teaching subjects related to information
technology and photography at the Asian School of
Media Studies in Noida, Saurabh joined NID as Trainee
Faculty under the Faculty Development Programme in
Saurabh, who holds master’s degrees in Computer
Applications and Information Technology, teaches
Graphical User Interface Design Principles, Interactive
Media, and Still and Video Tools for Research at NID.
Dr. Soumyajit Ghosal is a Principal Designer at NID & currently
heads NID's International Collaborative R&D, from NID's R&D
Subsequent to a 16-year stint at NID Ahmedabad,
Soumyajit moved to Bengaluru in 2002 as Center Head,
NID Bengaluru and was instrumental in setting up the
institute’s R&D Campus which was inaugurated in 2006.
As the campus’ Research Group Head and then as the
Acting Dean, he helped initiate specialised postgraduate
programmes in design and research-driven design
developments for various sectors of the industry
and economy, including manufacturing, the rural
and IT sectors, and e-enabled products and process
Amit Sinha is a faculty of Apparel Design and Merchandising and Lifestyle Accessory Design since 2009. He received his BA (Sociology, Honours) from Benares Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi, and Post-Graduate Diploma in Apparel Design from NID in 2000.
Amit Sinha teaches Collection Development (Ready to Wear, Designerwear), Conceptualisation, Market and Trend Research for Fashion and Lifestyle, and Research Methodology for Design and Development.
Amresh Panigrahi has 10 years of work experience and
has been teaching at NID since June 2010. He has a
master’s degree in Strategic Design from Politecnico di
Milano, Italy and a PGDPD in Lifestyle Accessory Design
from NID. He holds a Diploma in Advanced Computer
Arts from the National Multimedia Research Centre at
the Center for Development of Advanced Computing,
Pune and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from
College of Engineering and Technology, Biju Patnaik
University of Technology, Bhubaneswar. At NID, Amresh
has taught courses in Craft Design and Trend /Design
Research and has guided students in projects on social
Krishna Amin-Patel spent about four decades as a
design educator at NID. She has also taught at various
design institutes across the USA. She has been a visiting
faculty at NID from 1977–1980. From 1981–1997, she
was a full time faculty at NID. During this time, Krishna
taught basic and advanced courses in both Textile
Design and Apparel Design, and actively contributed to
curriculum development of both disciplines in capacity
of coordinator and faculty. During her tenure at NID,
she initiated collaboration with the International Wool
Secretariat, the outcome of which was a course in
Knitwear Design. She also introduced courses in the
area of children’s wear and men’s wear. Krishna was an
important part of the Jawaja project that NID undertook
in the 1970s.
Romanie Jaitley completed her diploma in Printmaking
and Painting from the Visva Bharati University,
Santiniketan in 1977, and went on to pursue a diploma
in Industrial Design at NID. In 1981, she graduated in
Textile Design and worked widely in the areas of crafts,
textiles, and education.
At NID, Romanie has conducted and developed
advanced level courses for the Textile Design
programme. She has guided students for various
courses and diploma projects. Over the years, she has
taken a keen interest in conducting and coordinating
many workshops for the Outreach Programme at NID.
Romanie has taught extensively at other reputed design
institutes such as Pearl Academy, Indian Institute of
Crafts and Design, and National Institute of Fashion
Sanjay Guria graduated from NID in 2006, with a specialisation in Integrated Textile and Apparel Design. After working in the industry for five years, he joined as a faculty in the institute’s Apparel Design discipline in 2010.
At NID, Sanjay takes courses such as Patternmaking, Menswear, Design Projects, Design Drawing, Introduction to Textiles, Craft Documentation, Environmental Perception, and Design Concepts and Concerns. He has been actively involved in departmental and interdepartmental juries and mentoring students for their diploma projects.
Sanjay’s areas of interest include design fundamentals, uniform design, traditional crafts and cultures, trend research, fashion, and textiles.
Shimul Mehta Vyas has been involved in design
education, research, and practice for the past 19
years. After graduating in Commerce and Law, Shimul
specialised in Accessory Design from the Fashion
Institute of Technology, State University of New York,
Subsequent to a brief work experience in USA and
India, Shimul joined the National Institute of Design
in July 1995 as a faculty of Accessory Design under
the aegis of the Apparel Design discipline. Since the
past 16 years, she has been actively contributing to
the cause of design education and institution building.
With an expertise in designing accessories, Shimul set
up the Lifestyle Accessory Design (LAD) discipline at
NID in 2002.
Sonal Chauhan graduated from the National institute
of Fashion Technology in 2000. She has over 10 years
of extensive work experience in the industry as well as
in the area of crafts. She has been an educator at NID’s
Apparel Design and Merchandising Department since
Sonal takes courses such as Draping, Advance Draping,
Fabric Construction, and Garment Manufacturing
Technology. She enjoys working with Indian textiles and
crafts and also believes in and practices sustainable
She is currently working on a self-initiated project,
RENEW, reusing and repurposing plastic waste by
upcycling it and turning it into lifestyle products.
Since 2010, Aarti Srivastava has been a faculty member
in the Textile Design discipline at NID. At the institute,
she takes courses in weaving—primarily basic and
advanced woven constructions.
Aarti, who graduated in painting and literature from
Vikram University, Ujjain and attained a diploma in
Textile Design from NID, worked in the textile industry for
ten years before she joined as faculty.
Aarti has worked with various export houses as Head
Designer, designing home furnishings for the export
market using various textile materials and techniques.
She is also a part of an outreach project for Indira
Gandhi National Centre for the Arts that focuses on
the documentation of textile traditions of north-east
India. Currently, she is leading a team of researchers
who are involved in comprehensive field work and
documentation of the textile traditions of Assam.
Swasti Singh Ghai has been teaching at NID since June
2006. In the Design Foundation programme she has
been involved in teaching Elements of Colour and the
field-based course called Environmental Perception and
coordinating Basic Materials. In Textile Design, she takes
courses such as Traditional Indian Textiles and Craft
Documentation for undergraduate and postgraduate
students and guides diploma projects. She has also
offered Surface Decoration course in Ceramic and Glass
Design and has guided diploma projects as well.
Since 2006, V. Sakthivel has been teaching Fibre and
Yarn, Dyeing, Basic weaving and Introduction to Textiles
courses at NID.
Prior to joining the Faculty Development Programme
at NID, Sakthivel finished his diploma in Handloom
Technology (1994–97) and thereafter a bachelor’s
degree in Business Administration. His research interests
include design for handloom sector, indigenous
Indian cotton, and natural indigo dyeing traditions.
Some of Sakthivel’s significant projects include Design
Development for Khadi for KVIC, Mumbai (2001); Design
Development for Coir and Natural Fibres for Coir Board,
Kochi (2002–03); Design Development for Handloom
Weavers in Andhra Pradesh, Department of Handlooms
and Textiles, Government of Andhra Pradesh (2003–05);
and Documentation of Textile Traditions of the North East
– Meghalaya, 2011.
Vijai Singh Katiyar graduated as a textile designer from
NID, before which he trained as a textile technologist at
the Government Central Textile Institute (GCTI), Kanpur.
He is a Visiting Research Fellow to University of New
South Wales, Sydney. Vijai is also a member of NID’s
Policy and Planning Committee and a member of the
Governing Council of Kumarappa National Handmade
Paper Institute, Jaipur. He has lectured widely in India
and abroad. At NID, Vijai teaches Craft Documentation,
Fabric Design, Trends and Colour, Design for Jacquard,
Design for Interior Spaces, and Design Methods.
His research interests lie in design innovation, systems
and strategies, Indian crafts and traditions. Vijai, in
his long career, has also undertaken substantial work
in many aspects of design and design education.
Yengaldas N. Vivekananda is a professional designer
and teaches in the Communication Design discipline.
He joined NID in 2007 and has over two decades of
experience in teaching Visual Communication and Ply-
Split Braiding (non-loom textiles).
Presently, he is associated with the postgraduate
Foundation Programme at NID Gandhinagar and
teaches students Photography, Drawing, Basic Material,
Material Exploration and Techniques of Braiding at the
institute’s Gandhinagar and Paldi campuses. He has
also served as the coordinator of the undergraduate
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