The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi is likely to start a four-year Bachelor in Design (B.Des) course from the academic session 2020-21. An expected, a total of 20 seats will be offered under the course. PV Madhusudhan Rao, Head, Department of Design, IIT-Delhi confirmed that the process to offer a bachelor’s course in design has begun and enrolments are likely to commence from the next academic year.
Rao said that the course is being drafted considering the increasing demand for design education. “There has always been an interest in studying design among students but it has remained lesser than engineering. However, now, the demand for design courses is increasing more than ever.”
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The IIT-Bombay, IIT-Guwahati, and IIITDM-Jabalpur already provide a B.Des course. IIT-Delhi also offers master’s level courses in design. Admission to these courses is conducted through the Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED). However, IIT-Delhi is yet to decide the selection process. IIT-Delhi might also consider enrolment through Joint Engineering Examination (JEE), as informed by the officials.
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Rao said that the proposal has been floated and details will soon be finalized by the authorities. Including the selection process, the authorities are yet to finalise the fee structure, admission process, hostel facility and recruitment of new faculty.
While Rao said that the number of faculty members for design courses is lesser, he did not specify if there would be any new hiring for the undergraduate course. Deeksha Gupta, student co-ordinator, B.Des at IIT-Delhi, informed that in the last two years, two full-time faculty members and one guest faculty have been recruited in the department. She confirmed that more teachers will be hired soon.
Courtesy: The Indian Express
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