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Jatin Bhatt

Pro Vice Chancellor

Specialization in Industrial Design

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Education & Research

Prof. Jatin Bhatt is a 1977 graduate of National Institute of Design with a specialization in Industrial Design. Based on his long and varied experience in practice and academics, he has been primarily concerned with issues of academic and business processes pertaining to application of design and its larger potential in its nuances and meaning.


After over a decade of practice in consumer goods, machine tools, automobiles, watches, handicrafts, jewellery, bags, toys, interiors, exhibitions and packaging, he moved to active design academics to set up the Accessory Design Department at NIFT in 1991. The program conceived as a design-marketing interface was pioneering in its industry-academic synergy and mobilized sustained industry investment in student projects. Prof. Bhatt was the Chair of the now rechristened Department of Fashion & Lifestyle Accessories at National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and heading five centers at Bengaluru, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad and Delhi from their inception till early 2008.

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Professionl Activities/Awards

He pioneered unique curricula at NIFT integrating many micro & macro real world initiatives realized through involvement of students and faculty of the department. He has conceived and led varied initiatives in industry and craft clusters of Handicrafts, toys, jewellery, carpets, wool, footwear & leather goods, cane & bamboo and more in capacity building, entrepreneurship, technology development, market strategies, design & product development, artisans’ rehabilitation, training and resource linkages.


He has been closely involved with the concept and implementation of legal protection of community traditional knowledge under the instrument of Geographical Indicator (GI) and been on various forums constituted by UNESCO, Government of India and J&K State Government. Prof. Bhatt was commissioned to carry out a substantive feasibility study of Kashmir crafts with pragmatic recommendations on the state level support structures enabling the grant of GI to nine crafts of Kashmir and related certification, testing and promotion of authenticity mark for such crafts. The same is being implemented by Craft Development Institute, Srinagar under state funding and support.   


He has been a mentor and consultant to buyers & vendors of Pier1 Imports, Bombay Company and Global views. He has been advisor and on expert committees for curriculum development and review for Indian Institute of Craft & Design Jaipur, CLRI Chennai, IIGJ Delhi, IIGJ Jaipur, IIGJ Mumbai, Pearl Academy of Fashion Delhi & Jaipur, IDC IIT Mumbai, JDTI Noida and Craft Development Institute Srinagar, Kashmir. He has been a visiting faculty, external examiner and on faculty & students selection committee at NID, NIFT, SPA, Pearl Academy, MIT Pune, IICD, CDI, IID Delhi, Kashmir University, INLACS Foundation and more. He has also been on the selection committee of UPSC for induction of directors.


Consistent with his entrepreneurial inclination, he has set his own design, production, product development and consultancy firms in the areas of toys, crafts, techno modeling and education at various stages of his career which have given him a close insight of various businesses and organizational functioning.


After leaving NIFT, Prof. Bhatt set up a consultancy focusing on various aspects of institution building from positioning strategies; organizational structures and policy framework to curricula and faculty development in broad areas related to design and related education & training. He has also developed short-term programs in craft entrepreneurship to create business leadership for craft communities.


In recent gtimes, he has also been the project director & expert faculty leading a state level initiative focused on traditional knowledge, performing arts, crafts & tourism as a new paradigm synergizing Development (VIKAS) and Heritage (VIRASAT) on behalf of Jaipur Virasat Foundation in collaboration with the British Council, UNDP & Rajasthan Government. The initiative was a part of a separate heritage management authority being set up to fund and support tangible & intangible assets of heritage as a long term development strategy rooted in integrating livelihoods and entrepreneurial opportunities across the state of Rajasthan.


He has been on a six months UNDP Fellowship to study and interact with various design and fashion institutes in Europe, UK and USA.


Prof. Bhatt has been a Judge on various national & international competitions and has presented papers as keynote speaker, design expert & design educationist in India & abroad.


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