DIC’s would work towards introducing design and innovation component in existing courses apart from introducing a few dedicated courses. It will introduce design and innovation component in selected existing courses at both UG/PG level. The course structure will aim at overall development of students by inculcating a strong design oriented thinking. Armed with grounding in core science, engineering, arts, humanities and management studies, the learning will be based on hands-on training and experience. Along with strong industry participation. Internships and real life case studies and projects with industry will form an essential part of the curriculum. Working in multi-disciplinary teams, doing collaborative projects and building on communication skills will be ingrained in the programme. The main focus area of the school will be teaching process, product & service innovation through amalgamation of technology, science and humanities by design. The core area of intervention are –
-Craft & Agriculture
-Capacity building at the bottom of the pyramid
-Products for emerging Market
-Humanising contemporary technology
Out of the aboveDIC-IITB has three core focus areas –
1. Humanizing Technology
2. Craft development for livelihood
To fulfil the objective the approach from DIC-IITB will be divided primarily in two major phases:
Phase 1 – Conducting minor programme in design for undergraduate students across disciplines in IIT and organising short-term workshops and national conferences on methodology for innovation.
i) Currently, 140 students are registered for ID 401 course which focuses on problem solving and coming up with innovative solutions in the field.
ii) In the past, a national conference Abhikalpana 2012 was conducted, and eminent designers and practitioners were invited to present and deliberate on how innovation education can be achieved. In 2015, Abhikalpana was part of TechFest at IITB wherein works of various faculty members and projects under DIC was exhibited.
Phase 2 – Starting a special five semester (two and half years) M.Des programme on design innovation wherein multiple disciplines of design converge to develop products, services and systems which can be field tested. The students will necessarily work in groups so that synergy can be developed within given project schedule to complete the projects. There will be collaboration with industries, NGOs and institutes of repute to make the programme very effective as the mandate is to solve field problems. The students would have access to expert consultants for their project. They would be offered scholarship to work on their projects after their course is over to stay back and finish the product and help would also be offered for launching the product in the market. The core focus of the program will be to create design innovators for India that can achieve balance between learning and action resulting in innovative services, products and processes during their academic tenure.
Vision of DIC-IITB
The vision for the Design Innovation Centre, IITB is to scout for problems in the rural areas and bring out innovative solutions.