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

Raghavan-Adarkar ICONNN Award
Raghavan-Adarkar ICONNN Award is named after Prof MR Raghavan and Late Prof VN Adarkar - two stalwarts in design education in India. In 1963, Professor MR Raghavan initiated at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) what might arguably have been the first two courses on engineering design methodology in India. He named these 'Design of Engineering Systems' and 'Design of Mechanical Systems'. Renamed as 'Creative Engineering Design', the course 'Design of Engineering Systems' courses is still taught as part of IISc's Masters in Design programme. This means the course has already been running for over fifty years, making it one of the longest running courses on design methodology in the world. Late Professor VN Adarkar initiated two major design institutions in India: Sir JJ School of Applied Art in 1961, and the Industrial Design Centre at Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai in 1969.

Professor MR Raghavan

Prof MR Raghavan was born on 20 January 1928. He did his BE in Mechanical Engineering from University of Mysore, and his Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Mechanics from the University of Sheffield. He worked as a draftsman at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for a year, and which he joined as a research student at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore where he received his PhD under the guidance of Prof K Narayanaswamy. He started his academic career as a Lecturer at the Department of Mechanical Engineering in IISc in 1953. Inspired and encouraged by Prof A. Ramachandran, who was a visionary professor of Mechanical Engineering at IISc, Prof Raghavan started the first set of Engineering design methodology courses in India at IISc in 1963. For nearly twenty five years, he taught the two courses: Design of Engineering Systems (later named Creative Engineering design) and Design of Mechanical systems, to Masters students in Mechanical Engineering. He also set up a Laboratory for Metrology at IISc. During his career, he always emphasized the need for teaching the Basic Design Proces in all engineering curricula in India. He also taught for many years an evening course on Creative Engineering Design and Engineering Metrology to engineers from various industries and to teachers from engineering colleges across India. He has published in various Journals and conferences.

Late Professor VN Adarkar

Prof VN Adarkar was born on 23 August 1908 in Vengurla, Maharashtra, where he completed his schooling and joined JJ School of Art for his diploma in Fine Art. In 1947. He worked for two years in Times of India before joining JJ School of Art as a member of its teaching faculty. At the JJ School of Art he set up the Department of Applied Art, which later became Sir JJ Institute of Applied Art, and Prof Adarkar became its first Dean. He later became the Director of Art, Government of Maharashtra, a position he retained till his retirement. He played a key role in the establishment of four Printing Technology institutes in India. He was instrumental in initiating IDC, IIT Bombay, and was its Adviser for the first five years. He also held the position of Art Director for the Indian Express Group. For many years, he served on the Philatelic Advisory Committee of the Govt. of India and was closely associated with the design of important stamps of the period. He was instrumental in setting up Kala Nagar: a work and residential complex for artists in Mumbai. After retirement he started painting again and exhibited his work. The Central Institute of Art and Design, London, conferred Honoris Causa on him. Among various awards he received, particularly noteworthy were the Indian Society of Advertisers ISA-Khatau gold medal and the Padma Shri Award from the Government of India in 1965.

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

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