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NID rocks Jewellery fashion week!

Five students from National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar, presented a unique and futuristic jewellery collection at India’s first jewellery fashion week held in Mumbai recently.

Swati Agarwal, Chetan Sharma, Avantika Kumar, Sanjeev Gupta and Gauri Pandey trumped 120 entries from various design institutes in the country to turn NID into the only institute that showcased its talent in ‘India International Jewellery Week (IIJW)’.

The designs dazzled the audience along with creations by 30 renowned Indian jewellery designers including Farah Khan Ali, Varun D Jani, Bina Goenka and Rhea Nasta. The funky collection called New Adorn contained 14 pieces including neck pieces, waist chains, rings and earrings.

Head of NID’s Lifestyle and Accessory Design department Shimul Mehta Vyas said, “The jewellery week was a successful attempt at promoting jewellery design in India. The international market looks on us as artisans, not as designers. This event will help change the image.”

Text & images courtesy – Ahmedabad Mirror, 23Aug2010


DNA poster team at work (Monsoon fiesta ground zero) !

These images are courtesy of Gopal Meena. Thanks Gopal!

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Lalu directs film?

We received a tantalizingly cryptic mail from Arka Gupta today morning. I reproduce it verbatim as below.

Title: “Ehsaas”
Director: Lalu.
6:15 PM. AUDI.
Yes, that IS the Lalu we know…

Now that’s got my goat. I have to see what Lalu has done and hopefully I shall have this up on my blog for everyone soon.

Monsoon Fiesta T shirts on sale!

These are the final t-shirt designs that the SAC is printing this time. The t-shirts are priced at Rs. 200/- and can be booked in the mess at lunch from 12:30pm to 1:30pm and at dinner from 9pm to 10 pm on campus.

Hopefully they might consider alumni requests through email !

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Wooooohooo we are back!

After a long hiatus, we are back with a bang! My daily reports from campus will start soon. The weather is wonderful with the rain gods being benevolent on us mortals. The campus is lush green, slushy and slippery all over! Oh how can i forget, the snails are back on the pigeon paths. Strangely though the numbers have drastically reduced.

Micro effects of global warming?

NID Bangalore students win!

Jalpa Vyas has won the best student design entry award ( 1st prize) @ GlaxoSmithKline Packovation Design competition. She was awarded with a trophy, certificate and a cash prize of Rs.10000.

Akhila Mathur (Home Accessories Category ) and Saloni Pabuwal (Public Spaces Category) have won the first prize of $ 2000.

Dinudey Baidya & Gaurang Gupta (Public Spaces Category) have won the second prize of $ 1000 in Jindal Stainless Steel Innovation Awards.

Other entries of students Divya Sangwaiya, Anuj Agrawal, Varun Varshney, Debasish Biswas, Akshay Koranne,  and Abhimanyu Singh have been short listed for the same.


ReDiscover Bicycle – Praveen Nahar’s system course rocks!

Folks, the campus is abuzz with the the commencement of ReDiscover Bicycle project. The area under the ‘A’ Hostel has been chosen as the designated spot.

ReDiscover Bicycle is an initiative to promote cycling culture in Ahmedabad city as a sustainable mode of transportation. Cycling culture has never been a part of Indian society ever since the advent of motorised transportation in India. And the trend is further falling. Ahmedabad has just got its first trial phase of BRTS (Bus Rapid Transit System) and the newly constructed cycle tracks along the BRTS corridor is the first step towards introducing dedicated infrastructure for promoting cycling in the city.

The group is looking at setting up an experimental model of “Bike sharing” system in NID campus for the NID community. This system will have bicycles (of the volunteers and some of them would be repaired from the unclaimed cycles lying parked in staff parking area of NID, Paldi campus) available for sharing for 10 days. The ‘ReDiscover Bicycle’ Team are making arrangements to get this system in place as soon as possible.

The cycles around the hostel area of the campus were tagged for request to the owners to contribute their bicycles for sharing. A Focus Group Discussion was held in the Product Design Studio, where in people from various domains were invited for sharing their cycling experiences in their home towns/cities and in Ahmedabad. Students on exchange programme from RMIT, Melbourne and a faculty from Fachhochschule, Hannover Germany are participating in the discussion.

Follow the cycles on –

Watch this space folks, I will try and get more updates, other student interviews and other details soon!