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Way2k 4 Oct 2012
NID to set up design centre for railway

After getting managerial inputs from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM-A), the Indian Railways will now receive design solutions from the country’s leading design institute. The National Institute of Design (NID) is planning to set up a design centre for the Indian Railways at its campus in 2012.

NID to set up design centre for railway

The institutes plan to set up such a centre materialized following railway minister Dinesh Trivedi’s visit to the campus on December 23. NIDs idea for the centre is to re-solve all design issues related to railways, which is one of the worlds largest public sector employer. Indian Railways touches the life of the rich and the poor and connects the length and breadth of the country. And we see lots of opportunities to solve various issues in the sector through design, said director of NID Pradyumna Vyas. Apart from the learning opportunity for students, it will also be an opportunity for the institute to serve the sector through its expertise.

The idea was put forth to the minister during his recent visit to the campus after he showed keen interest in the matter. The institute will put a formal proposal to the ministry in January 2012. Talking about the centre, Vyas said that it will encourage students of various disciplines like product design, graphics design, textiles, transportation and automobile design to take up hypothetical projects related to Indian Railways. The best of these projects will be presented to railways officials.

We already have a lot of hypothetical design projects based on Indian railways that were carried out by our students with guidance from faculties. The coming of such a centre can accelerate such activities to generate a variety of designs related to the railways ranging from uniform for the staff to interiors of compartments, furniture at platforms and berths as well as providing better services to passengers in terms of reservation and comfort, among other things, said Vyas. NID has earlier carried out design projects for Mumbai local train and Mumbai Monorail.

Courtesy: Times of India

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