FREE NID COACHING : SERIES 3
While running our Free NID Coaching Series, we realized that apart from sharing tips and advice on cracking NID Entrance, students were also interested in knowing what is happening inside NID, the projects, students works, awards and recognitions etc. So, with this post we start a new feature of providing latest news on NID. Do tell us how you find the new feature in the comments section.
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NEWS - NID Transportation & Automobile Design
Railway Design Centre set up in NID
In the year 2015, an MOU was signed between National Institute of Design and the Rail Ministry to set up Railway Design Centre ( RDC ) at Ahmedabad’s NID campus. The centre aims to revolutionize the task of designing passenger friendly coaches and stations for Indian Railways. As part of the above MOU Railways has seeked advice from NID on various issues and asked for suggestions.
NID designs cabins for Train Drivers
In 2015, a team from NID consisting of Balaji Rengarajan and two students Kshitish Purohit and Tarun Sharma submitted a report recommending improvements in pilot cabins of Wide Diesel Goods 4,000 bhp ( WDG4) cabs used by Indian Railways in the goods trains. The report aims to provide comfortable operating conditions for the pilot and make the engine cabin user friendly.
Less Area for luggage
Storage space in the upper and lower parts of the cabin
Co-pilots chair does not rotate 360 degrees
Changes in seating
Too hot inside the cabin
Slider Window for proper ventillation
Light too dim at night
Better Cab Lighting
Clumsily laid pipes
Central Panel for concealed wiring and lines
Steep stairs makes climbing up the engine difficult
Antislip Flooring , Changes in glass design for better visibility. Changes in outer colour of locomotives and graphics
NID students design logos / signages for four railway stations in Karnataka
NID conducted various workshops across its 3 campuses,that were part of 2016 Annual International Open Elective. The theme for one of the workshops was “Design for Railways.”
As part of the exercise, students travelled to various towns and cities, spoke to the local people about the history and culture of the place. After doing their research, students worked on projects like designing logo, merchandise and signage, branding of stations etc.
The name of the four stations for which design concepts were developed are:
NID develops new colour scheme for high - speed trains
Railways has recently announced high speed train Tejas, which is expected to set tone for future high -speed train travel in India. NID has developed a new pallete of colour scheme for the same. The new colour scheme is proposed to give new identity to the interior and exterior of coaches. The new coaches will be manufactured at the rail coach factory at Kapurthala.
NID students suggest ways to improve commuter experience in MEMU Trains
Mainline Electric Multiple Unit or “ Memu live lab” was held by NID faculties for 3rd year Industrial and Product Design students. Students took journeys on MEMU trains , made observations and suggested following ways to improve commuter experience:
- Redesigning of current Automatic Ticket Vending Machine ( ATVMs). Slots for notes, coins and smart cards to be added. The machines should be accessible in local language for easy use of the commuter.
- Important route information to be printed at the back of the ticket. It can also be used for providing basic map showing next station, transit system in that town or city etc.
- The whole interface to be colour – coded
- Toilets to be added between every two compartments.
- Bigger windows with aluminium mesh to be added.
- Handrails in trains become hot during summers. To avoid this, they can be covered with plastic or cloth.
- Development of a communication system similar to traffic signal on platform.
About the Author: Anu Handa is an Interior Designer, DIY Artist, Co-Founder and Educator at Mosaic Institute of Design. She has been the lead blogpost writer at www.mosaicdesigns.in since 2009. Her educational background in Interior Design, Urban Planning and the English Language has given her a broad base to cover a range of topics in her articles. Anu has spent 15+ years training Design & B.Arch Aspirants for entrance exams.
Passionate about Design Education, she’s briefly worked with Annamalai University as a paper setter for Design Exams. Likes to write about Design, Architecture and related fields, on online platforms like Quora. Aims at challenging the conventional & age old teaching methodology.
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