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The National Education Policy caters to the need of interdisciplinary education and exchange of disciplines, observed Mr. Amit Khare
Dec 12, 2020

The National Education Policy caters to the need of interdisciplinary education and exchange of disciplines’, observed Mr. Amit Khare , Secretary – Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Govt. of India at the session on Integrating design across the education spectrum on December 12, 2020 at the 20th India Design Summit. The summit is being organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT)-Govt. of India, Federal Foreign Office, Govt. of Germany, Govt. of Uttarakhand and All India Council for Technical Education.  

With the growing challenges of a new era and the constant need for creating new products and services, the universities ought to redesign their core functions while creating capacities to reach out to emerging and unreached markets.

Integrating design across the education spectrum will empower various stakeholders at different levels to develop products and services following human-centred approach for the global markets.

Mr. Khare while delivering the address by the Guest of Honour at the Design Summit emphasized on the importance of design in people’s lives. He further stated that the universities will have a graded autonomy to introduce new courses. While sharing his views on learning and creativity, he mentioned that the society should be encouraged to think in terms of multidisciplinary courses for greater flexibility in learning process by the students.

Prof. Dileep Malkhede, Adviser 1, P&AP Bureau, AICTE while mentioning about their curriculum on design thinking, supported the idea of students’ club for transforming their ideas to reality and providing opportunities for co-creation.

Ms. Nandita Abraham, President, Pearl Academy stated that there is a need to integrate design thinking in our mainstream education and to have a fine balance of interdisciplinary courses in the curriculum, which caters to the multidisciplinary roles a student will have to play as professionals. 

In his address, Mr. Deepankar Bhattacharyya, Head, Business Development (Education) - Asia Pacific, Autodesk India mentioned that the fundamental education should be matched with the industry needs. He also felt the need for retraining our existing workforce with design thinking approach.

Prof. Uday Desai, Former Director, IIT Hyderabad while s haring his thoughts on unstructured learning and its role in unleashing creativity, said that an operational framework that enables progressive implementation of design thinking needs to be developed. He observed that design thinking in an engineering curriculum may be encouraged by setting up design clubs, design hubs (managed and run by students only) etc.

12 December 2020
New Delhi 

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