Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has launched Master in Design (MDes) course from the current academic session. The new course will be offered under the Department of Design and Innovation, which will be a new department at the university.
Initially, the department will offer MDes to its students, although there are plans for graduate studies and research degrees in future. The Department’s current areas of focus are, Product Design, Interaction Design, and Communication Design. The idea for creating a new department is rooted in providing experiential learning to the students while also preparing them for the future of jobs in India.
The department and the new course have been inaugurated with two core priorities: 1. Inculcating a culture and practice of critical design thinking in the workers of tomorrow. 2. Building future leaders and entrepreneurs having a strong foundation in design innovation with abilities to undertake research and translate new ideas into tangible actions.
Terming it as a remarkable moment, Najma Akhtar, vice-chancellor, JMI said that over the last hundred years, Jamia has become a leader in providing accessible and affordable quality education emerging as one of the most progressive educational institutions in India.
In his address, Professor Farhat Basir Khan, who led the establishment of the department, emphasized, “The department has been established to creatively address the growing demand for design professionals & innovators in the country; the Design professionals who can build and create a business with purpose and address this wide gap; the Design professionals who can think on their feet and come up with out-of-the-box creative solutions well suited to a country of 1.4 billion people with vast inequalities”.