Majumdar Teaches Summer Course in India
Professor Santanu Majumdar was invited to teach a systems design module at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, over the summer. Majumdar’s class included 16 students – 11 from NID, four from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, and one from Ecole Nationale Superieure de Creation Industriel in Paris – and the class project was a challenging task to reinvent Khadi, a movement started by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi aimed at boycotting foreign goods and improving India’s economy. The Khadi handspun cloth is affiliated with this movement, and the students had to explore how to improve the outlook of a new generation toward Khadi products in Khadi stores.
Students of applied arts developed a unique news application to deliver users’ favorite news topics and, if necessary, read the news to the user. The application can also translate news written in foreign languages.
Four students traveled abroad through design internships in India. John Trail and Heather Blount interned over the summer at Elephant Design and Strategy, and Angelica Michelle Cruz and Pauline Dorsey interned at INDI Design over the summer.