Kerala’s first national design institute to start in July

Admissions are open for the three courses on offer at the newly launched Kerala State Institute of Design (KSID). The institute, which comes under the Kerala government’s apex skill development agency KASE, will be supported by the prestigious National Institute of Design (NID).
Releasing the prospects, Shibu Baby John, Labour Minister of Kerala, said the aim was to make this an exemplary institute with faculty and curriculum support of the NIDs.
“It aims to create highly skilled design professionals and also produce a “made in Kerala” brand, with part of the syllabus planned with particular attention to using the state’s natural resources, particularly in the handicrafts and handloom sectors,” he said.

The institute offers 10 seats each for its three postgraduate design diploma courses in Integrated Product Design, Integrated Textile and Apparel Design and IT Integrated Communication Design, with the academic year scheduled to begin in mid-July.
The courses, that are open to graduates who have secured a minimum of 55% in any discipline, is spread over 30 months and is divided into five semesters, inclusive of a six-month internship.
The institute is located in Chandanathope on the outskirts of Kollam. It is set in a 31,000 square feet campus, with state-of-the-art, fully equipped labs, a computerized library, high-speed internet and hostel facilities.