Prof. V. Ravishankar
B.E (Electrical), PGDP (Industrial Design) NID
“NID Assam envisions design education, research and practice, with a focus on creativity & innovation in making things meaningful, usable, inclusive and delightful. We look ahead to connecting with social, health, livelihood and lifestyle sectors’ needs and wants, both through digital and indigenous technologies across cultures.”
Having acquired a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1985 from University College of Engineering, Osmania University, VS Ravishankar enrolled into National Institute of Design Ahmedabad in 1986 for a PG Diploma in Product Design. He has worked as a designer, both independently and on roles in the industry in diverse sectors such as Product, Furniture, Lifestyle, IT, Advertising, Retail, Indian Crafts and the Govt sector.
In 2009 he joined NID Bangalore as a Senior Faculty member under the Industrial Design program. He also offers courses in Design Fundamentals, Design Process, Retail Design, Digital Product Design and Experience Design. He worked on various NID Design consultancy projects for clients both from the Industry and the Govt. Subsequently as a Principal Faculty conceptualized and started the Master’s Program in Universal Design in 2015, the first of its kind in the country. At NID Bangalore he served as the Coordinator for the MSME Design Clinic Scheme, South Zone and also the CEO In-charge of the National Design Business Incubator of NID at Bangalore.
Ravishankar is a co-author in the formulation of the Universal Design India Principles. He was awarded the NID-Business World Design Excellence Award in 2006. He was the Director’s nominee for the Universal Design Task Force (Govt. of India) to formulate framework for setting up the National Institute of Universal & Inclusive Design (NIUID) in India. He has been the Jury member for 3 consecutive years for the India Design Mark accreditation constituted by the India Design Council. A Jury member for the Mahindra Rise Challenge for Domestic Solar Solutions.
With around 30 years of experience as a professional designer in Industry and Academia, Ravishankar is presently serving as Director, National Institute of Design, Assam which commenced its first academic session in July 2019.