40th Convocation, 2019


NID's 40th Convocation Day was held on Saturday, 07 March 2020 at NID Ahmedabad Campus from 5.30 pm onwards.

A total of 325 students graduated from various disciplines: 90 students from the 4 year Bachelor of Design; 235 students from the 2½ year Master of Design.

On this occasion, Shri Jamshyd Godrej, Chairperson, Governing Council, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad mentioned that it was with increased responsibility that the designer of today will step out. In times when the industry itself is also keen to address the complex issues of environment, disparities, need, scarcity, and at the same time of excess and extremities, the onus was on the young design graduates of this nascent decade to shape potential realities that humanity will thank you for. He also thanked NID with its immense lineage of teaching and practice that constantly makes the best thinkers, makers and doers.

Shri Praveen Nahar, Director, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad said that NID’s pedagogical approaches have constantly evolved in recent years to include disruptive technologies, participatory methodologies, and local-global challenges of both social and environmental nature; they are based on fundamental underpinnings of ecological sensitivity and self-awareness.

Shri Tarun Deep Girdher, Chairperson, Education, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad felt this year, the diversity of projects done by graduating students from 20 different specialisations of design, were strung by one common thread—that of a continuous effort to make the world better and its people, more humane.

As a part of the Convocation celebrations, annual design show ‘Lines of Inquiry’, consisting of works all the three NID campuses i.e. Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, and Bengaluru, covering 19 disciplines and service verticals will be held from 09th to 12th March 2020 (closed on 10th March 2020 for Holi) and will remain open for all interested people.

About ‘Lines of Inquiry’
Co-curated by a team of graduating students and faculty members ‘Lines of Inquiry’ takes you on a journey to discover the inward and outward quests that were pursued as academic inquiries by learners and teachers in the classroom and outside it, over the past one year. The exhibition is designed to engage visitors with the questions, probes, and investigations that we pursue as designers. It explores the importance of framing and re-framing inquiries driving our design and creative practice; making them meaningful not only for ourselves, but also for our societies, and our planet. The exhibition has four sections that explore inquiries about self, about practice, about the subject, and about the system. The projects in each section illustrate the multiple directions taken by these inquiries as they move across disciplinary boundaries.

We invite you to see the exhibition and ask yourself - How can we move from making statements to asking big questions?