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M. S. Farooqi

Associate Professor

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Education & Research

Mohammad Sharique Farooqi is a 1991 graduate with specialization in Product Design, from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Later, he also undertook advance courses from the Domus Academy, Milan in Design Direction as well as from the Cordwainer’s College, London in Leather Goods Construction.

Farooqi served as the Director, Craft Development Institute, Srinagar (an autonomous body set-up by the Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir) from 2004 to 2013 and lead a several pro-active initiatives on design innovation and training of artisans connected with various regional crafts, introduction of a unique Masters course in ‘Craft Management & Entrepreneurship’ and registration of six traditional crafts of Kashmir, under the Geographical Indications Act and setting up a Testing & Certification Laboratory for genuine handmade Pashmina.

His areas of special interest and expertise are Design Education and Institution Building, Design Management and Capacity Development for the unorganised sector especially related to skill based economic activities.

Past Employment

Director, Craft Development Institute, Srinagar

Assistant Professor
Accessory Design Dept., National Institute of Technology (NIFT)

Worked as a Freelance Designer


  • Research and Design for the Gold Trend Book, India, 1997-98, World Gold Council
  • Curriculum Development for Masters in Craft Management & Entrepreneurship (MCME), published as part of the Statutes of the University of Kashmir with regards to the recognition of the MCME programme.

Professionl Activities/Awards

My Zone

Awards and Recognitions

  • State Award for Contribution to Arts and Crafts of Jammu & Kashmir (2009)
  • Member Steering Committee for Handlooms & Handicrafts for envisioning the 12th Five year Plan, Planning Commission, Govt. of India.

Professional Projects

  • Design of Domestic Iron for Crompton Greaves (1998)
  • Design of a Bathroom Geyser for Crompton Greaves (1998)
  • Design of Accessories for Hero Puch Moped, Hero Mototrs (1995)
  • Design & Development of Handmade paper products, Delhi Crafts Council (1994)
  • Design & Development in Bhabar Grass, VIKALP, Sharanpur, U.P. (1993)
  • Documentation of Indian Traditional Shoes, NID, Ahmedabad (1992)
  • Innovating design appreciation Workshop for BHEL Engineers, NID, Ahmedabad (1992)
  • Design & Development of a Semiautomatic Washing Machine, Sanskrut Comfort Systems, Ahmedabad (1991)
  • Design of exhibition and display systems for The Patan Darbar Conservation Project, Kathmandu, Nepal (1991)

Consultancy Projects

  • Rehabilitation of Craft Communities, Kutch, Gujrat-2001
  • Cane & Bamboo Product Development in north-east, UNDP/ DC-(Handicrafts) (2000)
  • Design & Development of Wool Based Accessories, RUDA, Rajasthan (1998)