In a robust move to raise the bar of academic excellence, UPES has appointed former design and innovation chief at Tata Interactive Systems, Manisha Mohan as the Director at School of Design (SoD). The varsity also appointed Vikas Satwalekar as a distinguished professor at SoD. These appointments are a step ahead in the university’s commitment to impart industry oriented education to students by the stalwarts of an industry.
Commenting on Manisha Mohan’s appointment, Dr Deependra Kumar Jha, Vice Chancellor, UPES said, “Manisha’s vast experience and exhaustive knowledge base makes her an ideal choice for our School of Design. She will be instrumental in leading the school towards delivering contemporary and cross-functional design education. At UPES, we are committed to developing students into industry-ready professionals, which is only possible through multiple, result-oriented industry-academia interfaces. Roping in an industry veteran as the School of Design head is a significant step in that direction.”
Manisha is a seasoned design professional and brings with her more than two decades of rich experience in e-learning, design and animation. Talking about her new role, Manisha Mohan, Director, School of Design, UPES reaffirmed, “These are exciting times for design professionals as organizations have begun to realize that design can make or break a business proposition. Joining UPES School of Design seemed the perfect next natural move in my career as this role will allow me to contribute through my expertise and industry linkages towards developing the next generation of talent.”
Prof. Satwalekar has nurtured and mentored design education over the years as the former Executive Director of National Institute of Design and Head of its Visual Communication program. Vikas Satwalekar is the Partner at Satwalekar Design Studio and was a jury member at India’s Best Design Awards 2017. As a graphic designer, he has created corporate identity programs for Mother Dairy, National Dairy Development Board, four regional identities for Channel Tara, Broadcast Worldwide Pvt Ltd, Doordarshan Channel identities (DD news, Metro, National Sports, Regional Doordarshan Channels, Prasar Bharati) etc.