IIT Delhi is not just for engineering geeks anymore; there's place for creative designers too!
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The Indian Institutes of Technology is where all the technical geniuses of the country head to, but it seems that IIT Delhi plans to attract creative minds to its campus as well, as it will soon be establishing a full-fledged department focused on design, the "School of Design".
Although IIT Delhi already offers Master of Design, it only has a limited intake with just four faculty members. The new school will offer the 4 year long UG program, Bachelor of Design (B.Des) apart form the 2 year PG course, M.Des.
As of now, only two other IITs in India offer B.Des degrees, IIT Bombay and IIT Guwahati while a few others offer M.Des and Ph.D in Design. According to IIT Delhi's Director, V Ramgopal Rao, aesthetic product design is as important as the design of the interiors of a gadget. He said that once the School of Design is established, more faculty will be added to teach the Masters course and gradually the Bachelors course will also be added. The B.Des and B.Tech students will get to work together on projects to design products that can be patented and commercialized.
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While the Common Entrance Examination For Design (CEED) is conducted by IIT Bombay for admission to various M.Des programs across the IITs and IISc. Bangalore, UCEED is conducted for admission to B.Des. at IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati and IIITDM Jabalpur. The NID also conducts an entrance exam, the Design Aptitude Test (DAT) for admission to its B.Des programs offered across its campuses in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bengaluru.