Introduction

DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies commenced session on 30 August, 2010. The weeks leading up to it were hectic, but at the same time exciting. The staff took great pains in planning and execution of the events.

Induction Week

The college started with the induction week, which was held from 30 August to 5 September 2010. The Induction week was filled with activities. It gave students a feel of how the college will function, what’s expected of them, their responsibilities etc.

  • Mr. Dilip Chhabria interacted with the students and answered all their queries, doubts and so forth
  • Students and faculty members had their formal introductions
  • Mr. Hrridaysh Deshpande gave a presentation on ‘What is design.’
  • Ms. Ratna Chatterjee, Senior Faculty, gave a presentation on ‘What is Automotive Design’
  • Faculty took the students through the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum
  • Mr. Jagpreet Singh took a session on Mind Mapping for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Students participated in a group discussion on a topic related to design
  • Mr. Anthony Thomas, a senior English professor, conducted a workshop on Communication skill:  The students were introduced to “Elements of Effective Communication”, with the help of inputs from the trainer and practical interactive exercises. The students participated actively in the Workshop.
  • Mr. Mahendra Patel took a workshop on visual order. He covered topics like Harmony, Rhythm, Balance and Contrast :  Mr. Prof. Patel is one of the finest teachers of Design today. He has been a faculty with National institute of   Design, Ahmedabad for the past 39 years. He also conducts workshops and training programs at Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda; Srishti College of Arts and Design, Bangalore, Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad, Industrial Design Center, IIT Mumbai, and Indian Institute of Crafts, Jaipur. He has also taught at Rhode Island School of Design, USA, Nova Scotia College of Arts, Canada, Christchurch College of Arts, New Zealand and Indus Valley School of Arts and Architecture, Pakistan. Presently, he is serving as adjunct faculty member at the Symbiosis Institute of Design (SID) and MIT Institute of Design, both of which are in Pune. He recently won the Gutenberg International Award for his contribution in font designing for Indian scripts, and map design and signage design for Indian cities.

Chevrolet Design Contest:

General Motors conducted a session with our students. They wanted our students to take part in a design contest titled, Design the Next Chevrolet. Mr. Anil Saini, Director, Design Studio (India) – General Motors, Bangalore came to our school, interacted with our students, gave them a brief history of General Motors – its past, present and future, and took questions from students.

Guest Faculty

Post the induction week, it was time to turn to serious academics. DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies has an exemplary list of both Full-time and Visiting Faculty. So far we’ve have had two of the most respected designers as guest faculty at DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies.

Mr. Patrick Roupin:

Mr. Patrick Roupin is an award winning Belgium designer. He holds a Masters degree in product engineering design from the ISD – Supinfocom Group, Valenciennes / Pune. He won the Designer for Real World – Victor PAPANECK Prize in 2004. Patrick formerly worked as a usability specialist for one of the world’s leading usability companies in India. He has also worked as a product designer with companies such as Decathlon and Faurecia in France.

His Workshop:

  • Students were exposed to the importance of user research.
  • The interacted with customers to gather information, which they used to re-designing and create innovations from scratch.
  • They went through the complete user research process, whereby they could understand each and every step of design analysis to conceptualization through practical exercises.
  • Their design directions were presented with user observation, videos and interviews they captured in the city.

Mr. Nicola Crea:

Mr. Nicola Crea is a design manager and consultant for product development, who has worked with great automobile companies like Pininfarina Concept Institute, Fiat, Mercedes-Benz cars and Giannini. In 1992, he ventured into designing of boats and motorcycles and started his own consultancy, “Victory design”, which is an engineering studio devoted to yacht design. From 2006 to 2008, he headed CISME (Centro Interdipartimentale di Studi sulla Mobilità Ecosostenibile), research center of studies on sustainable mobility. He is also the coordinator for all design activities for Tulton, a company that specializes in development of new products. He is a professor at the University of Chieti, and regularly collaborates with the Politecnico di Milano and University of Genoa.

His Workshop:

  • He primarily spoke of the design process, i.e. how it all begins to how the vehicle (the finished product) finally comes on to the road.
  • He spoke about how a car functions, how it is manufactured,
  • He spoke about sustainable design, sustainable future and the scope of design in India.
  • He also spoke about how a design project is to be handled by automobile designers.

All these activities, workshops, seminars, events and so forth have only reiterated the fact that DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies is one of the foremost automobile design schools in Asia. We endeavor to have more such things in the near future, and make learning more vibrant and interesting for our students.

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