Avantika is India’s first Design Centered University, promoted by MIT Group of Institutions, Pune, which has a proven legacy of 35 years in the field of higher education. The university is established by the Government of Madhya Pradesh, through an Act of State Legislature, vide The Madhya Pradesh Niji Vishwavidyalaya (Sthapana Avam Sanchalan), Tritiya Sanshodhan Adhiniyam, 2016 (No. 5 of 2017) published in the “Madhya Pradesh Gazette (Extraordinary)”, dated 12th January 2017. The university is approved by UGC.
Avantika is conceived to be a distinctive learning center and the project-based education framework is developed by a team of passionate and proven professionals like Prof. Sanjay Dhande, Former Director of IIT Kanpur, Prof. Kirti Trivedi, an alumnus of RCA London and formerly with IIT Bombay, and Prof. Dhimant Panchal, Formerly with NID and NIFT, and currently with MIT Institute of Design, Pune. The unique academic model is based on an integrated trans-disciplinary approach that harmoniously blends design and technology with liberal education. The spirit of creativity and innovation complemented by design thinking and intellectual boldness is the central theme at Avantika.
The academic programs at Avantika are led by DICE: Design, Innovation, Creativity, and Enterprise, with interdisciplinary curriculum and experiential learning at the core. The students are offered interesting courses like critical and creative thinking, creative visualization, design methods, individual and society, history of technology and design, science of nature, and like, that connect areas of science, engineering, design and liberal arts.
The design centric learning at Avantika is focused on what really matters in life and aligned with the needs of students and society. The Avantika model emphasizes student choice and voice, multidisciplinary learning, and societal impact, coupled with a breadth of student experience outside the classroom, outside traditional disciplines and across the world. Avantika offers an experience not traditionally associated with undergraduate study, including research opportunities, industry internships, social and global immersion, incubation support, live projects, and exchange with international universities. The application of user-centered design throughout the curriculum, leads to the development of entrepreneurial capabilities and social responsibility.
The university is based out of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, and the core objective is to nurture and cultivate young minds, who will come out empowered and enlightened.