Last year the doors opened to DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies, a new automotive design school. The institution has grown from strength to strength and has achieved considerable success in this short time.
The school is located in the young and thriving cosmopolitan city of Pune, which is already an established educational center having the largest number of resident foreign students in the country. It is also a bustling industrial city and an automobile hub that is often referred to as the 'Detroit of India'. Tata's Nano was developed in Pune, while General Motors, Volkswagen, and Fiat each have a base there. The city is also home to the world's second largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Bajaj Auto.
DYPDC has been established as a joint initiative between DY Patil group - a highly regarded educational organization - and car design guru Dilip Chhabria who, besides being the promoter, is chief mentor.
Chhabria originally qualified in Transportation Design from Art Center of Design in Pasadena, US, and then went on to work at General Motors' Design Center before starting the DC Design consultancy in 1993. With more than 650 designs on the road to his credit, Chhabria is a role model to students in India who are aspiring to build a career in the automotive industry.
"DYPDC is my personal passion, and I am going to drive this school to make sure it produces the best automobile designers," says Chhabria. "Presently there are no credible programs that plug this gap between demand and supply of world-class automobile designers. DYPDC is here to fill that void."
"DYPDC is a boon in view of the impending explosion of automotive growth in our part of the world," Chhabria continues. "One of the most unique features of the program is that the final year students build an actual car as part of their project, a fantastic opportunity which no other design school offers."
If you are a student seeking to study automobile design, DYPDC offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs, which is supported by excellent facilities and a highly motivated teaching staff. DYPDC is solely focused on serving the automotive domain, helping transform individuals into the thinkers, dreamers and designers of tomorrow.
Enrolments for the academic year 2011-12 are in progress for the following full-time programs in Automobile Design.:
Undergraduate Program in Automotive Design
Duration : 3 Years
Eligibility : Students with 12 years of school education in any discipline
Postgraduate Program in Automotive Design
Duration : 2 Years
Eligibility : Students with an undergraduate degree in any discipline
Classes are small and entry to the school is very competitive, with students admitted on the basis of portfolio and a personal interview. They must demonstrate commitment, maturity and readiness to work and grow in an academically demanding, yet fun-filled educational environment.
"We emphasize learning and discovery through studio and workshop practice, critical reflection and experimentation with ideas, processes and materials," says Hrridaysh Deshpande, Director of DYPDC.
The full-time faculty includes Emanuele Nicosia, formerly of Pininfarina (Italy), who has worked with some of the world's biggest automobile brands, including Ferrari, Lamborghini, Jaguar and Bugatti. DYPDC is currently recruiting experienced automobile designers and educators from around the world to add to its core teaching team.
DYPDC also has a very strong visiting faculty program; in the last year the school has invited professionals and educators from institutions such as Politecnico di Milano, Hanbat University, Tu Delft, Braunschweig University of Art, Northern Illinois University and Center for Creative Studies (CCS).
One of the interesting features of DYPDC is its trimester system, wherein the learning of each trimester is applied to design something new. For the first trimester the undergraduate students made automobile-inspired household items like clocks, dish-stackers and table-lamps, while the postgraduate students designed full-scale models of futuristic, environment-friendly bicycles. For the second trimester the undergraduate students conceived a personal mobility vehicle, and the postgraduate students designed a bus for mass transportation. In the third trimester, which is underway, the PG students are working on an A-segment car.
Through all of this DYPDC aims to make learning both profound and fun.
DYPDC welcomes international students. Its Office of International Student Services can provide advice on admissions and also assist with immigration. For more information about the admission process, programs, or any other details visit the website or contact academic advisor Ramandeep Arora.
Telephone: +91 020 - 30619507
Find out more about Dilip Chhabria at www.dcdesign.co.in