Finally, Design Policy

Finally, India got its own design policy on 9th Feb, 2007.

From many years many people related with design industries & education, along with CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) and DIPP (Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion), were working on this. Design drafts were made and nothing happened much in the area of so called Design, which is such an important aspect of human life.

India’s IIT institutes are well known in middle class families but the name of NID (world top 50 design school) leaves many clueless. And, amongst those who have heard about the same, equate it with another fashion designing school. There are so many IITs and IIMs but design institute … well last week only Govt. approved making of four more National Institute of Design which might awards degrees instead of postgraduate or undergraduate diplomas. After all in India there are only 10 design colleges compare to Korea 300 design colleges and number of design students producing every year in India are around 8-10,000 as compare to China 30,000.

A design policy provides the deciding factors for any plan to carry on in long terms, it talks about the objectives and determines the favorable & unfavorable conditions by determining the design issues for the same. After deciding a design policy monitoring and keeping updates on same is also important. It not only ensures the high quality design by following the designing standards and things could be complete in given time frame.

For ensuring a permanent design connection between the design professional, design researchers, design companies & organizations and communicating with others and reaching to a broader market & society and boosting up the economics of the nation.

Here are the excerpts from the National Design Policy:

    1. “platform for creative design development, design promotion and partnerships across many sectors, states, and regions for integrating design with traditional and technological resources.”
    2. global positioning and branding of Indian designs and making “designed in India” a by-word for quality and utility in conjunction with “Made in India” and “Served from India.”
    3. making India a major hub for exports and outsourcing of designs and creative process for achieving a design-enabled innovation economy;
    4. attracting investments, including foreign direct investments, in design services and design related R&D; and involving industry and professional designers in the collaborative development of the design profession.

So no more hindrance, Indians got the passport to design good stuff. )

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Traveling shots, in Short

Exciting & enthralling euros Europe! Really it’s awesome! Through I visited only 3 countries France (Paris), Germany (Frankfurt & around) and Finland (Helsinki).
(Few pictures are uploaded)

Eiffel tower -photo taken from very far

But I spent more time in visiting Paper World messe, it was truly world class. And Christmas world halls were like out of world type. The decoration, the theme everything about that hall no. 9 was illuminated & intense.

Friends from Halle, Germany
I met my friends from Halle and it was really nice to talk over coffee about Gujju land language to our Rang de Basanti film Experience etc.

Staying in Commerce City Frankfurt to going to old cities was real contrasting. Visited a small Gothic architecture style city Rothenberg by traveling through Romantic road as well as Heidelberg where one of the Europe oldest Universities is situated and visited famous Heidelberger Schloss.

From Rothenberg

Spending two days at -15 degree in Finland was really freezing. But I liked this Helsinki, it was warm in an unknown way. Might be I got fascinated by seeing the crafts & designs of this land that’s minimilistic & functional.

Now in general about this 12days visit, French people were not much comfertable with english and asking for any guidence to local men were not much helpful In Germany, people were so busy that they even have their breakfast while catching the S or U in metro stations. In Finland, there were hardly people to locate but they were well versed in common language.
And for a veggie person, its difficult to live without visiting an Indian Restaurent thats also mostly occupid by local people I guess they too like spicy Indian meals )
About clothing, its difficult to get a glare of bright colors on roads when all cover with there overcoats & leather gloves. So 85% cloths colors were black, rest shades of browns & creams with hints of reds.

Coming back to India, ahh , its like best of all cultures & lifestyles. Fine, you might find all that appealing there but when think in long term you would want to stay in India as here you see same old with new upcoming almost everyday.
And when I was returning back (in flight) I saw people around me were reading about India or watching special documentation on TV and smiling; I was all humming the Song – thodi si khuboo mere batan ki …

BTW right now I am in the most critical time of my life.
I might get back.