Meet the Faculty of Institute of Design

Prof. A. Balasubramaniam

Director, Institute of Design

Bala is an alumnus of NID, Ahmedabad, and has taught across major design institutes in the country, including NID, NIFT, and the School of Planning & Architecture (SPA), New Delhi.

He is the founding Director of the Institute of Design at JKLU. He is also the President of ADI (Association of Designers of India) for the term 2022-24.

He was the Dean of IILM School of Design in Gurgaon from 2007 to 2010 and has also been a member of the Academic Board for several design institutes, including SPA, New Delhi and Nirma University.  He is a regular jury member at NID, NIFT and other places. Bala has been a Design Consultant to Oxfam, where he helped Indian artisans develop products for the European market. He was instrumental in setting up the Prototype Initiative for Design Excellence (PRIDE), the design division at NSIC for the Government of India Initiative. He holds the unique experience of creating one of the first programmes in Design based on digital delivery.

He has designed market-leading products as diverse as tractors and torches for Eveready, Eicher, Usha, Hero Motors, Bajaj, NIF and UNDP. He writes on the subject of Design in leading magazines and newspapers and on his blog.

Raj Gopal Menon

Professor & Dean, Institute of Design

Raj Gopal Menon is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from Calicut University with a postgraduate degree in Industrial Design from IIT, Mumbai. He has more than 35 years of experience encompassing a wide array of industries and sectors such as technology, consumer products, energy, health, and design. Kaynes Technology, RAL Consumer Products, Duron Energy Pvt. Ltd., Geneva Innovations International, Perfint Health, Vital Bio Systems, Indez Designs, and his alma mater IIT, Mumbai are some of the prestigious organisations and institutions where he has significantly contributed as a design professional.

Prior to joining JKLU, Raj worked as a Consultant where he was involved in medical devices prototype production for the last two years. He is an avid reader with profound interest in music, calligraphy and origami.

Faculty Members

Anirudha Biswas

Industrial Designer; Product Designer, Mentor, Pearl Academy

Suranjana Satwalekar

Exhibition Designer; Senior Faculty - NID Ahmedabad; Founder - Satwalekar Design Studio; Alum - NID Ahmedabad, St. Stephens, DU

Amitanshu R. Shrivastav

Product Designer; B.Des. from IICD, Jaipur; Founder & Designer at Amitansh Thinking Studio

Yash Bahadur Raizada

Graphic Design; Branding; Media Management; Data Visualisation

Astha Gohil

Visual Communication Designer; Independent film maker; Academician/ Mentor

Binil Mohan

Design management professional; CSIP Research Fellow; Sahapedia-UNESCO Fellow.

Abhishek Meena

Furniture design; Industrial design; Design execution; B.Des. from NID, Ahmedabad; Founder – Sacca Design

Prof. Devanuj K. Balkrishan

A designer with qualifications in three different domains of design namely, Architecture from IIT, Roorkee, Product Design from IIT, Delhi and Human-Computer Interaction from IIT, Bombay. He is trained to work on human problems related to habitat or usability.

Pritam Singh

Interaction Designer | B.Des., NIFT New Delhi; M.Des., NID Gandhinagar

Visiting Faculty

Kshitiz Anand

Associate Vice President, Paytm. Indiana University, Bloomington.

Saurabh Deb

Chief Designer UX , Samsung.  NID Ahmedabad.

Manish Iyer

Senior Industrial Designer from NID, Co-founder and Chief Designer – Designworth

Chandni Rajendran

Product Design Manager – Aspire; Ex- Quicksand Design Studio; Founder, Tactopus; Alum – IIT Bombay

Saurabh Suman

Senior Product Designer          Sumo Logic ; IIT Bombay

Akash Alegaonkar

Award-winning Transportation Designer; Member, Faculty Development Programme, IIT Guwahati.

Shailan Parker

Senior Photographer; Senior Faculty – NID Ahmedabad.

Sunali Aggarwal

M.Des, NID Ahmedabad. Co-founder of Mobikwik

Kaustuv Majumdar

Industrial Designer and architect, Geis and Bartner, Germany

Mahendra Patel

Mentor Professor, DY Patil International University; Former Visiting Faculty, IDC School of Design, IIT Mumbai.

Rasagy Sharma

Product Designer, Sundial; Visiting Faculty – NID; M.Des. – NID Ahmedabad.

P. Karthikeyan
Karthikeyan P.

Senior Interaction Designer; Alum – IIT Bombay

Gaurav Juyal

Learning Experience Designer, Byjus; Former Host – Art Attack; Founding Faculty – Institute of Design, JKLU

Abhishek Biswas

Product Designer

Mamta Mantri

PhD. University of Mumbai; Research and Interpretation Expert.

Ambika Joshi

Director & Co-founder at Ajaibgarh; Project Manager – Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal; Creative Coder; Alum – NIFT

Jury Members

Aditi Dhar

Founder & Director, Vitasta Design; Industrial & Product Designer, NID, Ahmedabad

Abhishek Shrivastava

Asst. Professor of Interaction Design, Institute of Design, IIT Guwahati; M.Des, NID Ahmedabad; PhD IIT Bombay

Amaltas Khan

Industrial Designer, Head of Department, Product Design, NID, Andhra Pradesh; Former Design Consultant, WoodKart

Anubha Kakroo

Sr. Lead Experience Designer – Airtel; Professor of Design; Alumnus – SPA Delhi, Brunel University London.

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