sort of energy is generated when Jayseelan, a farmer and innovator from
Tamil Nadu and Shreya, a design student from Bangalore work jointly on refining
the process of coconut de-husking, a traditionally time consuming task?
structure of conventional courses at the college level does not allow
for this kind of engagement with real life scenarios. In a time like now,
in a country like ours, on the one hand our institutes of design and technology
throw up thousands of qualified professionals more people who can make
more aerodynamic cars
build bigger buildings etc. On the other hand
you have a nation faced with acute water
problems. The intersection of products with our lives has
to be examined and more meaningful ways of product creation need to be
explored. Educational institutions need to investigate these intersections,
so that students have the opportunity to engage with such questions. Srishti
plans to conduct this course, on a continual basis as a part of its curriculum.The
course Design that Matters rests on the premise that when people from
diverse backgrounds work together on a project, the entire process is
more enriching and useful. This kind of collaborative learning is based
on the idea that learning can be more of a social activity than an individual
endeavor. Its success depends not only on the ability and experience of
the participants, but integrally on the social aspects of the interaction.
The course proposes to leverage the potential of this kind of interaction.It
is modelled along the lines of an experiment design studio, MIT
Design that Matters, conducted at MIT.
It was initiated with a two-day workshop
held at CSIC auditorium. IISC
supported by NIF, held on the 16th and 17th of Feb, 2002.