FRIEND FOR LIFE
A teacher must understand the students; become a friend and guide as a role model
NI EN SI AO Head of Department, Fashion Design, Pearl Academy of Fashion
Style Quotient I have a good rapport with students and interact with them easily. I believe that a student’s point of view is equally relevant and I respect them for their perspective. My uniqueness is through my approach. Students view me as strict but reasonable and fair. I try to make any learning situation interesting for the students. I start my class with a recap of what has been covered previously and present new contents in different forms. It could either be a visual presentation or a film to involve students to elicit their understanding.
Voice within I joined full-time academics 15 years ago. Having worked in the industry as a consultant on various projects concerning my area of specialisation; textile, fashion, craft, I decided to venture into education and share my experiences. I had a vision to contribute positively to design education needs in India. On the one hand, there were industries competing to supply globally through export, and on the other, the domestic demands were growing albeit many challenges. Designers needed to be trained for such challenges and there were not enough trained teachers. I also felt the best way to keep in touch with young minds and continue to be involved with the industry.
Youth brigade Instead of changing the youth, I would prefer that they recognise their strengths and build on their achievements. Students should develop an independent and purposeful mind. If the Indian youths work at bringing about a change in their environment, society and themselves they would have something to look forward to. No matter what you train as, what talents you possess and what opportunities you come across, each contribu-
tion would matter and align itself to bring about a difference.
Bookworm I read a lot, all kinds of books especially history, biographies and trade journals. The must read book is, A Small History of Nearly
Everything, by Bill Bryson. No matter how many times I read this book, it still gets me thinking about its simplicity, immense amount of hard- core knowledge, great humour and lucidity of communication. I would really like to adapt this concept to my teaching designs and applications.
Global outlook Indian education in design is highly commendable in terms of quality, practical training of students. If design education aims to equip future designers, it needs to align itself with the needs of the industry, society, environment and student aspirations. Great efforts are being made by the government and private enterprises to deliver quality standards equivalent to International universities. Design is a global phenomenon; its practitioners have to be able to perform at global levels and situations. by Devika Jeet