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Design thinking is a powerful approach to new product development that begins with understanding unmet customer needs. It’s a human-centered design process that approaches problem-solving with understanding the user needs. Design thinking encompasses concept development, applied creativity, prototyping, and experimentation. When design thinking approaches are applied to business, the success rate for innovation has been seen to improve substantially.

There has always been a high demand for change, as per the situation and need, in a favourable or unfavourable context. The context of a changing environment results in human physiological changes which are necessary for life, and change is life. Change symbolises growth. However, there are limits to human adaptability and therefore limits to the rate of change with which a person can cope in any given situation. Designers & thinkers are therefore responsible and play a wider role of providing the relevant desired change to stimulate without overloading the human system and application to a higher extent as a tangible outcome. To explain in a nutshell, the following points will explain in the best possible way its role and purpose

Imbibe the powerful design thinking tools and techniques

Solve complex challenges using proven design-thinking frameworks

Combine design-thinking processes with analytical tools

Improve collaboration across functions





  • To enable a platform for collaboration, cooperation and operations for Binghamton University and Vishwakarma University (and Institutes) students and faculty
  • To create and teach a design thinking and problem solving framework
  • To develop multidisciplinary approach to system, product and service design
  • To synergize the expertise of center-of-excellence in Vishwakarma University for project building.
  • To develop cross-cultural design thinking ability
  • To build human centricity and empathy in design solutions
  • To promote ability to innovate
  • To develop the creative confidence in our students
  • To foster a culture for the experimentation and prototyping of design solutions
  • To co-create impactful solutions to societal problems


  • To enable platform for collaboration, cooper
  • ation and operation for Binghamton University and Vishwakarma University (and Institutes) student and faculty
  • To create a design thinking and problem solving framework.
  • To develop a multidisciplinary approach to system design.
  • To synergize expertise of center-of-excellences in VU for project building.
  • To develop cross-cultural design thinking ability.
  • To build empathy in design solutions.
  • To promote the ability to innovate
  • To create impactful solutions to societal problems.




  Philosophy of the Centre

  • Concept of centre of excellence (COE) is a team of skilled knowledge provider whose mission is to channelize the organization they work for with best practices around a particular area of interest related and in the development towards the benefit of society/industry through professional projects with a specific purpose.
  • Centre of excellence is also committed to fill the gaps through a rigorous research work with a defined process by collaborating with projects related to industry, NGOs/ and government organizations.


  Principle for Design Thinking and Innovation

  • Human Centric (Empathy)
  • Collaboration
  • Visualization
  • Experimentation
  • Re-design


  5 Pillar of the Centre

  • Capacity Building: Student & Faculty
  • Projects: Student, Research & Joint
  • Funding Projects – Grants & Awards
  • Book Contributions: IPR, Books, Blogs, Publications, & Articles
  • Societal Impact: Industry Projects, Internships & Training

  SWOT Analysis

What internal Strengths can we leverage?

  • Multidisciplinary programs and faculty at VU experts in IPR
  • Strong Industry connections and collaborations
  • Strong Arts & Departments programs and faculty
  • Prototyping labs on campus for new innovations
  • Motivated team that is inspired by DT&I
  • Developed a unique & effective Design Thinking & Innovation process (flexible, portable & scalable) - applicable across all domains
  • Marketing & Branding capabilities (trademarks, promotional materials, etc.)

What internal Weakness can we overcome?

  • Limited access to funding agencies
  • Growing graduate programs and research project opportunities

What external Threats should we guard against?

  • Other institutions trying to providing similar programs and offerings
  • COVID-19 variants extending the pandemic and lockdown restrictions

What external Opportunities can we take advantage of?

  • Crisis and societal changes (new normal) post-COVID “new normal”
  • Growing need for safe & secure food supply chain
  • Block chain technology ensures authenticity of products
  • Growing interest in the Design Thinking approach to innovation and problem solving
  • National innovation and Startup policy
  • New Education Policy (NEP) - student can earn credit (transferable to any institution) e.g. 2+2 program with VU and BU

Our Team

Dr. Pashmina Doshi

Prof. Michael Testani
Dr. Pashmina Doshi

Prof. (Dr.) Kailas Patil
Dr. Pashmina Doshi

Prof. Prashant S. Acharya
Dr. Pashmina Doshi

Prof. Apurva Thosar

Trainings / Courses offered

Design Thinking Workshops and Events

Design Thinking Workshops and Events were conducted at the VU campus under the guidance of Prof. Michael Testani, Prof. Prashant Acharya and VU faculty members, training over 300 students

Workshop No. I
17/09/2019-18/09/2019 (2 Days)
Workshop No. II
3/12/2019-4/12/2019 (2 Days)
Workshop No. III
30/01/2020-31/01/2020 (2 Days)
Workshop No. IV
25/02/2020-26/02/2020 (2 Days)

Design Thinking and Innovation certification program

Programme Type - Certification Programme
Course Code - DT2021-101
Communicably - Summer 2021
Total Mark- 100
Credits - 2


Uniform Design World Wisdom School –Pune

Client Requirement

VU Team Members

Sr No Faculty Members
1. Prof. (Dr) Kailas Patil (Director, Design Thinking and Innovation Center)
2. Prof. Mrs. Apurva Thosar (DyDirector, Design Thinking and Innovation Center)
3. Prof. Prashant Acharya (DyDirector, Design Thinking and Innovation Center)
4. Prof. Mrs. Nalini Naik Nimbalkar (Dean, Arts and Design)
5. Prof. Mrs. Reena Pande (HoD, Fashion Design)
6. Prof. Ms. Nisha Khandekar (Faculty, Fashion Design)
7. Prof. Mrs. Vaishali Wagh (Faculty, Fashion Design)
Sr No Students Members
1. Madhuja Ashtaputre
2. Bhargavi Divate
3. Nitisha Kothari
4. Prapti Fulfagar
5. Maahi Deshmukh
6. Saumya Parikh
7. Divyal Lahoti
8. Shrushti Shingvi
9. Divya Lunawat
10. Riya Firodiya

Smart Bench Design World Wisdom School –Pune

Client Requirement

VU Team Members

Sr No Faculty Members
1. Prof. (Dr) Kailas Patil (Director, Design Thinking and Innovation Center)
2. Prof. Mrs. Apurva Thosar (DyDirector, Design Thinking and Innovation Center)
3. Prof. Prashant Acharya (DyDirector, Design Thinking and Innovation Center)
4. Prof. Swathish Thiyagu
5. Prof. Akash Alegaonka
Sr No Students Members
1. Om Bankar

Activity Table

Sr. No. Activities
1. Multi-disciplinary course in Design Thinking
  • Multi-disciplinary course (2-credit hours)
  • Designed for 2nd and 3rd year students (71 registered students)
  • Co-teaching in Live Virtual Classroom – Acharya, Patil, Apurva Thosar, and Testani
  • Online Instruction and strong activity-based learning (14 project teams)
Timing is for Year 1 (2021)
2. Induction Program-For S&T New admitted students on18/08/2021
3. Induction Program For A&D (B.DES Foundation) New admitted students on 6/09/2021,13/09/2021(2days)
4. Induction Program - For A&D (Department of Interior Spaces, Animation, Fashion) New admitted students on17/09/2021
5. 5. Design Thinking and Innovation organizing FDP for Viswakrama University Faculties. Date- 6/08/2021
6. Viswakarma Vidyalaya
Critical Thinking
For class 8,9,10th students 15,16,17 APRIL 2021
Time -5.30pm-6.30pm - Time Duration – 60Mins
7. Higher order Thinking skills and Intergation of higher order thinking skills For class 9,10TH stu- dents Wisdom school
8. Design Thinking -Industrial interaction workshop with MIG 29/10/2020
9. Using Design Thinking to reimaging a better future
Date -16/02/2022 Time- 6pm-7pm
Speaker – Prof. Micael Testani
10. Global Ev Market data and Exploration
Date -16/03/2022 Time- 6pm-7pm
Speaker- Dr. Yong Wang
11. Design Thinking
An Innovation approach that draws from designers toolkits to integrate the needs of people.
Date- 25/03/2022 Time -10.30am – 5.30am Venue- Vishwakarma University Auditorium
Speaker –Prof. Micael Testani , Prof. Kailas Patil,
Prof. Apurva Thosar, Prof.Prashant Acharya
12. Design Thinking Innovation workshop For World Wisdom School
Date- 13/01/2022 Time – 8am-9am
Speaker - Prof. Micael Testani

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Prof. (Dr.) Kailas Patil



Prof. Prashant S. Acharya

Dy. Director


Prof. Apurva Thosar

Dy. Director


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