Design education in India

By thedesignvillage, November 26, 2014

We don’t need no education

We don’t need no thought control

No dark sarcasm in the classroom

Teachers leave them kids alone

It’s a pity that despite knowing the legendary Pink Floyd song on education since 1979, we still don’t understand it. Design education cannot be taught. It is not surprising to see that the Government of India struggles to award degrees for this vocation and support design education in India, as there are no course books in its curriculum.

Design entails providing solutions to problems of any nature and therefore, design thinking is what is impertinent for such education. To think one must liberate the mind. We, as educators in India need to understand that for designers to thrive, creativity must be allowed to flow. Exposure to different flavors, cultures and lifestyles is what triggers the mind to think out-of-the-box. This would really improve design education in India.

Of Course, to develop a skill, each student has to go through the rigor of perfecting it. But beyond that stage, the individual is responsible to take it forward. No one can teach another individual how to think, but they can definitely be guided and exposed. Design educators therefore, don’t need to teach design; they just need to inspire.

-Mridu Sahai- Chief Operating Officer – TDVStudents visiting TDV campus