9-11 January 2017     |     Department of Design   |    IIT Guwahati   |     Guwahati, India
ICONNN Keynote Speaker


Prof. Amit Ray

Professor of Design
Department of Art & Design
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Shiv Nadar University

Professor Amit Ray has a Diploma in Fine Arts and Crafts from Visva-Bharati (1966), Post-Diploma in Fine Arts from the M.S. University of Baroda (1968), M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago (1975), and Ph.D. in Environmental Design, Environmental Ethics, Art and Design from the University of Georgia (1987). He joined IIT Kanpur in 1978, where he help professorship since 1995. He is an outstanding teacher who inspired a generation of students. Professor Ray played a significant role in the initiation and mentoring of three major design programmes in India: at IIT Kanpur, IIITDM Jabalpur, and Shiv Nadar University, and is currently mentoring a design programme at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He received distinguished teacher award from IIT Kanpur in 2006.

Title of Keynote Address 1:

“The Scopes and Challenges in Design Education”


In 1950s India witnessed the first organized initiative of design education at NID, Ahmedabad. The primary challenge was to integrate the heritage of Indian Craft Culture in the stream of Industrial Design. Most of the curriculum was built around the philosophy and the principles of Bauhaus. Skill development was one of the virtues that were inculcated among the young students.
India is trying to project as an aspiring design oriented country in the world of Industrial Design. Naturally, the scope and challenges are wide open for all of us. The world has become extremely competitive in the field of design. World leaders have accepted that Design will be the future currency of every nation where Innovation will play the most important role not Invention.
In order to introduce strong innovation oriented design curriculum the Design Schools have to think quite differently. The Liberal Design Education policy may shift the gear to a new direction. The new challenge, how to introduce Liberal Education Philosophy in the new design curriculum?
Therefore, I feel the time has come; the design educators have to explore the scope of new age design education that would not only help the economy but also introduce new exciting challenges to the teachers and the students.

Conference Chair
Debkumar Chakrabarti
DoD, IIT Guwahati
Programme Chair
Amaresh Chakrabarti
CPDM, IISc Bangalore

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