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Committees

Nirma University and Department of Design strongly believes in the all-round development of students. In order to facilitate this, there are a number of student committees and clubs at the Institute. These activities are comprised of and managed by students. Faculty coordinators are assigned to each club and committee with an objective to channelize and explore the hidden potential among the students.

  • To constitute different committees for organizing different co-curricular, extra-curricular activities and professional development activities.
  • To plan and organize various activities through students’ participatory decision-making process.
  • To monitor the proper utilization of funds.
  • To organize beneficial events for the overall development of students.

Faculty Coordinator: Prof. Nabajit Deka

Sports activities are organized at both: University and Institute/Department level.
Students can also participate in events outside the campus with the consent of the student activity chairperson and Head of the Department/Institute.

Faculty Coordinator: Prof. Nabajit Deka

The Students Welfare Board aims to promote the social-psychological and cultural growth of the students through a host of activities round the year.

Amongst these, the Department of Design, Cultural activities bring out an interestingly creative side of the students and the participation and organisation of these are the best learning experience a student can have. ‘ReDo’, the annual cultural festival of the department, is a rainbow event with dance, theatre, drama, music and much more. Eminent key note speakers from the Design Industry are also invited to share their experiences, ideas and view on Design today. Planned as a ‘for the students, of the students, by the students’ event, the festival is the most awaited event of the year.

Additionally, the University level cultural festivals like Ras-Garba Mahotsav (RAMZAT) are star attractions planned during the year.

Faculty Coordinator: Prof. Amishi Vadgama

The principle of gender equality is enshrined by Nirma University. In accordance with this fact the University has established Women Development Cell (WDC). The University takes care that not only the women’s issues are treated positively and they can discover their potential to the fullest but also the women stake holders get a gender sensitized work ambience. Majorly cases issues related to any genre prevail due to ignorance of rights and laws, the University takes care that the University community is aware about the prevailing legal mandates and provisions in Indian Constitution.
In pursuance of the directions issued by the UGC and MHRD the WDC at Nirma University strives for following objectives:

  • To provide and maintain a dignified, congenial working environment for women employees (including teaching, non-teaching and contractual workers) and students, where they can work, study and explore their potential to the fullest.
  • Any employees including faculty, staff, contractual, temporary, casual and student of Nirma University can approach the Women Development Cell.

Roles And Functions

  • To sensitize all members of Nirma University community towards the Supreme Court and statutory mandate prohibiting gender discriminations and sexual harassment at the work place and encourage involvement through academic, cultural and outreach activities such as talks, seminars, workshops, community action, drama, street theatre, poster-making etc.
  • To provide for dialogue, discussion, and deliberation on women’s rights and gender-related issues. To encourage participation from NGOs and law enforcement agencies in this area.
  • To become a resource centre for women and provide a forum for exchange of ideas.
  • To review safety and security measures for female employees and girl students at Nirma University campus.

Faculty Coordinator: Prof. Amishi Vadgama

The Department of Design shares fully air conditioned Library with the Department of Architecture and Planning. The library houses a collection of journals, reports, textbooks and specialised magazines. The Library Resource Center offers services such as reading and reference facilities, circulation, computerized information research, research assistance, remote access, inter-library loan, library orientation programme, current awareness services and reprographic services. It has International as well as National journals. There are books on Industrial Design, Textile Design, UX UI Design, Ceramic Design, Printing, Branding, Architecture, Planning and more. The collection has rich and diverse resources for learning, training, research, and practical needs of the Department.

Faculty Coordinator: Prof. Tanaya Vyas

The Newsletter Committee releases monthly and quarterly newsletters which cover content in categories such as Education and Research, News at a Glance (Awards, MoUs etc.), Innovative Initiatives, Distinguished Editors, Events, ‘In Focus’ Article by a senior faculty, ‘Life Experience’ Article (A life changing experience, learning from the past, etc.), Educational visits, CQUAAD events, International Relations; Staff, Alumni and Students’ Corner. Every institute and department in Nirma University has Newsletter Coordinators who consolidate the content of the respective institute/ department and submit for approval of higher authorities and the Publication Officer of NU. 

Faculty Coordinator: Prof. Tanaya Vyas

Nirma University has a zero tolerance policy towards ragging. Ragging is strictly prohibited inside and outside the university campus. The University strictly follows the guidelines on ragging issued by the Honorable Supreme Court of India and University Grants Commission (UGC).

Definition of Ragging

As per the Supreme Court of India, “Ragging is any disorderly conduct whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness to any student, indulging in rowdy or undisciplined activities which cause or likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in a fresher or a junior student and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the psyche of a fresher or a junior student.” Further, the UGC has notified via the 3rd amendment in UGC Regulations on 29th June 2016 to expand the definition of ragging by including the following:

“Any act of physical or mental abuse (including bullying and exclusion) targeted at another student (fresher or otherwise) on the ground of colour, race, religion, caste, ethnicity, gender (including transgender), sexual orientation, appearance, nationality, regional origins, linguistic identity, place of birth, place of residence or economic background.”

Anti-Ragging Mechanism at the University

The University has the provision of anti-ragging mechanism, both at the university level and the institute level. The University has a Monitoring Cell, which is headed by Director General.

Department of Design

Department of Design has an Anti-Ragging Committee, which is headed by the HoD. At the Department level, there are two more committees: Anti-ragging Squad and Anti-Ragging Mentoring Cell.

The Anti-Ragging Committee, Anti-Ragging Squad and Anti-Ragging Mentoring Cell actively function to curb the menace of ragging at the Department of Design.

Faculty Coordinator: Prof. Kanupriya Taneja

Prevention/Prohibition of Drugs/Alcohol

Our campus is a non-smoking campus (School & Hostel). Possession and Consumption of alcoholic beverages / toxic materials and presence of students on the campus under the influence of alcohol/ toxic material/ addictive material is a serious offence. Any student found consuming or in possession of any objectionable material is a punishable offence and the major penalty leads to rustication from the hostel, school and the campus.
In pursuance of the law of the land against the use & possession of Narcotics-Drugs, Nirma University has taken various measures to prevent the use of drugs/alcohol by the students on campus. These measures are including:

  1. Formation of Anti-Drug Squad at the Institute Level as well as University level as is done in case of Ragging.
  2. Formation of Anti-Drug Squad of the students’ volunteers at Hostels and the Institute.
  3. Carrying out regular as well as surprise visits in Hostels and other places.
  4. Organizing various awareness programmes to educate the students about the ill effects of the use of drugs as well as the penalties for violation of the laws.
  5. Displaying of Anti-Drug posters at prominent places for awareness of the students.
  6. Organizing a session in Induction Programme against the use and possession of drugs/alcohol.
  7. Obtaining undertaking from the students against the use and possession of drugs/alcohol.

Anti-Drug Committee at Department of Design, Nirma University

Prof. Sangita Shroff Chairperson
Ms. Kanupriya Taneja Coordinator
Mr. Nabajit Deka Member
Mr. Asir Polara(Student) Representative
Mr. Juggal Gajjar(Student) Representative
Mr. Gopal Bhai Security Officer