The study tour provided a bird’s eye view of the Design education provision in the UK; very useful; extremely enjoyable; a little bit rushed, said one of the participating delegates. A major outcome of the study tour is it will help define the brief for his upcoming new campus, building (hardware to support the new software) - architecture for interdisciplinary architecture to cater to different types of students in the future.
Another delegate mentioned that he already had some on-going partnerships with the UK universities; however he found this trip very useful as he could identify common areas for research, e.g. Design Innovation, Design Research, etc. with UK universities and also connect with practitioners as well as the Victoria and Albert Museum. He volunteered to organise an Indo-UK Design collaborative event back in India, Ahmedabad, wherein both the UK and Indian delegations are welcome to participate, deliberate on various topics for the benefit of design students across India.
The above two were part of a nine member delegation representing 1. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad 2. Ambedkar University’s School of Design, Delhi 3. DJ Academy of Coimbatore 4. Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore and 5. Shiv Nadar University, Delhi visited the UK from 7th to 11th October. The purpose of the study tour was to share best practices in design education, practice and research and explore opportunities for collaboration between the Indian and UK institutions.
The Indian delegation, mostly deans and senior faculty members with diverse expertise and interest met their counterparts at 1. Glasgow School of Art 2. Manchester Metropolitan School of Art 3. Birmingham Institute of Art and Design 4. Central St Martins, University of Arts London and 5. Royal College of Arts, London during this trip. They received a warm welcome, attended round table meetings, visited various interdisciplinary departments, facilities that followed one to one meetings. The Indian delegation was particularly happy to have met the Deans, Associate faculties and Pro-Vice Chancellors in couple of universities that reinstated their interest and commitment to partner with India. Besides the delegates also met design practitioners and representatives from other UK universities at a breakfast meeting organised at British Council, Spring Gordon and also visited Victoria and Albert Museum. The delegates expressed full satisfaction and were able to identify individual and institutional interests for follow up.