About Us


The School of Interdisciplinary Design and Innovation (SIDI) has been created in November 2020 to give thrust to the design-centric education mandate of IIITDM Kancheepuram. SIDI draws its motivation from two major developments that have impacted the education sector in the year 2020 - the pandemic that exposed the fault-lines in the prevalent teaching/faculty-centric model of education, and the National Education Policy 2020 that has created possibilities for developing new learning/student-centric networks of education and innovation.

To create a learning environment that nurtures curiosity and collaboration among faculty, students, industry partners

To promote inter-disciplinary research in design and innovation & develop frameworks that are relevant to the industry
What We Offer For You

Programs Offered

Basics in Product Design

A basic module of six courses (18 credits) in product design and entrepreneurship spread over the first six semesters to cultivate curiosity and creative confidence amongst all the undergraduate engineering students joining IIITDM

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Minor in Product Design

An additional set of six elective courses between 6-8 semesters, full-semester internship with industry partners in the 7th semester and an interdisciplinary project in the 8th semester (total 38 credits) to enhance the product design competence of select engineers who opt for minor in product design

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Integrated Product Design

A dual-degree in M.Des or a full-fledged 2 year M.Des program in integrated product design (90 credits) for external candidates

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Our values

Design Advisory Council

SIDI programs are periodically reviewed and guided by a Design Advisory Council comprising eminent and leading design experts from the academia and industry.

Prof. S Balaram

SASI Creative Institute of Design, Formerly with NID

Smt Revathi Kant

Chief Design Officer, Titan

Shri Sathiya Seelan

Styling/Design, Ashok Leyland

Shri S Sivakumar

Head of Industrial Design, Royal Enfield

Shri Narendra Ghate

Chief Designer, Tata Elxsi