Prof. Jatin Bhatt is a 1977 graduate of National Institute of Design with a specialization in Industrial Design. With experience in practice and academics, he has been primarily concerned with issues of academic and business processes pertaining to application of design and its larger potential in its nuances and meaning.
After over a decade of practice in consumer goods, packaging, machine tools, watches, handicrafts and exhibitions, he moved to active design academics and set up the Accessory Design Department at NIFT New Delhi which he chaired from 1991 to 2007. He pioneered unique curricula at NIFT integrating many micro & macro real world initiatives realized through involvement of students and faculty of the department. He has conceived and led varied initiatives in industry and craft clusters of Handicrafts, toys, jewellery, carpets, wool, footwear & leather goods, cane & bamboo and more in capacity building, entrepreneurship, technology development, market strategies, design & product development, artisans’ rehabilitation, training and resource linkages.
He has been an advisor and on expert committees for curriculum development and review for Indian Institute of Craft & Design Jaipur, CLRI Chennai, Pearl Academy of Fashion Delhi & Jaipur, IDC IIT Mumbai and Craft Development Institute Srinagar, Kashmir. He has been involved in capacities of visiting faculty, external examiner and on faculty & students selection committee at NID, NIFT, SPA, Pearl Academy, MIT Pune, IICD, IIDC IIT Delhi.
He is currently a professor and Dean of the School of Design at Ambedkar University Delhi since 2012. The School launched its first 2.5 year fulltime program, Masters in Social Design in 2013.