NID figures in top 20 design institutes

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Ahmedabad, Dec 10 (UNI) National Institute of Design (NID) has figured in the rankings of world's top 20 design Institutes for two consecutive years -- 2006 and 2007, in a survey conducted by Business Week, an international business weekly.

Addressing mediapersons here today, NID Director Dr Darlie O Koshy said for the second consecutive time NID has been ranked among some of the world's best design schools like Domus Academy, Italy, ENSCI, France, Illinois Institute of Technology, US, MIT, US Royal College of Art, London, Keio University, Japan and so on.

He said that there is a visible, growing international interest in NID alongside simultaneous close interaction with various design institutions and design promotion organisations.

''We have planned a series of two Italian and one Swiss international design exhibitions at NID from January,'' Dr Koshy said.

He said in the first Italian exhibition, scheduled in January, 100 Italian objects which are considered to be design landmarks will be on display.

It would be followed by another Italian exhibition in February and a Swiss design exhibition, named Criss and Cross in March 2008.

These interactions would enliven interest of the international design community in NID and Vice-versa.

He also said the 28th Convocation of NID would be held December 15, in which a total of 185 students will be awarded diploma in different disciplines of design, out of which 129 were from post graduate diploma programme and 56 from under graduate programme.

''Among the different disciplines, product design has the highest number of students graduating this year which is 27, closely followed by textile design which has 26. Strategic design management discipline would see its first batch of four students passing out this year,'' he added.

NID would present the ''Pride of NID'' award to 18 students, who have won accolades in major national or international design competitions.

Noted Industralist and Chairman of Kineti Group Arun Firodia would be the convocation speaker this year, he informed.

UNI

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