Design Education in India: Affordability

National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad hiked its annual fees for the current year. For Post-Graduation it increased its fees from Rs. 1.40 lakhs per annum(LPA) to Rs. 2.55 LPA. Similarly for Under-Graduation it increased from Rs. 1.20 LPA to Rs. 2.20 LPA. Following NID, private design colleges have also hiked their fees.

Can a Central Governance aided institution like NID hike its fee by 82% just in a year?

Unlike engineering, medical or management, there aren’t many Design colleges in India. Students who are interested in design as their career strive to get into NID, IDC or IITs(where design is offered). These are the only good options they have. These students may belong to different economic levels. Can a parent who belongs to the middle or lower middle class afford NID education for his/her child? The recent fee hike would have surely made them rethink to apply for NID.

Design as a profession has the potential to contribute to every part of the society.

Variance among students is vital. Variance with respect to education, past experience, native place, religion brings in different perspectives during the course which adds richness to the education.

But now I fear that this variance will get affected due to fee hike. Students belonging only to metropolitan cities are most likely to get into NID. What about the B and C-tier city students? What about the less privileged yet potential students?

I agree that NID has to retain its teachers from going to private design colleges by offering them better compensation. Good Teachers, no doubt are a priceless asset of a college. But what about the student’s interest? What about those students who have seen the common man’s life and understand his pain points. Their designs are most likely to cater to larger set of society.

However NID has scholarships for the students which cover up to 50% – 100% of the tuition fee. But that is available to only few. And it covers just the tuition fee not the other expenses like studio/lab fee, mess and hostel facilities.

Banks do offer loans. But that’s a work-around, not the solution. Loans depend on various factors like guarantor and parents income etc. Getting a loan sanctioned is not a easy task. Lot of paperwork and probability of getting approved is very less. Banks always have some reason to reject the loan application.

Assuming that the student got his loan approved. After his education his only interest will be to get a job so that he can start paying back the loan. So the whole effort that NID takes to instill “concern-for-the-society” feeling in a student goes in vain.

Does design education has to be so costly?

Fawaz

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About syedfawaz2002

I am Syed Fawaz Ahmed. I am currently pursuing post graduation in New Media Design at National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Engineer by profession, Artist at heart. I have done my Engineering in Information Science in M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology You can reach me at syedfawaz2002@gmail.com
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