Meet the Faculty of Institute of Design

Prof. A. Balasubramaniam

Director, Institute of Design

Bala is an alumnus of NID, Ahmedabad, and has taught across major design institutes in the country, including NID, NIFT, and the School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), New Delhi.

He is the founding Director of the Institute of Design at JKLU. He is also the President of ADI (Association of Designers of India) for the term 2022-24.

He was the Dean of IILM School of Design in Gurgaon from 2007 to 2010 and has also been a member of the Academic Board for several design institutes, including SPA, New Delhi and Nirma University.  He is a regular jury member at NID, NIFT and other places. Bala has been a Design Consultant to Oxfam, where he helped Indian artisans develop products for the European market. He was instrumental in setting up the Prototype Initiative for Design Excellence (PRIDE), the design division at NSIC for the Government of India Initiative. He holds the unique experience of creating one of the first programmes in Design based on digital delivery.

He has designed market-leading products as diverse as tractors and torches for Eveready, Eicher, Usha, Hero Motors, Bajaj, NIF and UNDP. He writes on the subject of Design in leading magazines and newspapers and on his blog.

Prof. Devanuj K. Balkrishan

Dean, Institute of Design

A designer with qualifications in three different domains of design namely, Architecture from IIT, Roorkee, Product Design from IIT, Delhi and Human-Computer Interaction from IIT, Bombay. He is trained to work on human problems related to habitat or usability.

Regardless of the domains, his work follows four phases:

  • Analysis: Developing a coherent understanding of the users’ context along physical, social, cultural, technological and political dimension
  • Exploration: Creatively exploring the solution space
  • Design: Prototyping solutions, and
  • Evaluation: Iteratively evaluating the competing solutions with respect to original design goals.

He is a noted scholar who has developed approaches to train computers for recognising human handwriting at Tata Consultancy Services. Currently, he is working on understanding and predicting digital technology usage in rural and low-literate contexts in India from a design oriented approach.

For the last three years, he has been on the program committee of the Indian conference on Human Computer Interaction (India-HCI). During his PhD, he developed an inclination towards social sciences and statistics, that reflects strongly in his thesis. Additionally, he is a student-practitioner of traditional Advaita, Vedanta philosophy. He is also an engineer who not only studied at India’s premier technical institutes, but has worked in the country’s largest IT Company in a role that required high proficiency in mathematics and programming. Last but not the least, he also identifies as an artist who has acquired many creative skills, both through academic discipline and outside it. This includes poetry, film making, and music composition.

Faculty Members

Anirudha Biswas

Industrial Designer; Product Designer, Mentor, Pearl Academy

Suranjana Satwalekar

Exhibition Designer; Senior Faculty - NID Ahmedabad; Founder - Satwalekar Design Studio; Alum - NID Ahmedabad, St. Stephens, DU

Amitanshu R. Shrivastav

Product Designer; B.Des. from IICD, Jaipur; Founder & Designer at Amitansh Thinking Studio

Yash Bahadur Raizada

Graphic Design; Branding; Media Management; Data Visualisation

Astha Gohil

Visual Communication Designer; Independent film maker; Academician/ Mentor

Binil Mohan

Design management professional; CSIP Research Fellow; Sahapedia-UNESCO Fellow.

Shivatmika Lala

Animation Film Design; NID, Ahmedabad; Diploma in Stop motion animation, Barreira Arte y Diseño, Valencia, Spain

Abhishek Meena

Furniture design; Industrial design; Design execution; B.Des. from NID, Ahmedabad; Founder – Sacca Design

Beda Prakash

Product Design; Automotive Design; Advanced Skills in 2D and 3D Design

Visiting Faculty

Kshitiz Anand

Associate Vice President, Paytm. Indiana University, Bloomington.

Saurabh Deb

Chief Designer UX , Samsung.  NID Ahmedabad.

Manish Iyer

Senior Industrial Designer from NID, Co-founder and Chief Designer – Designworth

Chandni Rajendran

Product Design Manager – Aspire; Ex- Quicksand Design Studio; Founder, Tactopus; Alum – IIT Bombay

Saurabh Suman

Senior Product Designer          Sumo Logic ; IIT Bombay

Akash Alegaonkar

Award-winning Transportation Designer; Member, Faculty Development Programme, IIT Guwahati.

Shailan Parker

Senior Photographer; Senior Faculty – NID Ahmedabad.

Sunali Aggarwal

M.Des, NID Ahmedabad. Co-founder of Mobikwik

Kaustuv Majumdar

Industrial Designer and architect, Geis and Bartner, Germany

Mahendra Patel

Mentor Professor, DY Patil International University; Former Visiting Faculty, IDC School of Design, IIT Mumbai.

Rasagy Sharma

Product Designer, Sundial; Visiting Faculty – NID; M.Des. – NID Ahmedabad.

P. Karthikeyan
Karthikeyan P.

Senior Interaction Designer; Alum – IIT Bombay

Gaurav Juyal

Learning Experience Designer, Byjus; Former Host – Art Attack; Founding Faculty – Institute of Design, JKLU

Abhishek Biswas

Product Designer

Mamta Mantri

PhD. University of Mumbai; Research and Interpretation Expert.

Ambika Joshi

Director & Co-founder at Ajaibgarh; Project Manager – Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal; Creative Coder; Alum – NIFT

Jury Members

Aditi Dhar

Founder & Director, Vitasta Design; Industrial & Product Designer, NID, Ahmedabad

Abhishek Shrivastava

Asst. Professor of Interaction Design, Institute of Design, IIT Guwahati; M.Des, NID Ahmedabad; PhD IIT Bombay

Amaltas Khan

Industrial Designer, Head of Department, Product Design, NID, Andhra Pradesh; Former Design Consultant, WoodKart

Anubha Kakroo

Sr. Lead Experience Designer – Airtel; Professor of Design; Alumnus – SPA Delhi, Brunel University London.

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