The institute's Director V Ramgopal Rao said reporters, "Design is very important in using the final product. If I am making a tool, let's say a bomb detection device, I must keep in mind where the mechanism will be hidden, where the buttons would be, how would one hold it."
Consent was also given by the board for a School of Interdisciplinary Research in the same meeting. Under this, students will be enrolled in PhD programmes to work on research ideas proposed by faculty members from different streams. The announcements were made 2 days ahead of the institute's convocation which will be held on Saturday and will be addressed by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Ramgopal Rao emphasised that the designs would not be an abstract exercise but be instrumental in making the end product un-clumsy.
The Department of Design, which will offer Bachelors, Masters and PhDs, is scheduled to start its operation in 2018-2019, along with the School of Interdisciplinary Research (SIRe).
Rao told the institute was also helping Joint Entrance Exam aspirants through tutorial videos uploaded on the Swayam Prabha channels of the central government, under the newly-launched Professor-Assisted Learning (PAL) programme.
"Many aspirants, especially girls, are not allowed to go to Kota (Rajasthan) or such places for coaching by their parents. So, we have initiated this programme so that aspirants do not have to go to expensive classes at remote places," he told. The response to the tutorial videos had been very good, Rao told, adding that they would soon be roping in IIT students as well to include a question-answer element in the videos, as desired by many beneficiaries.