23 May 2022, India: During the meeting with the officials of the World Design Council (WDC), World Design Organisation (WDO), and UK Design Council in London, Dr. Ashwath Narayan C. N. confirmed the state’s interest to formulate and implement the design policy for Karnataka. The policy will attribute inputs from the national design policy and seek inputs from WDC to come up with a framework and structure.
Mrs. Paula Graham Gazzard, Chair of Council at World Design Council (WDC), Prof. Pradyumna Vyas, Member of Board of Directors, World Design Organisation (WDO), and Mrs. Anne Boddington, Trustee, UK Design Council met the minister and discussed various design initiatives the state of Karnataka can implement and lead. Design policy for Karnataka was the suggestion that emerged over the discussion.
The delegation extended the industry connect and the required support for the proposed Bengaluru Design District and the state’s ambition to make Bengaluru the creative hub of the world. Minister invited the officials to the state for further discussions and proceedings.
The WDC has extended its support to implementing state design policy and also integrating the “Design Thinking” as a part of the school and college curriculum in Karnataka. “The design awareness has to be done to create the demand for design in the society, the proposed Design Festival and Design District will create the momentum in the creative sector. The pilot project for the design thinking in school project can be done in selected government schools and based on the impact can scale up the project across the state. The IT department will take the lead to formulate and implement the design policy for the state.” Says Dr. Ashwath Narayan C. N., Minister for IT, BT, Higher Education and Living.
“The proposed design policy, design District, and design education will put Karnataka in the global design circle. It will help drive investments and jobs creation in the state’s creative sector.” Says Paula Graham Gazzard, Chair of Council, World Design Council.