The end-semester Design Project of Communication Design students was mentored by Prof. Kirti Trivedi and Rupesh Gajbhiye. The project aimed at checking the conceptualization and visualization power of the students by assessing their work on representing emotions with visuals and no written communication. The project helped the young learners explore how to develop different characters, illustration styles, suitable backgrounds, and portray using images without using any content. The students prepared storyboard by means of hand-drawing and digital tools, and built upon their conceptualization and visualization power. At the end, the students delivered their first-ever specialization-oriented brain-child in form of 35 individual storybooks, all designed, conceptualized and crafted with their imagination.
The course on Creative Visualization – 1 was led by Dr. Hemant Kaushik along with the faculties Prof. Kirti Trivedi, Kapil Sharma, Sanyukta Kashalkar, Ambrish Polekar, Chiranjib Narzary, Mukund Jethva and Krishnakant Pal. The course aimed at strengthening the visualization techniques of students through exploration of various elements of design and its hands-on experience. By working on a diverse range of 3D space composition along with toys and game-based science principles and mechanism, students explored the creative potential in prototyping toys and designing posters visualising the 6 Ritus guided by Music, Rasa, Theory, Poetry, Colors, Composition and Calligraphy. The course helped the students develop their visualization and creative representation skills by working on a wide variety of assignments.
The course on Design for Sustainable Development was led by the faculty, Sukanya Bor Saikia along with Prof. Kirti Trivedi, Muthupandian Cheralathan and Ajit Kumar Sharma. The course endeavored to stump a solid foundation of principles of sustainability and create sensitivity towards designing products considering its three pillars, namely, environment, social and economic, and using them to design flexible systems and have a practicable approach towards developing such solutions. The students learnt the three key elements of sustainability principals and how modern-day technology can facilitate development of solutions for better business proposition and benefit of the society at the same time. The students worked hands-on to develop solar powered customized lighting solutions, assessed the life cycle of a product and suggested improvements in the elements harming the environment, society and economy, keeping the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) sustainability goals, and did a collaborative project on designing for social, environmental and economic sustainability on Sites and designed solutions that would ultimately sustain the community for future.
The course on Engineering Mathematics was led by Dr. Rakesh Dubey and Dr. Muthupandian Cheralathan with the aim to introduce basic mathematics and present its holistic view to the Foundation year students. The students learnt how to solve fundamental engineering problems and how these problems can be mathematically described and methodically analysed to find a solution. The Students learnt the basic concepts required to understand, construct, solve and interpret matrices, differential calculus, vector calculus and ordinary differential equations, and developed their skills to apply this knowledge of mathematics to solve real-world problems. By means of research and use of MATLAB to create and run simulations, the students prototyped a Projectile Launcher, Automobile Suspension System and a Roller Coaster to showcase their understanding of applied mathematics in solving real-world problems and challenges.
The course on Communication Design aimed at developing the student’s understanding of brand identity and communication of its brand value through designing different collaterals. Under the mentorship of Prof. Kirti Trivedi and Rupesh Gajbhiye, the students of the M.Des program learnt the various concepts and processes of branding like research, mind- mapping, and customer survey etc., and developed different packaging formats, ADs, merchandises, websites etc., to establish the brand identity of selected products aiming to increase their brand value. As part of their course project, the students did exemplary work by giving birth to Design Studios by the name of ‘Between the Lines’ and ‘Thumbnail’ aiming to provide communication design solutions to people, revamping the print and digital presence of Jaipur International Film Festival to increase its brand value, packaging design by the name of ‘Mudra Sanskriti’; a handicraft brand providing packaging design solutions to the Yoga and handicraft sector, and Infographics of the FIFA World cup. The course helped the students understand brands, perspectives, importance of versatile thinking, ways and tools of doing customer survey, and the essence of communication design in uplifting the brand identity of any product.
The course on programming for engineers is a foundation course which aims at providing a clean and thorough application of programming, essential for engineering students. Under the guidance of the faculty members Dr. Dhirendra Sharma, Dr. Varun Tiwari, Reshma Chavan and Rushikesh Pawar, the students learnt the basic concepts as per their domains to apply programming to solve real-world problems.
The CSE students learnt hands-on application of object-oriented programming in C++ where they practiced solving real-time problems by aiming to provide more security and code reusability. The course brushed their logical-thinking skills, taught application of software based concepts and helped them understand the scientific and industrial use of programming for application development. The students designed various games such as escape plan, Tic Tac Toe, Patterns, Magic of 9 etc and applications such as an interface to launch satellite at mars, keep track of printing at computer center, application to solve mathematical equations and inventory management at super market, and many more.
The ME students learnt hands-on application of 2D drafting and 3D modelling by the use of software packages like AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Creo and Fusion 360 and drew projections of real time machine parts and components in CAD environment. The students brushed their logical- thinking abilities, understood the application of software based concepts and acquired skills to visualize and communicate various details of 3D objects with engineering community. They made orthographic and isometric projections of instruments like Hammer, Screw driver, Saw, Wrench etc followed by making 2D models in AUTO CAD and 3D models in SolidWorks and Fusion 360.
The course on Designer’s Toolbox was led by Dr. Hemant Kaushik along with Prof. Kirti Trivedi, and the faculties Kapil Sharma, Varun Tiwari, Mukund Jethva, Krishna Kant Pal and Pallavi Nath for the Foundation year students. The course aimed at teaching the tools and techniques for 2D and 3D representation through sketching, drawing, painting and model making with various materials. The course indulged the students in exercitated their latent creative skills and gave them a hands-on experience in perspective drawing, object drawing, nature drawing, technical drawing, isometric and schematic representation and creating various visual effects in different media. The course aimed at developing the students understanding of the fundamental tools and techniques which are essential for a solid design foundation.
The course on User experience design and Ergonomics was carried out by the faculties Shubha Shrivastava, Chiranjib Narzary and Dr. Samrat Dev for the students of B.Des program.
The course on UX design led by Shubha Shrivastava aimed at inculcating the basics and core concepts of User-Centered-Design where fields like user-experience of physical spaces and products, and Digital programmable and non-programmable interfaces were discussed and practiced. The students were made aware about comprehension, brain- memory and how studying consumer behaviour is the key to learn about their connection with any product, space or service. They also studied about how user-centricity is the foundation of user-experience and by understanding the expectations and desires of users, one can lead to better design solutions and opportunities. The course also gave students exposure about mobile app development, future of UX like AR/ VR, smart products like Alexa and case studies for Google lens.The course very well demystified the myths that cover UX and widened the perspective of the students about the field.
The course on Ergonomics which was led by Chiranjib Narzary aimed at bringing awareness in the students about the basic aim of designing i.e. user-centricity and how ergonomically right designs are made. The students learnt about physical, cognitive, work space and safety ergonomics, and made various projects to showcase their understanding of the same. The course on ergonomics increased the critical thinking abilities of the students and helped them in understanding the minutest of details that hold immense importance to design ergonomically right products and spaces.
The execution of the courses helped the students understand the factors that bring life to any experience or product and helped them build upon their concepts of UX Design course putting all the inputs of ergonomics into it. The students prototyped Iron handle, screw handle, Drill Machine handle and redesigned work spaces of the university such as the Workshop, Computer centre, Student union building etc. Students also inspected workspace from Ujjain and suggested changes that were easy and economically viable for the users. They also designed rentals of smart wear considering the futuristic lifestyle, a platform as one-stop solution for pet lovers, a space that translated the same experience as that of playing football and a website to showcase the portfolios of all the students of Avantika University.
Joy of Electronics is a course which aims at creating in-depth understanding of the language of electronics and its functionality. Under the guidance of the faculty members, Dr. Muthupandian Cheralathan and Ravikumar Jadhav, the students learnt to implement the analog and digital circuits for a real world application. With hands-on implementation of their learning, the student’s prototyped power supply for different application, single-axis solar tracking system along with Smart Street light, smart traffic control system, mobile detector and refrigerator alarm system through anatronics and digitronics. The course helped the students analyze, design and implement real world applications by learning pure elements of electronics such as digital and analog circuits.
The B. Des students showcased and presented their work in front of the Jury for the Foundation Year Project on 11, 12 and 13 June. At Avantika, Project Based Learning (PBL) prepares students for academic, personal, and career success. In pursuit of the same, students worked on a project over an extended period of time that engaged them in solving a real-world problem and answering complex questions. Through PBL, the students were able to stitch their work together from various learning experiences/ courses from the semester 02 and display it to the faculty members and external faculty from different academic environments for constructive feedback and critique. The Jury consisted of four distinguished panels that helped the enthusiastic students assess, appraise and further their knowledge and understanding.
Rightly said, ‘Dancing is like dreaming with your feet’. The students at Avantika University got an opportunity to realize their dream and meet Smt. Shama Bhate – an illustrious dancing Guru and diva. Shama Bhate’s work spans over 35 years as a performer, teacher, choreographer, artistic director, and thinker. She is the Director of a unique institute ‘Nadroop’– based in Pune and is a principle disciple of Guru Smt. Rohini Bhate, the doyen of Kathak. Smt. Bhate teaches as a Guru in many celebrated universities such as Lalit Kala Kendra, Nalanda College, Bharat College, Bharati Vidyapeeth and more. A recipient of the prestigious ‘Maharashtra Rajya Puraskar’ 2011, Smt. Bhate detailed out to the students how various elements of dance follow the aesthetic language of design that goes beyond visuals and embraces auditory and kinesthetic aspects. She started the session with a small introduction about Kathak and its history, which was followed by a spectacular solo performance of ‘Shiva Vandana’. She then talked about line, movement, space, levels, stance, geometric and the physical aspects of dance. To add to it, our in-house faculty, Prof. Sanjay Jain also shared with the students how knowledge and practice of dance and performing arts will help them in managing stress and bringing calmness, focus and elegance in their lives. All in all, the students thoroughly enjoyed the interaction and participated with commendable energy and enthusiasm.
For the undergraduate and postgraduate students, it was a delightful interactive session with Honorable Chancellor Dr. Sanjay Dhande Sir. The A -002 Vivekananda room was buzzing with enthusiasm and motivation as Dhande Sir delivered an inspiring talk on career growth, skill development and enhancement, time management etc. The hour-long interaction enthused the students to seek out real world problems and to work towards envisioning innovative solutions. He emphasized the importance of good reading and books, and the need to venture out of the comfort zone. The session ended with interesting questions and answers that the students were waiting to ask. It is so rightly said, ‘Experience is the best teacher!’. Dr. Dhande’s experience added immense value to each and every one present.
Avantika is revered for adopting a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which students are encouraged to acquire deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges. In line with its innovative and progressive teaching philosophy, Avantika lays emphasis on project-based learning and ‘learning-by-doing’. As part of the Engineering Sciences course, the first year students worked with mentors to undertake fascinating projects. By studying, analyzing and developing projects such as the Hydraulic Arm with Inverse Kinematics, Remote Control Solar Powered Car, A phenomenology of Galileo’s experiments with Pendulums, Ballista, Drone (Quadcopter) etc., the students furthered their theoretical learning to better their practical knowledge and understanding. At Avantika, such project-based learning not only provides opportunities for students to collaborate or drive their own learning, but it also instils in them skills such as problem solving, critical thinking and time management.
The landscape gardens at Avantika were bustling with creativity and zeal on the 10th and 11th of March 2018. The students keenly participated in a creative exercise that was coordinated by Prof. Kuntal De, Prof. Rupesh Gajbhiye, Prof. Amaranta Nehru and Prof. Hemant Kaushik. The exercise was designed to help develop the students’ observations and enable them to understand how the perception of an inanimate object (a stone) can be transformed using colors and forms.
Students from the B.Des program completed the assignment in groups, using geometrical figures like straight lines, triangles etc. They created illusions using different shades of colors and 3D and mosaic patterns.
The exercise fostered creativity, and encouraged the students to experiment and innovate.
Holi celebrations at Avantika continued throughout the week, merging with academia as well. Prof. Amranta Nehru, along with Professors Kuntal De and Hemant Kaushik covered the topic of Color Theory on 5th March, 2018 for students of the B.Des program. Students were directed to make use of different colors as a base line to depict their favorite fiction stories. They were asked to use a single color as the hero of the story, with the rest of the colors representing supporting characters. The students had to narrate the story to the class using the series of images created by them.
Learning at Avantika has been designed to be proactive and experiential. Students are encouraged acquaint themselves with the practical aspects of learning with an intent to drive the point home. As part of the Critical and Creative Thinking module, students were asked to choose any product and create a prototype which would help them garner a deeper understanding of its shape, functions, utility, and more. The outcome resulted in a plethora of remarkable ideas – from recycling waste to create objects of art, to comforting pillows to soothe us after a long day – these creations were the perfect outcome the boundless imagination of students. The projects made optimum use of mathematical principles, design thinking, study of shapes and forms, and sustainability to create innovative everyday objects. This exercise conducted by Professors Sanjay Jain and Dr. Sanyukta Kashalkar- Karve went a long way in helping students to learn the practical application of science and design to shed a positive influence on daily life.
A workshop on Drawing and Sketching was conducted by Professors Hemant Kaushik and Rupesh Gajbhiye on 5th February, 2018 for B.Des and M.Des students. The workshop was conducted in the lush green environs of the campus and the Kalideh Palace in Ujjain. Students were taught to observe the natural form minutely, assess the shapes in a simplified manner, and seek creative inspiration from the surroundings. They also learned the finer nuances of sketching, including the proper use of pencils in contouring, detailing, pressure control, and rendering.
Part of the Physical World syllabus, the workshop on Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics was conducted on 13th and 14th November, 2017 by Professors Ambar Bajpai, Ajit Sharma, Gautam Karve and Mr. Ravi Jadhav. The workshop gave students a hands-on conceptual understanding of the laws of thermodynamics and different ways in which heat can be used as a form of energy.
Two of our B.Des students, Himanka Kalita and Soham Mohanty, gave a drive to their creative passions by designing and modelling a Formula 1 Racing Car, as part of their Creative Art project. The model draws inspiration from Fernando Alonso’s winning car of Formula 1 2012, Scuderia Ferrari 2012. Making elementary shapes like cylinders, cubes etc. from ivory sheets, the two inventive students recreated the impressive machine. Serving as a motivation to fellow students, the model brilliantly displayed creativity, imagination and novelty.
Part of Physical World syllabus in the Foundation Program, these projects were created by students under the guidance of Professors Ambar Bajpai, Ajit Sharma, Gautam Karve, and Mr. Ravi Jadhav between 18th and 22nd September, 2017.
Students learned the fusion of biomechanics with robotics, which were used to create prototypes of birds and animals – principles of which could be used to develop new products.
Our faculty, Prof. Sanyukta Karve conducted the Music Module on 26th October, 2017 for B.Des and B.Tech students. The module involved asking students to create music for a short span of 3 minutes, using the instruments created them from scrap materials. Some students even wrote the lyrics themselves. They were exposed to different forms of music which helped them in broadening their thinking and creativity.
The objective of the Dance Module conducted at Avantika was to assist students develop a critical way of thinking and analyze the application of the basics of the performing arts to everyday living.
The entire course was divided into four parts, evenly spread over four days which would enable the instructors to introduce to the students certain different aspects of dance, and at the same time experiment with it as well. The first day covered the topic ‘Dance in Bollywood’, with students learning about the basic contemporary dance forms and how it derives its basics from daily human activities, and applying these forms in expressing various interpretations of inanimate objects.
On the second day, students learned about ‘Dance as a Folk Art’, which introduced the vivid folk dances of India and the main objective behind such dance forms. It assisted students in developing team spirit and a mechanism of working in group, encouraging them to be a part of a community and work towards achieving common goals. On day 3, students were introduced to dance as a fitness regime to attain physical, mental and emotional fitness. They also learned about the ancillary fields of dance and experimented with various colors and props to create a small performance.
On the fourth day, the module covered ‘Dance as a Classical Art Form’, covering the various classical dance forms of India and the discipline behind it. It helped students to work with the skill of expression and prepare them to experiment in front of an audience.
Our faculty Dr. Hemant Kaushik conducted an Art Module on 12th October, 2017 for the B.Des and B.Tech students. Students learned to create panoramic art featuring rural and tribal designs. These designs were inspired from the students’ observations from their visit to surrounding villages.
A workshop on Print Making was conducted by Prof. Abhishek Shrivastava as part of the Creative Expression course of the M.Des Foundation Program. A faculty at Avantika, Mr. Shrivastava is an artist who picked his skills at M.S. University, Vadodara and Shanti Niketan.
The workshop intended students to learn Print Making techniques using Transfer Relief from Rubber mats and Glass Painting. The purpose was to create expressions through intervention and exploration. Students created expressions on rubber pads using carving tools and learnt techniques of transferring them on paper using printing inks and rollers.
They also painted and mixed colors on glass and transferred the creations on to paper, with interesting and evocative prints being the tangible outcomes of the workshop. Learning hands-on skills, experiencing “Joy of Creation’’ and developing creative confidence were the major intangible outcomes of this workshop.
Students of the M.Des Foundation Program were part of the Think with Metals workshop on 3rd and 4th October, 2017. The workshop was conducted by Mr. Deval Verma, a young Product Designer and MIT-ID alumni of 2016, who is now a metal artist and an entrepreneur based in Indore.
The workshop intended students to add value to metal scrap parts through creative intervention. On the agenda was to abolish fear from the students’ mind to use workshop tools and materials and inculcate the “Joy of Creation’’ early on in their learning cycle to boost their creative confidence and develop collaborative work ethics. The student groups built interesting metal installations and metal sculptures and artifacts based on various themes using scrap automotive parts which normally are thrown as waste and left to rust, or are melted for downcycling. They used arc welding process and industrial adhesives to glue the parts together and learnt finishing techniques like wire brushing, grinding and polishing.
The Clay Modeling workshop was conducted by our Professors Dr. Hemant Kaushik and Abhishek Srivastava on 22nd September, 2017. Dr. Kaushik demonstrated techniques of working with clay. He guided relief carving and engraving techniques, along with working in 3D form for making heads and faces, tiles, and other design forms. He gave a fine demonstration of deftly making use of fingers and clay modeling tools. He also threw light on molding and casting technique for the artifacts. Prof. Abhishek Srivastava also demonstrated how to work in clay, the importance of carving and relief techniques and the significance of expressing ideas through the medium of clay.