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How Innovations Actually Happen in Organizations ?

Today Post-Its are globally one of the top five most popular office supply products. But do you hear the story of how the sticky notes called 'Post-It' were invented?

It took 3M almost 12 years to commercialize it after a 3M scientist Spencer Silver failed to create a super strong adhesive to be used for aero industry in building planes and instead he developed an incredibly weak, pressure sensitive adhesive called Acrylate Copolymer Microspheres. But it was 3M Product Manager who discovered fascinating use of the this 'grand failure' after multiple trials and validation with possible users. And the rest is history.

This short story brings us to the point when we think over 'The Power of the Unexpected' in an organization. The organization can realize this power and actually benefit it from it by making 'Design Thinking' its DNA.

So how 'Design Thinking' is practiced in context of innovative by organizations across their various functions. It will be a good idea to define basic elements of Design Thinking as refresher. It is a rigorous approach to connect:

  • What you know (by your experience and information you gather from various sources, collaborating with experts and other non-experts)
  • What we can do (by our skills to adapt, communicate, express, experiment, prototype, test)
  • What you see & perceive (by observing people activity, empathizing with them, making sense of what is right and what is not)
  • What you imagine (in terms of ideas, what if...scenarios)

Next is, how to unleash Design Thinking in organization – any organization?

Be it Manufacturing, IT Services, Hospitality, FMCG, White-Brown-Yellow Goods, Communication Services, Educational & Training or be it Strategic planning, Marketing, Sales, HR, Operations, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Procurement, Production.

How to unleash Design Thinking in functional area – any function?

Everyone asks what skills are needed to grow our organization in next 20 years. We are asking the wrong question. Skills become outdated the moment you learn them, knowledge gets surpassed instantly. If we want to future-proof ourselves, we need to become an idea person, adaptable, open-minded, adept at any-problem-solving, persuasive communicator, inventor, artist, story teller, entertainer.

Here are some common elements to unleash Design Thinking in diverse organizations and in diverse functions:

  1. Alignment
  2. The degree to which the interests and actions of every employee support organization's innovation goals, determine its performance. An organization can not sustain its innovations unless it is strongly aligned to enable it.

    It is critical that all the decision makers need to recognize value of alignment and commit themselves to it.

    To know if your organization is aligned enough for innovation, ask :

    • Are you confident that any employee in your organization will recognize and respond positively to a potentially useful idea?
    • Does your KRAs (Key Result Areas) include new idea generation?
    • Do some policies and rules in organization cause misalignments that interfere with innovation?
  3. Self-Initiated Activity
  4. It is basic human instinct to be innovative. Research across innovative organizations shows that most unexpected creative actions come from self-initiated activities.

    Key is to recognize this and to unleash an effective system which responds to employee ideas irrespective of hierarchies.

    To know if your organization supports self-initiated activities, ask :

    • Within the last month, did you propose or initiate a creative action outside your Key Performance Areas?
    • Think back in time, you suggested a bad idea to your manager in good faith. How did he/she respond? Was it simply rejected and ridiculed? Or he/she saw it as a learning opportunity?
  5. Serendipity
  6. Serendipity is fortunate accident that brings forth a great insight. A bias for action, a 'Just Do it' attitude that encourages tinkering and experimentation will lead to potentially more fortunate accidents. Every accident is an exception to what was expected.

    To know if your organization promotes serendipity, ask :

    • If any fortunate accident occurred in the organization which played a role in a creative action as after-effect?
    • Is every employee in your organization is rotated into all kinds of functions he/she is qualified for?
    • Is there redundant human potential in your organization? Think how this unused potential might play a role in a creative act?
  7. Diverse Stimuli
  8. A stimulus provides a fresh insight into something you are already set out to do or bumps you into something totally unanticipated. Diverse stimuli come out of diverse experiences and exposures.

    To know if your organization is hardwired to provide for diverse experiences, ask :

    • What does your organization do to bring in employees who do not normally meet customers, suppliers, into contact with them?
    • Does your organization plan a study leave or sabbaticals for employees where they can follow their passions?
  9. Within-Organization Communication
  10. One of the things happen in small organization naturally and does not happen easily in larger ones is within-organization communication.

    Do people and information are brought together in unanticipated ways? Do you have planned programs where you meet people in your organization you normally will not?

    To know if your organization has a strong within-organization communication, ask :

    • Are you a member of an informal group of employees who have a common interest in a new kind of activity – say Reiki or PechaKucha.
    • Are you confident that everyone is your organization is either aware of your special expertise or could easily find out about it?
    • How often do others from your organization contact you for information? How do you respond to their requests?

    My extensive journey into various industries and my fruitful interaction across various functions in the organization led me to 'Discover' the power of the Unexpected. Your new journey will lead you to realize it.

Sanjay Jain
Team Avantika

The Key Role of Design Thinking To Boost Innovation

In recent years, design thinking as a concept has become the vital tool in fuelling business innovation across the world. Today, it enables the creation of simple solutions that add value to our lives by improvising the quality of services. Thereby, almost every organization is always on the lookout for employees with creative thinking skills who can help flourish their business. In fact, various business studies from the recent times indicate that solutions derived from a design-thinking led approach are far more practical and cost-effective than the traditional ones.

Hence the demand for individuals with acute creative thinking skills has increased by leaps and bounds in today’s highly competition business environment. The focus has now shifted to getting onboard professionals who have a creative and innovative approach to create cost-effective solutions. There is no refute; creative thinkers will lead the future by innovating new thing for the welfare of society as well as businesses.However, design thinking is an approach above anything else, and it can be considered as a mechanism that helps improve an individual's approach to life.

Sadly, not many educational centers of today promote creativity as a way of thinking in their classrooms. They are solely focused on how well the students can memorize classroom based theory to get better grades to sift through the academic curriculum.

An MIT Pune campus at Ujjain, Avantika University, is amongst the most reputable universities from India that offer world class education in the spirit of creativity and innovation. Here, the performance of a student will be assessed beyond the marks obtained in the examination, as the learning approach will incorporate 3-phases of pre-class, in-class and post-class activities. Avantika’s academic programs will have a mandatory component of internship and projects. Anyone who wishes to be a part of this prestigious institution can contact them for their needs.

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“Business as Usual” will not do

avantika design thinking workshop


It could be an organization making a diverse range of tangible products, or delivering all kinds of services, or imparting school or professional education. It does not matter at what level you are in the organization, you could be the owner or a stakeholder; and does not matter what your key deliverables are - I believe you are striving to add value to the organization and to the intended beneficiary.

Your key deliverables could be improving economic and system efficiencies, increasing people productivity, reducing turn around times as startups, achieving yearly sales targets, launching new products & services on time, upping profits margins ‘marginally’ or simply managing repetitive tasks.

You will admit that thinking through all these deliverables and actually achieving them is itself a hell of a job. There are times you must have asked yourself the question ‘What sustainable value I am creating for the business I am in and for my stakeholders’. With the extremely dynamic market changes and technological disruptions coming faster than ever, you must have felt that “Business as usual” will not work.

There could have been better time to reinvent “business as usual” than NOW.

It is time to take few deep breaths out of the slog over and sharpen your AXE. Having worked in industries as design professional and in academics as design faculty for many years and, well, having survived, I sincerely believe in the rigor of ‘Design Thinking’ and it could be that stone you could grind your axe on.

‘Design Thinking’ is not just a buzz word but a life boat which could help you in navigating turbulent times ahead. It could also work as the powerful lens thru which you could envision the future and fold it for NOW.

I recall what Azim Premji, Wipro’s Chief has once said, and I quote, “When the rate of change outside is more that the rate of change what is inside, be sure that the end is near”.

So let us confront change with... CHANGE.

I invite you to Design Thinking workshop organized by Avantika University to experience this change.

Team Avantika

Demystifying design thinking for India

March, 2017 Dr. Sanjay Dhande

  • Design Thinking – Definition and what all comprises DT
  • Concept
  • Evolution of Design Thinking
  • India Inc feature and possible challenges that can be solved using DT
  • Future Outlook

Design thinking as a concept is prevalent across the world today for its effective problem- solving techniques using design principles. We are now beginning to finally understand that design- thought and action are both keys to most of the breakthrough contributions that human beings have witnessed as a civilization. It is backed up by a set of smarter tools and methodologies to help unlock greater potential. With a greater emphasis on the 2E’s- “empathy and experimentation”, the design thinking focuses on keeping the user at the centre of the initiative, understanding their real-time requirements, and then crafting solutions accordingly. It complements the existing approach for success, from becoming problem solvers to creative solution providers. In order to create successful products and services, design thinking involves all the stakeholders from design and business fraternity to effectively engage in eradicating the prevalent challenges.

Concept: Design, as you will agree, is an iterative process. And with the constantly changing world and its dynamics, even the design processes have undergone a reformation, with design thinking becoming a fundamental component of this conscious evolution. It draws upon logic, imagination, intuition and systemic reasoning, to explore future possibilities through effective problem-solving techniques. Simplistically put, design thinking is an outcome of designer’s sensibilities and methods that help cater populace needs through technology and business strategy. It further helps create customer value and even address the market opportunity. Further, design thinking even anticipates the problems of future and helps them address today. It brings the right balance between analytical and intuitive thinking. The newer and wider applications of design thinking are visible across technology, healthcare, and education verticals, with smarter products and services that offer productivity gains by improving the overall processes for customers.

Evolution of Design Thinking: Today in an era of easy information access, the digital processes have brought new possibilities for the design arena that requires an ethical and feeling attitude along with sharp intellect. The other step forward is created using professional design education that is sensitized to feel, think, and act for a rapidly changing social world. Design thinking approach has been in existence for a few decades now. It has the power to lay a better foundation across industry verticals. Ever since 1950’s, we have experienced the pervasive presence of design for the mass launch and wider adoption of cars, consumer electronics across the world. Post-1960’s, the design element was aligned to the core product functionality rather than the selling point. A new era in the design vertical was witnessed during 1980’s with the launch of Apple Macintosh computers, to iPod devices of modern times. This can be attributed to the early application of design thinking to develop actual business solutions. The focus here was about maximizing consumer satisfaction – by understanding their practical needs. It was a revolutionary development which was beyond technology and aesthetics towards creating products with strong emotional appeal. Even the social and system scientists, Russell Ackoff (from 1981), Marvin Weisbord (from 1991) propose that design is “the creation of a desirable future and the invention of ways to bring it about.”, and how the world is moving from experts designing our systems to how regular people are performing this activity, respectively.

India Story: Design Thinking is widely gaining prominence in India by breaking the stereotypes for future development. The actual transformation of design thought into the process will be led by design thinking principles that can evolve with the right direction. The intuitive experience of this process will help get a deep dive into user personalities and their preferences for future. The idea should be to create an enterprise social network that includes all stakeholders, combined with a suite of tools, method, and processes. For India, a government supported ecosystem will spearhead the growth of design thinking principles. Also, a holistic policy framework will further establish innovative and design based thinking. At present, some of the product companies have started experimenting with the application of design thinking for their campaigns to anticipate and cater their target customer demands. Usha Fans is an example of implying some of the basics of design thinking principles which became a major success with the product range dedicated for children. The fan manufacturer incorporated imagery as part of fan design from popular cartoons, like choota bheem and doraemon, making it appealing to the children. The future product companies will be able to address and anticipate problems better by creating robust systems and processes by incorporating design thinking principles at a root-level.

Future Outlook: The university education of today is dominated by vertical specializations with a little or abstract connect with the real world. Between various disciplines, the core emphasis is on the development of knowledge resources and capabilities within that specific study domain. We certainly are producing great talent but they are mostly problem managers and not the problem solvers. Our conventional system is certainly missing out on solving real world problems and exploring the emerging opportunities. We need to collaborate and brainstorm our interdisciplinary attitudes and abilities to realize the innovative possibilities for future. It is at this juncture the educators across disciplines must look-up to design thinking, in order to bring out that balance for the various domains of specialization, with new attitudes and capabilities within an educational and university set-up. For an optimum success, the focus should be on incorporating design thinking into our education processes right at an inception phase. As a module, this concept should be introduced in the foundation course for the next generation. Design Thinking, based pedagogy will help students develop insights from multiple perspectives, and it will give them the precise flair to solve real-world problems based on critical thinking and analytical skills. The time has come to take the design to mainstream education to help future professionals solve problems successfully by applying innovative ways. A repositioning for design as a discipline is required, as advisors, mentors, and coaches. Possibilities are many to unleash the power of design thinking to demystify any and every professional endeavour.

Team Avantika


Economics and Finance Programs with Avantika University

Develop Understanding of Theoretical Finance and the Economic Framework

The development of any country depends on its economic growth that is achieved over a period. In this competitive scenario, a country needs more emphasis on economics to accomplish development. This can happen only with right education, knowledge, skills, competencies and other attributes that are relevant to the economic growth of the country. Thus, financial literacy plays a vital role in strengthening the base of the nation.

The study of economics aims to equip people with various cognitive skills that directly or indirectly helps them understand, predict and act, that eventually enables growth. Nowadays, many educational institutions offer economics and finance courses in different modes. However, an outcome-based program in economics and finance that develops the real intellect of students is much required. India’s first design centered university, Avantika University is one such institution that delivers more practical learning concentrated economics and finance programs in the country. So, interested individuals to pursue a career in economics and finance can contact Avantika University to fulfill their needs.

Avantika University is India’s first design centered university that offers the top-notch undergraduate and postgraduate programs in economics, as developed by leading academicians and industry personnel. Their economics program deals with various aspects of human behavior and their interaction with society on financial issues. Both UG and PG programs offer excellent training in economics theories, with their practical application to understanding inflation, investment, and many other matters.

An MIT Pune campus at Ujjain, Avantika University is backed with the spirit of creativity and innovation. Guided by some of the leading minds in the global industry, this university is known as a research and training institute of highest international quality. The university campus is spread across 50-acres area, which enables students to reflect on their personality and even connect with nature for inspiration and learning.

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UG Program in Engineering: A Full-Time Program that focuses on Developing Technical Leaders of Future

Highly sophisticated engineering tools and assets have always been the key to enjoying a stress-free life. Be it our daily chores, or doing something new, the presence of engineering tools are sure to get your task done the right way, and with less effort. Though these complex tools make the task simpler, but creating them still requires a considerable knowledge of engineering field. It does not matter whether it is an electronic equipment or related to construction, or a mechanical components like cars, etc., one has to thoroughly understand the specifics of engineering to be able to develop the required equipment and tools with precision.

There are thousands of engineering institutions from across the globe that provide courses in engineering across a variety of specifications, like civil engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science and engineering, electronics and communication engineering, and many others. However, when it comes to selecting the most trustworthy and reliable educational institution, look no further than Avantika University. Industry professionals and academicians highly regard the engineering program from this renowned institution. With a unique approach the students are prepared with a design thinking approach that includes critical thinking, education and philosophy, and mathematical world. The full-time and full residential engineering program is focused on developing technical leaders of future, who can bring about positive cultural, social, economic, and technological changes in the society.

An MIT Pune Campus at Ujjain, Avantika University provides a four-year engineering program in varied specialisations that encourages participants to become talented creators and astute thinkers. The academic structure of their Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) program is a perfect blend of technology and design, and aimed at creating resources that can build a stable and prosperous society of tomorrow. The learnings for these programs are rendered by a team of experienced and knowledgeable professors, who have a great experience working in the education industry, and have helped many individuals polish their engineering skills. In addition to engineering programs, Avantika University also provides UG and PG courses in design, and economics and finance.

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Pursue UG in Industrial Design for better career opportunities

The Design is the core of industrial development. The proper designing of systems enable development of reliable products that enhance the lifestyle of common people. Manufacturing is one such paradigm of the industrial revolution which requires a primary emphasis of Design.

When it comes to India’s manufacturing sector, the country is currently lagging far behind to the most of the developed and developing nations. The country’s manufacturing sector will have to strive harder than today to become a sustainable and developed nation by 2020. With Indian government’s promising “Make in India” initiative, the country has taken a lion step to increase, support and facilitate industrial manufacturing.

However, is there a pool of talent to support this effort for the leading manufacturers? The manufacturing sector today has a dearth of talented designers to fulfill the talent gap. As a result, numerous design institutions are laying focus on Industrial Design as a discipline across the main cities of India. Avantika University is a one-of-its-kind University which offers a unique UG Programs in Industrial Design.

However, is there a pool of talent to support this effort for the leading manufacturers? The manufacturing sector today has a dearth of talented designers to fulfill the talent gap. As a result, numerous design institutions are laying focus on Industrial Design as a discipline across the main cities of India. Avantika University is a one-of-its-kind University which offers a unique UG Programs in Industrial Design.

An MIT Pune campus at Ujjain, Avantika University, is India’s first design-centered university. They have designed a unique academic model with project-based, integrative and immersive approach to learning, which is perfect for enhancing the skills set of the students. Their educational ecosystem is perfectly designed by experienced professionals, which fosters ideation, integration, implementation, and incubation to create impact. Students looking to pursue career in highly demanded Industrial Design discipline can enrol themselves in MIT Pune’s Avantika University to secure a bright career ahead.

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Electronics and Communication Engineering: A Four Year Program Designed on the Philosophy of Liberal Education Principles

Be it the advent of computers, or sophisticated equipment; Engineering has always been a key to the development of newer technologies over the years. With the evolved times, we are witnessesing newer and finer branches of Engineering being announced that will help and support the learners of today with the focused understanding and better decipher the concepts which can be applied in real life.

Among the various engineering streams, electronics and communication engineering has always seen an upsurge since almost every technical development is supplemented by complex electronics and electrical systems even today. As a result, the individuals are focusing their interest in making career in the electronics industry for a profitable life – both professionally and personally. Of course, for that a deeper understanding of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism fundamentals is quitessential.

Now, the confusion begins, as almost every education institution proclaims to offer the best education facilities with guaranteed placement. But, when the turn comes the results are usually shocking.

Avantika University, India’s first design centered university provides specialization in electronics and communication engineering with a focus on making students learn the design and application of circuits and equipment of machine control, power generation, distribution, and communication. An MIT Pune campus at Ujjain, Avantika University offers a four-year UG Engineering Program that covers tracks like electronic systems, embedded systems, micro electronics, wired communication, wireless communication, etc.

Moreover, this unique program from Avantika University also provide learnings of numerous sub-disciplines such as power, control, electronics, signal processing, telecommunications, computers and many others. The program is an amalgamation of technology and design, which has been developed by the professionals and focuses on promoting positive cultural, social, economic, and technological changes in the society. So don’t wait long, enrol yourself for electronics and communication engineering course and ensure a lucrative career today.

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Avantika University Offers Bachelor of Architecture Degree Program in Tandem with Studio and Lab Exposure

Avantika University, India’s first design-centered University, offers a residential five-year long Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) degree program. With a state-of-the-art studio experimentation space and laboratory workspaces, the University provides the perfect setting to study architecture. They enable learners with applying critical approaches and putting the theoretical knowledge to work. Avantika also organizes a range of workshops and seminars to provide an active learning environment, allowing students to grow their creativity and criticality.

Avantika University way of learning challenges students to be creative, innovative, and eventually become responsible leaders. With their faculty of experienced and knowledgeable professors, academicians, the university is all set to offer UG Architecture Program from 2017.

Taking inspiration from the outstanding structures, dating back from the Middle Ages to the present day, Avantika is committed to delivering the best-in-class undergraduate program. Avantika aims to offer world-class learning with the best of faculty members from the architecture fraternity, from across India and majorly from the USA, UK, and other global locations.

Talking more about this engagement a faculty member from Avantika University elaborated, “The academic curriculum is a great combination of classroom sessions, seminars, and workshops in tandem with studio and lab exposure. The foundation program from the first year focuses on developing the necessary architectural design skills. Followed by the advanced skill development for the next biennium. The fourth year requires approved internship from architectural offices from around the world, along with individual capstone projects. The emphasis of the last two years in on focus and practice on the domain of their choice.”

An MIT Pune campus at Ujjain, Avantika University is spread across 50-acres area. Backed by the spirit of creativity and innovation, their programs will provide the much-needed excellence push in higher education and help students in their overall growth.

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The Relevance of Architectural History within the Architecture Education

From natural wonders to historical buildings, there are countless beautiful things to see and experience. Whenever people travel to far-flung places, they are attracted to the architectural designs. Architectural designs, throughout human history, have been the inspiration for brilliant and luminous work of architects. Today’s Architectural education covers all those incredibly created buildings in their curriculum. However, it has been noticed that a section of architecture students often question, why is it necessary, to learn past styles and movements if they are living in a contemporary world?

The answer cannot be easily expressed since many industry veterans suggest the importance to contemplate the complex role of architectural history within the field of architecture. The amalgamation of old Architectural designs and today’s technology in architecture can create the masterpiece.

Studying old architectural designs enables young professionals to understand the society and culture they represent, which is very useful when working as a contemporary architect. Therefore, in architecture education, the study on evaluating ancient buildings has its importance that can’t be ignored.Unfortunately, there are many institutions who disregard the importance of incorporating the design of ancient buildings into their curriculum.Their sole focus is on teaching modern architectures without making their students understand the implication and essence of learning from historical structures.

With newer and better structures becoming the need of the hour, the architecture discipline is expected to experience significant growth over the next several years.There are some educational establishments across the nation, who proclaim themselves as the leader in providing quality architecture education. However, India’s first design university, Avantika University, is set to provide world-class architecture education that is sure to prepare you to design and construct aesthetically pleasing and archaeologically inclined architectural designs.

An MIT Pune campus at Ujjain, Avantika University is spread across 50-acres in size. With their faculty of experienced and knowledgeable professors, academicians, and industry experts, the university is all set to offer their UG Programs: Architecture from 2017. Backed with the spirit of creativity and innovation, their courses provide the much-needed excellence push in higher education and help students in their overall growth.

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Avantika University: The Game Changer In The World Of Design Education!

When one thinks of bringing about a paradigm shift in the education world, there are very few facets that come into the minds of the typical individual. While classifying this one has to spare a thought for focus verticals which have always lent a helping hand in shaping the education of our times for students.Fields like design, architecture, law and many others have also paid a significant role in shaping the modern education for society, along with medicine and engineering.

During this age and time where change is the only constant, it is of paramount importance that educational institutions take an unconventional approach which is not confined to the boundaries of a classroom. Spearheading this changing movement across disciplines is Avantika University, Ujjain. Poised to be India’s first design centered university that implies the ‘Design Thinking’ ideology, Avantika University aims to be one of the leading figures in transforming Indian education with a liberal approach, an approach that will change the learning methodology for students.

The University envisions to create a unique learning center that amalgamates design and technology disciplines into its coursework. Through the specially designed coursework, the students can aspire to be leaders and innovators in their respective professional environment, with an eye towards problem-solving. Mentored by the well-known academician, Dr. Sanjay Dhande, the university is creating its niche among the design fraternity. By doing so, the University also aims to create new conventions through their project based learning which sure can be unique and joyful for aspiring designers.

With specializations in communication, system, and industrial design disciplines, Avantika University wishes to establish itself as one of the pioneers of design education in India. While nurturing the brightest young minds in the country, Avantika will hone their skills as they become thinkers, communicators, and problem solvers, who will bring a new dynamic shift in the way society functions. By inculcating traditional values, the coursework at Avantika University is shaped to instigate a change in the world of design.

With the commitment of providing quality education to the citizens of the country, MIT group of institutions have placed themselves in a league of its own. Now, with Avantika University, MIT, Pune wishes to establish a design university which offers the best design courses to various aspirants. Founded in 1983 by Prof. Vishwanath D. Karad, Maharashtra Academy of Engineering and Educational Research (MAEER), has refined the quality of technical education in the country. With more than 70+ institutions under its aegis, the MIT Group has been delivering quality education from to over 50,000 students since the last three decades. It is this ideology that MAEER’s MIT Group has labeled themselves as the pioneers in the world of education.

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First phase of Academic Advisory Board meet concluded at Pune

August 20, 2016
First phase of Academic Advisory Board meet concluded at Pune

Avantika University, India’s first design university had their first Academic Advisory Board meeting at Pune, India on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The meeting witnessed presence from an extremely elite panel. It had a grandeur mix of members from the education and business fraternity. The primary objective of this meeting was to seek the feedback and get a corroboration on Avantika’s academic model.

For Avantika, the meeting was guided and presided by Dr Sanjay Dhande, Chief Mentor and Dr Prasheel Suryawanshi, Project Director. Dr Prasheel welcomed the members and introduced Avantika University to the audience. Through his colloquy, Dr Dhande shared an interesting perspective on Avantika Philosophy of Education. Professor Sanjay Jain, Director – Design Education presented Avantika’s education model with specifics on the offerings across semester modules. Prof. Jain also discussed the curriculum framework, and foundation program essentials. Further, he provided an overview of the core program and professional program tracks, along with a brief summary of internship and projects for Avantika aspirants. Dr Dhande and Dr Prasheel provided additional inputs during the session.

The members were appreciative of the model and provided interesting comments on the academic model delivery. A detailed discussion amongst panel members will help fine tune certain aspects of the curriculum framework within programs. The session resolved queries from the board members on a variety of topics- specifically around the curriculum framework, and around the core, professional programs. As part of the half-day discussion, Avantika panel received encouraging feedback on the foundation model. The team has further recorded inputs from all the members for planning the future course of action. As a next step, the team will now incorporate responses in the academic model, making the education impartment more relevant vis-a-vis the need of the hour.

Being a bold new experiment of setting up a different kind of institution in India, Avantika is seeking feedback, comments, suggestions and guidance from all the stakeholders. This discussion helped Avantika team to alleviate their new vision of higher education. Avantika’s management team felt even more confident after this session as it will help them to propose and promote innovation in design education at large. The wealth of experience from this group will assist in shaping this new vision for higher education.

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Why is Industrial Design considered as a Backbone of Manufacturing Industry?

India is a growing service market across a variety of different disciplines is it software, tourism, hospitality, or any other. However, when it comes to the manufacturing sector, the country is lagging behind from most of the developed and developing nations. The reason behind this is the shortage of good industrial designer for a vast majority of manufacturing firms. Therefore, it presents with an awesome opportunity for the students to establish their career in an evergreen industry of future.

The visionary project of Government of India titled – ‘Make in India’ intends to provide the much-required push for the manufacturing sector amongst various other verticals. An area which requires raw talent to design a robust core for the future of manufacturing industry to eliminate the existing loopholes by providing the necessary plug-ins.

Industrial Design considered as the backbone of the manufacturing sector, is a specialization that is applied to educate the techniques for developing products that are targeted for mass production. From an education standpoint, there are quite a few institutions that offer this design specialization in greater detail.

Avantika University, An MIT Pune initiative in Ujjain is a front runner for imparting learning with a world class infrastructure and future education synergy. The University offers a focused four-year undergraduate residential program in Industrial Design. Avantika way of learning enables a different perspective to design process across multiple lenses: as human-centered activity, as cultural and societal activity, and as an experimental and innovation process, where design holds hands with technology and entrepreneurship to create new concepts, new products, new interactive spaces, new services, new experiences, new communication channels, new systems, new ways of growing and creating businesses and new ways to look at Future.

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Architectural Education: A New Era of Art

Throughout the time, architecture has been an important reflection of culture. Whether you consider great structures like Roman Coliseum, Notre Dame, and Taj Mahal or modern buildings such as the Empire State Building, Sydney Opera House or Guggenheim Museum, all of them reflect the time and culture of their glorious past. However, designing and building an architectural masterpiece in the modern era and the past requires plenty of inspiration and creativity. Only talented architects can create a masterpiece that reveals the real history and culture.

The architecture specialization offers significant experience creative professionals who have the ability to transform their timeless creativity into the realm. Architectural learning involves acute connect to construct the aesthetically pleasing structure which is environmentally feasible for future. The study for this discipline covers fundamentals from a variety of subjects, including engineering, design and much more. Over the past few years, the architecture has broadened its horizon while merging various disciplines, technologies and products.

Choosing to study architecture is an excellent idea for any student who wishes to express the art through beautiful, and original structures by using bricks and mortar. There are a variety of institutions and universities from across the globe that helps learners how to design mesmerizing buildings.

Avantika University is one such initiative from Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT) Pune who offer UnderGraduate Programs in Architecture, which helps aspirants secure a bright future. With a design thinking ideology, the university is steered by some of the leading minds from the global design and technology verticals. Avantika learners will be empowered to develop their identity as professionals with a strong art and business acumen, along with deeper research focus of highest international quality.

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Avantika University is set to offer UG Programs: Architecture beginning 2017

India’s first design-centered university, Avantika University is going to offer UnderGraduate (UG) Architecture Program. A five-year program it will help students becoming skilled professional architects by exposing them to the aesthetic, technical, social, and ethical dimensions of the production environment. Commencing in 2017 session, the UG Programs: Architecture is a perfect blend of the design and production of modern life structures. Most of the faculty members at MIT Pune’s Avantika University are from architecture industry who can render industry specific knowledge. Students who are looking to excel in their career for the architectural industry can enroll for Avantika University.

An MIT Pune campus at Ujjain, Avantika University is set to offer an academic curriculum with a great combination of classroom sessions, seminars, and workshops, in tandem with studio and lab exposure. Their curriculum will enable the students to gradually develop their skills from the first year and reach the optimum level of expertise till the completion of the program. Beside UG Programs: Architecture, the university will also offer UG Programss in Design and Technology, with a specialized PostGraduate program in Design.

Speaking more about the UG Programs: Architecture, Chief Mentor at Avantika, Dr. Sanjay Dhande stated, “Avantika will offer a residential five-year long Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch.) degree program. Our program approach will help students with becoming competent professional architects by exposing them to the aesthetic, technical, social, and ethical dimensions of the production environment. The B. Arch program from Avantika is envisioned to support the aspirants with getting the right focus on urban planning and construction management.”

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Avantika University: Personifying Design Thinking Ideology In India!

When one contemplates a change in outlook for education, there are limited viewpoints that come into consideration for an average person. Perspectives relating to the development in the preliminary education with focus-diverting to other verticals is always pushing the idea of bringing about that change. While their impact can never be undermined, for advancement one needs to give equal emphasis with balancing the new and conventional education streams like engineering, law and numerous others which loaned some assistance in molding the world to be a preferred place.

Amid this age and time where change is the main steady, it is of vital significance that instructive establishments adopt an alternative strategy for imparting education, one which is not confined to the classroom. Initiating this change for future development of students with the right plan and design is Avantika University, Ujjain. Ready to be India's first design-centered University, with a 'DesignThinking' philosophy, Avantika University means to be one of the trendsetters in changing Indian education mode with a liberal approach; that has never been considered till date among the conventional education streams in India.

The University has a one of a kind learning focus that amalgamates innovation, business and humanities disciplines into its coursework. Through the uniquely outlined coursework, the aspirants will be equipped to be pioneers and trendsetters in their separate proficient environment, with an eye towards critical thinking. Mentored by the distinguished academician, Dr. Sanjay Dhande, the University is making its particular specialty amongst the global design-led education spectrum.

While sustaining the brightest of youth from the nation, the University plans to sharpen their abilities as they turn into a mastermind, a communicator, and a problem solver who will be capable of revolutionizing the working of the general public. An MIT Pune campus in Ujjain, Avantika University aspires to the best outline academic foundation from the nation. By teaching customary qualities, the coursework at Avantika University is molded to stimulate the learning realm for future learners.

Established in 1983 by Prof. Vishwanath D. Karad, Maharashtra Academy of Engineering and Educational Research (MAEER), has refined the nature of specialized instruction in the nation. With more than 70 establishments under its aegis, MIT Pune has been conveying quality training to more than 50,000 understudies since three decades. With the dedication of giving quality training to the subjects of the nation, MIT establishments have put themselves in their very own alliance. Presently, with Avantika University, MIT foundations wishes to set up a Design-Centered University which offers the best programs to a variety of aspirants. It is this belief system that MAEER's MIT Group has named themselves as the pioneers in the realm of imparting future education.

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Avantika University Set To Introduce Unique Learning Pedagogy with the Highest International Quality

An MIT Pune Campus at Ujjain, Avantika University, will promote design thinking through their unique learning pedagogy. Avantika will mentor students on different levels about how to think in problems differently and build innovative solutions. With its creative thinking and experimentation based approach, Avantika will provide an open learning atmosphere for students that will help them realize their individual worth. Guided by some of the leading minds from the Indian education fraternity, the University aspires to develop its research & training acumen of the highest international order.

Beginning 2017, MIT Pune’s Avantika University will offer bachelor and master programs in Design, based on a project-based methodology. Followed by undergraduate programs in Engineering, Architecture. These programs are designed to produce better individuals and decision makers before shaping them into professionals, with student performance in 3-phases including pre-class, in- class and post-class activities.

The learning at Avantika is a fusion of design, technology, humanities and entrepreneurship disciplines. Based on a propitious interest from the leading global institutions, Avantika is in talks with some of them to explore possible collaboration and parternership opportunities. These institutions include Aalto University (Finland), Nanyang Technological University (NTU, Singapore), Design Management Institute (Boston, USA), Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD, Singapore), Royal College of Art (London, UK), MIT Foundation (Cambridge, USA), and many others.

Avantika is mentored by eminent educationist Dr Sanjay Dhande - Former Director IIT Kanpur and is supported by a team of passionate design & engineering professionals and academicians. Elaborating more about this model, Dr. Dhande stated, “Avantika aspires to provide a comprehensive education by which, creative and analytical strength of mind is increased, in-depth intellect is expanded, and all-round character is formed; leading to the development of an individual, who can stand on one's own feet.”

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MIT Pune’s Avantika University to Offer Design Program for Churning out Creative Minds

An MIT Pune Campus at Ujjain, Avantika University is set to offer programs in design. Beginning 2017, they will offer Bachelor in Design (B.Des) and Master in Design (M. Des) in System Design, Industrial Design, and Communication Design. The different specialization is designed in conjunction with world’s prominent educationist and will follow a unique 4 step academic model, including Foundation, Core, Professional and Integrated Experience. To put this extraordinary education methodology in practice, Avantika has developed their learning pedagogy, which is focused on developing the creative and analytical skills of the students. The University possesses the most relevant and future-oriented educational curriculum for design education in India.

When it comes to offering value-driven professional education, MIT Pune’s Avantika University will be one of the leading design universities in the country for the times to come. With a unique academic model that focuses on a project-based, integrative and immersive approach to learning, Avantika way of learning will enhance the skills set for the students. Their educational ecosystem fosters ideation, integration, implementation, and incubation to create impact.

Speaking more about their Design Program focus of Avantika, one of the representatives from the University stated “B.Des and M.Des programs at Avantika University enable learners to look at design process with multiple lenses: as a human-centered activity, as cultural and societal activity, and as an experimental and innovation process, where design holds hands with technology and entrepreneurship to create new concepts, new products, new interactive spaces, new services, new experiences, new communication channels, new systems, new ways of growing and creating businesses and new ways to look at Future.”

Besides programs in Design, the University will offer undergraduate programs in Architecture and Engineering with a focused Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in different streams like Mechanical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, and Civil Engineering.

About Avantika University

Avantika University is India's first design-centered university. It encompasses a unique academic model that offers an integrated and immersive approach. Based in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh it aims to nurture and cultivate young minds who will function as enlightened citizens. Supported by MIT Pune, who have a firm footing in the field of education buoyed by their journey of more than three decades.

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Unleash new age learning, with Avantika University

August, 2016
Unleash new age learning, with Avantika University

With the objective of reaching out to the student community by exploring fun with learning, Avantika University, India’s first design university recently organized a design workshop recently with a mixed batch of over 100 design education aspirants. The workshop offered an exclusive opportunity for participants to create solutions by applying fundamentals from the world of Design and Design Thinking. The 3-hour focused initiative encouraged students to build practical solutions by applying design principles. It offered them with a hands-on opportunity to brainstorm, implement their ideas and prototype them by showcasing their creativity. The initiative commenced with an ice breaking session where attendees had to form teams through the effective use of sounds. Following this, the participant groups were encouraged to think visually.They had to detail out and express through pictorial solutions and thereby understanding the importance of visual communication.

    Key Highlights
  • Exposure to problem-solving techniques
  • Experience Learning with experiencing and prototyping
  • Understand the importance of collaboration and working in teams


Unleash new age learning, with Avantika University

Despite a short time at disposal, all the groups created unique working models/solutions that helped provide a practical answer to the identified problems. This workshop alleviated attendees to develop their problem-solving skills by exploring empathy, communication and collaboration across all levels. Avantika team facilitated learning by experimentation through a whole fun environment premise. The participants even shared their experience and provided feedback from the exercise.

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The Importance of Design Thinking in Education

For being successful in today’s highly competitive world, one requires to develop a different and somewhat unique set of skills. There are no specific set of rules about how to develop these skills or how many tests one needs to clear to prove their creativity. Some people are born creative, states a famous saying, but interestingly everyone has the seed of creativity in them. And essentially it is their education which really decides their creative inclination.

Creative people work in two ways either as finder or as a creator. Finders are driven to find one of the most practical solutions for complex problems that can hinder the growth of a business or cause any social unrest, while creators are equally creative but they are driven to new constructions. Today, design thinkers are getting increased attention in business settings. It is because of their creative as well as cost-effective approach to create solutions for problems.

In the modern era, Design Thinking has emerged as an important skill that can bring greater success for individuals. A famous professional trait it has the ability to develop effective solutions that meet social and business needs. Hence design thinking as a learning skill must be inculcated in our education system.

An MIT Pune campus at Ujjain, Avantika University is India’s first design centered university to focus on design thinking. Their academic structure is crafted to synthesize design with technology on a solid foundation of liberal education. They are committed to promote much-needed excellence push towards development of a creative as well as innovative society. Those who want to be a part of this unique academic curriculum can now contact them by filling out a simple form available on their official portal, AvantikaUniversity.edu.in.

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Why Design Is An Excellent Career Opportunity For You

A career in Design is a rewarding option for many as it enables them with pursuing their passion and creative instincts. If you have it for you to comprehend the logic behind every design and appreciate the beautiful blend of various elements to create a masterpiece, design is your destination. However, before you enter the professional arena, you require training and guidance. Moreover, this is where the programs by Avantika University emerge as a game changer for you.

From faculty to training, every aspect is crafted to ensure optimum learning experience for students. Even the curriculum is designed by the feedback from the industry. It ensures that the students are ready to face the challenges of the industry when they begin their professional journey.

Home to the best design curriculum in India, Avantika offers more than just academic programs. In fact, Avantika uses an integrated learning approach that provides optimum exposure and best of learning.

Here is a look at reasons why design could be an excellent career opportunity for you: The job is creative: Unlike many of the other jobs in the world, design is exclusively driven by one’s creativity. So, push your creative instincts and get to work. Designers are not bound by rules when it comes to thinking. In fact, it is their duty to comprehend the hidden meaning in every requirement to create a practical and socially viable solution using design.

Designers are well paid: Visual marketing is gaining more prominence than ever. Professional skills of designers of today are extremely valued as they have the ability to improve the business scenario. The creativity of an artist differs from person to person. The design focused Universities like Avantika University enables mentors one and all to sharpen their skill. Though ultimately when it comes to using the skill, an individual’s passion and creativity will drive it all.

Growth is Immense: A course in design does not restrict you to one discipline. So if you want to take up a career in design, you need not have to limit yourself to any one area of focus. Every industry from automobile to banking requires the inputs of designers to spearhead their creative campaigns. In practical terms, there are a variety of professional opportunities out there waiting to be explored. Even those aspiring to build an international career for themselves may want to consider design as an option.

It is a fun job: The creative freedom for the designer makes their job a fun initiative. Sit, explore and create. You will be amazed at the extent to which you can explore the most of your potential. Moreover, the best part is that you will be paid to do it. So, why hold back?

Not a pen and paper job: Designer of today use of various types of software to calibrate multiple elements to create a perfect design which helps real people and societies with transforming the way we live our lives.

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Changing paradigm of Indian education with design as focus

July 5, 2016

  • Indian education premise – what all it comprises today, with possibilities and options for future
  • Design as a discipline in India
  • Trends

The design as a work discipline has achieved a whole new dimension today, which is increasingly getting separated from the skilful pedestal. It was originally clubbed with tools and traditional processes. A need to explore new realms of design has led to the substantial changes that are aligned with the information age. In the modern times, it is recognized as the authority offering the distinct balance between art and science.

Even design education as the base for this insurgency has come a long way since its origins. It has certainly evolved from a need based analogy as the critical orientation to design thinking and action. The sense of general awareness about design and related subjects is making design a better career option by inducing the critical aspect of thinking, amongst the young generation from emerging economies, like India.

The onus is increasingly shifting towards better designing design education with a foundation program, which will create next-generation designers and design managers in India, and who can bring balance to the present situation and make better the future. “Design Thinking” as it is termed, is a process, which applies to all walks of life in creating new and innovative ideas for the most challenging problems. And as a discipline, this practice is not restricted to a specific industry or area of expertise.

For India, the approach in design education post-independence was oriented towards crafts and skills. Like the rest of the world, it is now breaking boundaries and discovering the areas to merge and lead various domains and their interface. As a country, we are embracing design as a tool for accelerated economic development, and also for creating a competitive economy with sustainable advantages.

We have witnessed some of the interesting developments based on the design thinking approach for India. The experiments were mostly one-off applications and what was lacking is the long term focus and vision to create the best of products and solutions.

For a better adoption of design thinking across the board here are a few tips:

  • Rethinking Design Education: A significant revolution with a strong foundation course to blend design with technical educational streams of engineering, medicine, and other professional courses is a must.
  • Design with Technology Interface: The socio-economic consequences and globalization have prompted the educators to critically appraise the role of design in enhancing the quality by supplementing a creative yet analytical approach of design thinking towards an innovation led future.
  • Creating Future LeadersDesign education must train the new age designers to take up a strategic role in organizations’ growth. It must comprise a broad- based general awareness of the principles, nature and utility of good design, integrated while developing a corporate strategy for creative problem-solving skills and enduring value.
  • Strategic design for Entrepreneurs: The foundation course for design thinking aspirants should cover basics of design along with a diverse mix of fundamentals of finance, intellectual property, ethics, and the law verticals for creating successful businesses of the future.

To conclude, design discipline can contribute across various stages, from the product value chain to innovation, and for enhancing the user’s experience. Design thinking will enhance strategic decision making and business competitiveness by offering a systemic, human-centered, and hands-on perspective for creating and identifying new business opportunities. The future will offer unexpected opportunities - it is what we act upon today that will make that significant difference.

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Newer imperative for a specialized design thinking curriculum

Modern education system in India, like the rest of the world has witnessed a drastic shift since its inception. At present, there are a variety of options that are being made available to students to help them pursue education of their choice. Off late we have even seen a variety of configuration to customize the education methodology, with subjects, projects that are customized to student interests. The options and opportunities available today are not restricted to a specific focus or vertical, it is across disciplines and specializations. Even with such flexibility the real challenge about empowering the student to help address a societal problem remains unresolved.

"Our existing education system is creating effective problem managers but not problem solvers."
The pressing issue with this challenge is the distinct parity between our technical and creative course impartment. While this is not a new concept, there is a visual gap between engineering and design vertical which will create a successful ecosystem of growth for everyone , offers a variety of options for students to excel their area of interest.

Design, in particular as a discipline has acquired a greater recognition amongst the student communities across the globe. For India, we have witnessed significant breakthroughs in the past couple of decades, even the imparting methodology has also evolved over the years. With a variety of approaches and techniques, a visual gap is invariably witnessed. Even though there has been an evolution in design impartment methodology with a variety of unique approaches, the college graduates aren’t usually equipped with the right combination to help implement the much needed solutions. Similarly, our conventional engineering impartment model doesn’t equip the students with the right set of tools, processes and experiences in order to successfully transition to the subject of their interest.

Is changing education pedagogy hard? Avantika University – India’s first design university with design thinking approach is geared to offer this opportunity for students to explore their acumen across a broad range of industries, and wide spectrum of companies. The idea is about offering a liberal education system that empowers the individuals to think, ideate and self-serve the real society problems. We are creating innovators of change. The change that we’re proposing requires significant momentum to overcome the friction of politics, bureaucracy, and limited resourcing. It also requires a clear understanding of what exists today, what we think is needed for tomorrow, and a practical plan for getting there. Not all schools are in a position to explore this type of change, only those that offer the diversity of programs to augment, the organizational flexibility, and the leadership’s willingness to change.

The need for better, more consistent education around digital product design has existed for so long that there are now fast-growing, independent, á la carte options. These options allow individuals to self-serve the training for skills and tools they feel they are expected to possess to be successful We’ve met with faculty and students alike to discuss philosophies about what’s required for young designers to be successful today and into the foreseeable future. there was an optimism and enthusiasm rooted in “let’s make it better!”. With their diverse range of design programs, an eagerness to explore opportunities for improvement, and their cultural values around assessing performance and measuring success, our discussion turned to explorations that quickly gained momentum. While it’s certain that there will be refinements to the program, this early first step gives us an opportunity to drive positive change not only in design education, but also for a whole spectrum of design-oriented careers.

Design Thinking has permeated its way into forward-thinking businesses around the world, an allied tool of the designer was left untouched; Design Vision.

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Rethinking a design thinking approach to create practical business solutions

Companies of today have a greater pressure to innovate than ever. Most of them spent trillions of dollars on Research and Development (R&D), yet the research has shown that more than 85 percent of their developed products fail. The sustainable differentiation from the technology and business-focused innovation could be attributed as the possible reason. Even though most of them are innovation envy yet not all of them yearn to come up with a radical innovation like Apple’s iPod or create an entirely new product like Facebook. They make genuine efforts to bring in creative designers, hire innovation consultants, but they end up with disappointing results. As a result, we have witnessed corporations investing heavily on business incubators and innovation labs to create a problem-solving attitude.

Though the pertinent question is how does the design function offer interlinkages across a variety of groups? For companies, the journey toward design maturity involves two main challenges: process integration and scale, though ideally design should be integrated throughout the organisation and across a variety of roles. To innovate and win the companies today require design thinking. A form of thinking that is rooted in how knowledge advances from one stage to another. The culture- as experienced through design-led innovation is the best way to create futuristic solutions. The companies are even setting up design studios to manage design in their respective organisations.

Ever wondered why? Design Thinking offers practical, creative resolution methodology for business problems or issues. It creates an improved future regarding innovation, strategic capabilities, and processes, with the broadest sense of management. Analytical thinking is the critical aspect of design thinking. A solution-focused thinking approach that starts with a goal of achievement, instead of a problem. It helps refine knowledge towards specific improvements to the status quo.

Are they making any success? Well, the answer to that in the entirety is probably no because of our conventional education across challenging verticals, including design, that doesn’t support and develop the problem- solving facet of an individual. Even though ultimately the success lies in the execution of the idea. In our volatile ecosystem, this will mean embracing a human-centric approach to design across the board, right from the formal education level. It will develop the required skills for companies with evolved individuals. Our education system will play a larger role here, by inculcating the fundamentals of design at an early stage for future professionals. At Avantika University, India’s first design University, it is our foremost objective to empower learners with the right set of knowledge, approach and guidance. We endow to take an existential step to create innovators and problem-solvers. These individuals will be better aligned to see the resilient need for non-industry-aligned partners to be nimble problem solvers and thoughts leaders, especially since the pace of change in today’s climate is so incredibly fast.

Avantika learners will apply design thinking approach with liberal education fundamentals that help solve real life problem by using critical thinking, with:

    Learn from people
  • Find patterns
  • Design principles
  • Make tangible
  • Iterate Relentlessly

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Create, change and transform with Avantika way of learning


Create, change and transform with Avantika way of learning

The career in Design is inevitably the next big revolution for the Indian education landscape as suggested by a variety of media reports and experts. Though historically, it is observed that young Indians choose options within conventional education with careers in engineering, finance, medicine, computer science, etc. It is due to a variety of factors, ranging from peer pressure to parent pressure, and lack of awareness with limited choices. With more and more youngsters today considering careers in design the emphasis of his education should be to create innate innovators and problem-solvers. With the objective of demystifying this shift in the modern education system, Avantika University – India’s first design university participated at SILICA Design Quest 2016-17 in Pune, India recently.

SILICA is a design education and career training institution engaged in preparing students from XI, XII and PG grade for the professional world. It conducts aptitude tests, career guidance, coaching for entrance exams and admission guidance for creative careers like Design, Architecture, Fashion and Art. Design Quest in its 7th year offers an opportunity to students and parents to learn more about a variety of career options within Design Education. SILICA offers top design schools with a platform to conduct career-focused seminars and workshops.


Create, change and transform with Avantika way of learning

Professor Sanjay Jain, Director - Design Education, presented Avantika University's unique education model. He spoke about a variety of problems around the world which stifle us and questioned if our conventional professional education with emphasis on 'specialization' prepares the youth to develop an attitude to 'problem-solving'. Professor Jain stressed on developing the kind of mindset and skills that is required by an individual to address wicked world problems. He presented the unique education pedagogy of Avantika to aspiring students and their parents. Through his dialogue, he provided an overview of how Avantika will empower the students with excellent communication, writing, listening and most importantly problem-solving expertise.

He emphasized on the need to create design technology innovators, driven by a design thinking approach. Avantika’s learning focus on competence, relatedness and autonomy were also discussed. Avantika’s unique academic structure, with integrated learning experience were the order of the day for this session. As part of this initiative, Avantika’s student engagement team also connected with parents and curious students attending Design Quest 2016-17. With one-on-one counselling sessions, answers to student queries helped students in the best possible way.

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Why we do, what we do - Is there a problem with our approach?

Education plays a paramount role in our lives. India as a country has come a long way in ways to impart higher education. With several examples across a variety of streams, our education system has seen a transformation across the ages. A visible, rapid expansion is evident in the higher education system of India. Currently, we are world’s largest centre enrolling over 70 million students. With1.4 million schools and more than 36,000 higher education institutes. We produce a large number of computer programmers and software engineers, similarly a large of medical science and pharmaceutical professionals across the world.

For India, the third largest education centre in the world after China and the United States, we require a significant change. In current times, the progressive challenges faced by the Indian education system are funding and infrastructure, curriculum design, research and innovations, amongst others. Though times are changing and with that, even our education system needs a revamp across the board. Our traditional education methodology at times works against performance, and it doesn’t motivate the students to decide and make necessary changes in their career choices. It varies from the fact that there are visible disparities between the objectives and implementation of an education program.

Indian students focus on cramming information as opposed to acquiring the required skill. India is known for creating engineers from an array of streams, with technology vertical at the centre. Scoring marks are the central objective of students. The technical education in India is synthesis based, where students are required to equip themselves with equations and learnings work from the past experts.

The Design Imperative: India is on an upsurge now, with its economically protected past, the country offered gave creativity, innovations and original designs a miss. Design education now has got a significant boost in the past couple of decades. As it continues to improve the future of design education, India now produces about 15,000 to 25,000 design professionals and technicians almost every year. Design education offers significant intellect, passion and an eye for detail. There is a greater need to include basic design education programs across polytechnics, engineering and management programs. Currently applicable at some of the leading institutions, a more agile approach is required. The dynamics of globalisation and its socio-economic consequences have prompted educators to appraise critically the role of design in enhancing and creating solutions. To better understand user journeys, and further allowing them to pinpoint design gaps and manage transitions a newer approach is required.

Way forward: An acute amalgamation in the education system across technical and design education should redefine itself and recreate an archetype for developing real-life solutions. A new breed of individuals who can elevate the quality of life in a more accessible, equitable and inclusive manner.

Re-define the purpose of Indian education system We may create the most number of engineering graduates in the world, but that certainly doesn’t translate much into technological innovation. The objective of this redefined education system should be to create next generation entrepreneurs and innovators. It will empower students to assess their growth trajectory, with;

  • At what stage are they in their learning process?
  • Where will they go next from there?
  • How will they get there?

Focus on skill based education Real time skill development through education is pertinent. The practical assessment-based approach where teachers and students collaborate will help impart better learning. An approach which will help fresh, innovative ideas to flourish.

The Avantika Differentiator Avantika University, an MIT, Pune initiative is conceived with a unique education pedagogy, through programs that offer a confluence of design and technology. Avantika aims to create a conducive atmosphere for the students to transmute them into problem solvers. Avantika helps develop curious minds, create experiments and experiences, develop capabilities to solve problems and assume responsibility. Realised through significant collaboration, field work and volunteering experience. This kind of immersion provides an opportunity for learning by doing, failing and learning again rather than memorising equations and solving problems through number crunching. The beneficiaries of this model are not just students but even teachers. And it is poised to explore and catalyse an era of creativity, innovation and enterprise. Avantika will provide the much-needed paradigm shift in higher education. The onus is to create Gen Next Leaders who can help manage the present from the future.

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Avantika University to Offer Best-In-Class Training and Placement Facilities to Their Students

An MIT Pune Campus at Ujjain, Avantika University, is set to provide excellent training and placement opportunities to students with the support and guidance from industry’s giants. To make sure that their undergraduates and postgraduates get maximum industrial exposure, MIT, Pune has on-going relationships with the globally recoginzed companies like Mahindra & Mahindra, Cognizant, Infosys, JPMorgan, L&T, and a lot more. The collaborations with world renowned global institutions help ensure that participants get the highest quality training and internship facilities, and get the best placement offers from the leading MNCs. So, individuals looking for a healthy amalgamation of quality education and great industrial exposure must enroll for the upcoming academic session of Avantika University as the first step towards a bright future.

Avantika University is one of the most sought-after University in India, providing best-in-class design, engineering and architecture programs to support better growth of the participants. Their unique and robust curriculum is focused on promoting the all-round development of students, and that stresses on molding their physical, critical, creative and analytical abilities. Avantika’s academic leadership ensures that the top-notch professional education is offered keeping in mind that the Indian ethics are preserved as per their core values. Avantika offers UnderGraduate Programs in Design, Engineering, and Architecture, with focused PostGraduate programs in Design, with specialization in System Design, Industrial Design, and Communication Design.

Commenting more about their Industry Connect and Collaboration, Founder and Executive President of Avantika University, Professor Vishwanath D. Karad stated “MIT,Pune has powerful alliances with employers and industry partners that enable students with leveraging opportunities for their learned skills. With an upbeat connect of the progressing world, our association will help Avantika University to explore the possibilities for placements, industry projects and internships for better career growth. MIT, Pune is also in sync with the changing trends of the young generation and offers a blend of empowered individuals who will apply a modern approach to solving problems while adhering to traditional values.”

About Avantika University Avantika University is India's first design centered university that applies a design thinking approach to education. Supported by MIT Pune, who have a firm footing in the field of education buoyed by their journey of more than three decades. An MIT, Pune campus in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh it encompasses a unique academic model that offers an integrated and immersive approach. Avantika aims to nurture and cultivate young minds who will function as informed citizens.

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UG Programs: Design: Helps Explore Innovative Ways to Develop Your Individual Viewpoint

A pressurized individual during their academics is often unable to compete in this highly competitive world. Whereas on the other hand, those who like thinking out-of-the-box and do things in innovative ways are successful in their respective lives and are appreciated everywhere.

Creativity as a skill can be inculcated and developed through academic learning that focuses on promoting innovative ideas that make the difference for any business or society. India’s first design centered University- Avantika offers a learning environment that helps students with a variety of ways to polish their skills in creative thinking and new idea generation. An MIT, Pune campus in Ujjain provides a one-of-a-kind UnderGraduate & PostGraduate Design Programs that helps the student to develop their individual viewpoints.

Avantika programs equip students with the essential skills to think creatively and logically. Starting 2017, Avantika University will be rendering Bachelor of Design (B.Des) programs in different specializations such as B.Des in System Design, B. Des in Industrial Design, and B. Des in Communication Design. All of these programs are focused on helping participants develop a balanced mindset so that they can create and grow any business in an innovative way.

An MIT Pune campus in Ujjain, Avantika University has a unique academic model that encompasses 4-pillars of education like foundation, core, professional, and integrated experience. The University is in the process of establishing collaborations with the leading global institutions that will help develop a learning ecosystem of knowledge for India. Those planning to pursue B. Des in the specified specializations can contact us, to learn more about the course content, through our official website, www.avantikauniversity.edu.in.

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Is Indian Education System Ready to Counter the Disruption around the world?

A revised curriculum in the Indian education system is quite essential to cope-up with the disruptive economic and industrial situations of the world. We live in an era of a technological revolution where we need to raise the global standards of education is quite essential. Indian educationists must take sustainable steps to imbibe core ethics that help provide advancement in education methodology. MIT Pune’s Avantika University is a front-runner in this space, located in ancient education hub of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.

The Indian education system must implement learnings from ancient principles as the strong foundation for country’s future growth. MIT Pune’s Avantika University has designed a unique approach to tackling the present challenges in their way and hopefully it will contribute to developing a new education system.

An MIT Pune Campus at Ujjain, Avantika University, will provide the best-in-class professional education by absorbing core Indian values. The University model has received world-class acclaim for their curriculum and education methodology. MIT, Pune has an active collaboration with the industry meastros like Mahindra, Cognizant, Infosys, JPMorgan, L&T, and many others, to provide the best of industrial training and placement to their students. Students who are looking for the UG and PG courses can enroll themselves in this institution to have a bright future.

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