Academic Contributors

Pankaj Patel

Chief Mentor

Graduated from NID batch 1971-77, one amongst the first NID convocation graduates in 1978. He is the witness of Design profession & education since over 45 years. He believes that, “Creativity needs no Compartments”. During his journey from pencil era to the digital media, he has proved worth of his name, by unfolding various discipline of design like Fashion & Textile, Furniture & Interior, Industry & products as well as corporate identity programs. This ability to explore nature, art and culture around the world makes him a unique dictator and design educator. He is very much present in many design colleges of repute. His flair for passion in the design education & commitment to create growing generation of professional designers, itself is, one of his most commendable unique qualities, as an education leader in Design.

Bhanwar Rathore

Chief Advisor

Dr. Bhanwar Rathore is a NIFT and IIT Alumni. He further pursued his Masters and Doctorate studies in Fashion Design. As a Fashion Designer, he started his career as a designer in Arvind Mills but the educator soul instigated him to help the students and create awareness about the Design Education across India and abroad. Dr. Bhanwar Rathore has 17 years of experience in the field of design education. Moreover, he has also been honoured as “Man of the Year” for his contribution in the field of Design Education by Times of India for three consecutive years 2017, 2018, 2019.

Narendra Patel

Visual Communication (Animation)

Graduated in fine art 1973, Concluded his M Des. In visual communication (Animation Film) from NID-1980 Credit also goes to him to become the first graduate and first professor in animation film in India. Being the only qualified animation designer, he served as a faculty at NID & contributed in developing Animation Film Course at NID. He has been an outstanding design professional known for many land mark projects, animated advertisements & promotional films. He is known for his in depth services in graphics, branding, packaging, exhibition, web designing, user interface, and software development. His presence is seen in many premium Design institutions starting from NID, DA-IICT(Gandhinagar),IICD (Jaipur),NIRMA University (Ahmedabad). He believes “Designing is more challenging today due to rapidly changing technology & material science. we also need to keep synchronized our knowledge with the growing challenges in the Indian industry.”

Minal Patel

Architect & Town Planner

Architect, Urbanist and Academician in the field of Architecture and Urban Design and Planning since last 30 years. She has started her journey as academician from 2007 while on board of studies at Nirma University & Ganpat University School of Architecture. Involved with IED, V.V. Nagar as Urban Planning Head, worked with UID as PG program Head, Faculty at CEPT in Urban Planning Housing and involved with teaching and as jury at SVIT Vasad, SMAID V.nagar in various capacities.

Vasav Bhatt

Architect & Interior Designer

An Architect with an experience of working with legendry personalities like Mr A.D.Raje & Padmashree Dr.B.V.Doshi, served in a vast versatile field of Architecture & Urban Planning. He has proven his mark with his belief “The best buildings spring from their surroundings, both natural and cultural as well from people who will occupy them. The purpose of our work is to create harmonious buildings and to make the act of dwelling-both publicly & privately more meaningful.” His contribution in Architecture & Interior spaces speak by itself on his belief. He is known as an educator as well as an expert on “Art of Detailing in Design”. He has been contributing his expertise in many Design education institutions of repute on key areas of working drawings, design studio & final year Design projects. His work speaks for his personality as an Architect, Designer & Educator.

Vijay Tiwari

Textile Design

Design Graduate from NIFT (Gandhinagar) B.Des. having over 13 years of experience in the Fashion industry and education. He has created a benchmark in Woven Handloom Fabrics for Varanasi Weaver’s Project 2008 with the great collection of wearables. Students favorite design mentor at various design colleges in India as well as senior visiting faculty at NIFT (Gandhinagar).

Ritesh Singh

Fashion & Textile Design

Fashion and Textile Designer from NIFT (Gandhinagar) continues his journey with his love and passion for handloom and handicraft, holds over 25 Fashion shows under his name at National and International level. He is Design head at "Garvi Gurjari" (GSHHDC) and advisor at "SEWA". His passion for Design Education is witnessed by many Design Colleges across India.

Shalini Tripathi

Textitle & Ceramic and Glass Design

Energetic Designer from NIFT (Gandhinagar) B Des. Textile Design, & M Des. NID ( Ahmedabad ) Ceramic and Glass Design, has been exploring Design Professional & Education since more than seven years. She has worked with different companies in Apparel and Textiles sectors to Tiles and Design sectors, also involved with companies to plan long-term Design strategies for start-ups in India on different platforms like online education, health, and sustainability. She has her own Visual Communication one-stop solution company & actively involved as visiting Faculty at NIFT Gandhinagar.

Paul Devid Martin

Fashion Photographer & Stylist

My philosophy about Design: "Design is one's imagination and perspective, moulded in a creative way. There is nothing right or wrong about it. An artist gives soul to the piece with his/her skill and passion.

Neer Shah

Furniture & Product Design

A Product Design Graduate from UID, with key expertise in Furniture and Interior Products. He holds 5 years of experience in Furniture industry. With an innate sense of relevant & trending designs, he has collaborated with National and International brands for furniture designing & export. He also holds Ajay Shankar Memorial Award 2017- the award for best design. With an experience, passion and dedication to designing, he aims to share his knowledge & expertise with design students.

Darshan Jogi

Architect & Interior Designer

Architect from Faculty of Design, CEPT Ahmedabad. He has worked in the domain of design user research, concept generation & Interior Design project management. His teaching experience of 10 years in design colleges like NIFT Gandhinagar, Nirma, and CEPT. Ahmedabad. He has cultivated ability to be intuitive, to recognize patterns, to construct ideas that are emotionally meaningful as well as functional. His ability to express through various means that are beyond words or symbols is a plus. His awareness of inspiration, idealization & implementation gives him strength to break through the complex maze of making things in a new way. The same phenomenon is applicable for design thinking.

Mousmi Sejpal

Textile Designer

B.Des from NIFT, Gandhinagar, and a Gold Medalist in the field of Textile Design. Her passion lies in the craft sector. She has worked with craft-oriented organizations and brands like Fabindia, Garvi Gurjari, and Raasleela Textiles. She has further worked in several craft Clusters for Design and Skill Development of the artisans and weavers. Content Designing and Writing is her inherent quality. Further, she is a certified counselor and she aims to shape the lives of students with her knowledge and expertise.