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National Research Reports

This report aims to provide a review on Design and Innovation in India from the early days of Independence to the present and beyond. Focus is given to innovative methods for research and design, extreme affordability principles for product design and development, community-based programs for design and innovation and educational practices.

The scope of design covers industrial design, design of human-computer interaction and design of services. Background and context analysis is provided, which includes statistical data and trends of design and innovation in India covering both commercial aspects and educational programmes.

Emphasis is given to the collaboration between industry and HEIs. Research also includes existing examples of cooperation between industry and HEIs, Internships and other activities related to design education.

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EU Best Practices Database

The aim of this report is to Identify and analyse EU best practices to be transferred to target countries of DESINNO project: success stories will be related to existing Design & Innovation centres or labs and to the collaboration among academia and industry for the development of the sector. The best practices include also design courses delivered in European HEIs as part of multi-disciplinary design curricula.

This is achieved through a two-step process.1) literature review about design and innovation with a focus on innovative methods for research and design, educational practises and facilities able to support didactic and research in this field; and 2) selection and evaluation of EU best practices related to Design education, research and innovation.

The focus of the research will be the analysis of Existing Research & Innovation Centres and paradigms of cooperation between HEIs and Industry in order to collect insights useful for the DESINNO partners.

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Cross Country Research Report

This report synthesises the results of the desk research carried out with the results of two questionnaires and a focus group that were undertaken as part of the field study. This report aims to assess the importance of Design for the India’s economy, the services that will be offered by the Design & Innovation centres, the most favourite pedagogical approach for Design & Innovation centres and existing design courses to be improved. Finally, it aims to identify EU best practices and success stories to be transferred to India.

The methodological approach and the tools (i.e. questionnaire, templates for collecting data, guidelines for the focus groups, template for the collection of best practices). The research undertaken adopts a three-pronged approach bringing together three discrete components: Desk research, Field research through interview, Field research through focus groups, the triangulation of the conclusions will provide a better understanding of the context and a higher degree of confidence in the analysis of the results.

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Improved Design Courses

The Improved Courses Report offers an analysis of existing courses offered by WUD, RIMT and IIIT-D, which have been identified for improvement.

Using as a framework the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education, developed by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2011, this document evaluates the existing curricula of the partner institutes based on: core knowledge, areas of activities, and professional values.

It also identifies ways in which courses at these institutions can utilise the new Design and Innovation Centres.

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