DESINNO

DESIGN & INNOVATION CAPACITY BUILDING IN INDIA

About DESINNO

(Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European union)

  1. The DESINNO project  aims at establishing innovation capacities in India with the help of improved Design education considering the modern social, economic and business environment.
  2. Primarily, this project is set up to contribute to the modernization efforts of the industrial design and creative sectors of India through enhanced quality of educational services and future human resources, that are built on transfer of educational curriculum content and good practices from EU Programme Countries.
  3. More specifically, DESINNO project will contribute to the internationalization of the Indian Design Education through the establishment of three Design & Innovation Centres in universities of India.  

Newsletters

6 Feb., 2021

Newsletter 4.0

17 April, 2020

Newsletter 3.0

17 April, 2020

Newsletter 2.0

17 April, 2020    

Newsletter 1.0

Public Deliverables

National Research Reports

WP 1.2

This report aims to provide a review on Design and Innovation in India from the early days of Independence to the present and beyond. Focus is given to innovative methods for research and design, extreme affordability principles for product design and development, community-based programs for design and innovation and educational practices.
The scope of design covers industrial design, design of human-computer interaction and design of services. Background and context analysis is provided, which includes statistical data and trends of design and innovation in India covering both commercial aspects and educational programmes. Emphasis is given to the collaboration between industry and HEIs. Research also includes existing examples of cooperation between industry and HEIs, Internships and other activities related to design education.

EU Best Practices Database

WP 1.3

The aim of this report is to Identify and analyse EU best practices to be transferred to target countries of DESINNO project: success stories will be related to existing Design & Innovation centres or labs and to the collaboration among academia and industry for the development of the sector. The best practices include also design courses delivered in European HEIs as part of multi-disciplinary design curricula. This is achieved through a two-step process.1) literature review about design and innovation with a focus on innovative methods for research and design, educational practises and facilities able to support didactic and research in this field; and 2) selection and evaluation of EU best practices related to Design education, research and innovation. The focus of the research will be the analysis of Existing Research & Innovation Centres and paradigms of cooperation between HEIs and Industry in order to collect insights useful for the DESINNO partners. 

Cross Country Research Report

WP 1.4

This report synthesises the results of the desk research carried out with the results of two questionnaires and a focus group that were undertaken as part of the field study. This report aims to assess the importance of Design for the India’s economy, the services that will be offered by the Design & Innovation centres, the most favourite pedagogical approach for Design & Innovation centres and existing design courses to be improved. Finally, it aims to identify EU best practices and success stories to be transferred to India. The methodological approach and the tools (i.e. questionnaire, templates for collecting data, guidelines for the focus groups, template for the collection of best practices). The research undertaken adopts a three-pronged approach bringing together three discrete components: Desk research, Field research through interview, Field research through focus groups, the triangulation of the conclusions will provide a better understanding of the context and a higher degree of confidence in the analysis of the results.

Improved Design Courses

WP 2.3

The Improved Courses Report offers an analysis of existing courses offered by WUD, RIMT and IIIT-D, which have been identified for improvement. Using as a framework the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education, developed by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2011, this document evaluates the existing curricula of the partner institutes based on: core knowledge, areas of activities, and professional values. It also identifies ways in which courses at these institutions can utilise the new Design and Innovation Centres.

Collaboration Platform

WP 2.8

The IIIT Delhi has worked on the website www.desinno.org and a Slack Workspace named "Desinno" as a collaboration platform. The website is used to disseminate the project outcomes to the wider public. The Slack workspace acts as the collaboration platform among the partners. The workspace consists of different channels to manage the communication and make the communication smooth.  The social media platforms of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are also being used to collaborate with dedicated Facebook and LinkedIn pages as well as a dedicated Twitter handle. 

Project Website and Social Networks

WP 4.3

The IIIT Delhi has created a public responsive website www.desinno.org to disseminate the project outcomes. The website is kept updated by IIIT Delhi team.  The website is used to disseminate the project outcomes to the wider public. The social media platforms of Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter are also being used to collaborate with dedicated Facebook and LinkedIn pages as well as a dedicated Twitter handle. 

Institutes

Project Description

The DESINNO project aims at establishing innovation capacities in India with the help of improved Design education considering the modern social, economic and business environment.

Primarily, this project is set up to contribute to the modernization efforts of the industrial design and creative sectors of India through enhanced quality of educational services and future human resources, that are built on transfer of educational curriculum content and good practices from EU Programme Countries.

More specifically, DESINNO project will contribute to the internationalization of the Indian Design Education through the establishment of three Design & Innovation Centres in universities of India. These centres will provide a common ground for:

-     The development of innovative and permanent methods for Research and Design approaches
-     The establishment of cross-sectoral projects for collaboration and co-learning
-     The establishment of Inter-industry projects to facilitate the inclusion of design thinking approaches
-     The development of extreme affordability principles for the benefit of the developing nations while taking care of the accessibility and                  sustainability aspects of design.
-     The development of community-based programs enabling designers, craftsmen and artisans
-     The modernization and internationalization of Indian HEIs by improving the university design courses that will encompass product and service         design by following state of the art methodologies in design thinking, sustainability, design research, social innovation, ethical issues in        design, etc.

Partners

University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece

World University of Design (WUD), Haryana, India

Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT-D), Delhi, India


Brunel University London, London, United Kingdom

CRE.THI.DEV, Athens, Greece

CILAB, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

RIMT University, Punjab, India



Role

University of the Aegean is the coordinating institute of the DESINNO project.



Contact us

Official project website: https://desinno.org/

Official project email: desinno@uaegean.gr



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Twitter: https://twitter.com/DESINNO3

Join our Slack channel: desinno.slack.com



Contact person

Prof. Philip Azariadis, azar@aegean.gr

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