Opening Pathways

First IDSA Chapter Launched in India

For the first time, an IDSA chapter has been formed in India. The IDSA Student Chapter at Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) was launched in 2017 at a ceremony attended by more than 200 students, faculty and staff. Special guests included Sathiya Seelan, transportation designer, Ashok Leyland motor company; Govindasamy Vishwanathan, founder and chancellor, VIT; Anand Samuel, pro vice chancellor, VIT; and Natarajan Arivazhagan, dean, School of Mechanical Engineering, VIT.

"I thank IDSA for its continuous support and encouragement from day one," says VIT IDSA Student Chapter President and Founder P.V. Pavan Kalyan, I/IDSA. "Now the collaboration of IDSA with VIT will open many pathways for students to explore the field of industrial design."

Other inaugural officers are: Samrat Kar, S/IDSA, vice president; Sumanth Bhuma, S/IDSA, secretary; and S. Sai Ramcharan, S/IDSA, secretary. The faculty advisors are Associate Professors Kumar Raja, IDSA, and P.A. Jeeva, IDSA, of VIT's Centre for Innovative Manufacturing Research.

VIT's IDSA Student Chapter events have included Design-A-Thon, Augmented Reality, CAD Modeling and Automotive Styling.

VIT's master's in industrial design creates "a new breed of problem solvers" and is for students with a bachelor's degree in design, engineering or architecture, who are able to "work beyond boundaries and bring together their skills and ideas for innovative solutions. "This program encourages contemporary design thinking and gives a wider perspective to the thoughts and ideas of tomorrow. The M.Des. program aims to develop skills, knowledge and aptitude among students so that they can bring about innovation in the product manufacturing industry. The students are trained to approach product design from a holistic viewpoint, integrating aesthetics, ergonomics and engineering.