Ph.D. in Design

Ph.D. in Design

Karnavati University, one of the nation’s higher design and technology institutions, was founded to provide resources for advanced study, research, and training in various design and technological subjects. It is located on a large plot of land in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

The design school has excellent opportunities to interact with leading R&D centres and critical industrial facilities close by, making it possible to work together on research projects.

The Institute offers Ph.D. programs with strong research foundations and extensive infrastructure in various engineering, scientific, and humanities & social science subjects. The main objectives of the Ph.D. program are to train future scholars and help advance the frontiers of knowledge. The Institute supports multidisciplinary research through a shared supervision system and interdepartmental group projects. The Institute welcomes funded R&D initiatives from companies and other public and private sector organizations.

The Design Department is well-equipped with laboratories and workshop facilities. Many central facilities are available, including the Central Workshop, Central Library and its own craft centre, all of which contain back issues of periodicals, standard specifications, and other design tools and technologies. It welcomes numerous design experts to guide the journey of innovation and creativity.

• New Product Design
• Design for Innovation
• Automobile Design
• Interior Design
• Visual Communication
• Fashion and Textile Design

The Design institute also welcomes scholars who wish to peruse collaborative inter disciplinary research of design and other departments like management, technology, humanities and social sciences

Eligibility Required:

Master’s degree in relevant areas to Design with minimum CGPA of 6 on the scale of 10.
Written exams and interviews will be used as the final selection methods for all Ph.D. programs at UID, Karnavati University, depending on what each department, centre, school, and interdisciplinary group requires.

Research Supervisors and their Areas of Interest

PhD Supervisors Names Their Areas of Interest
Dr. Bhavesh Shah
  • Theories of proportions
  • Energy efficient building design
Dr. Brajesh Dhiman
  • Interdisciplinary Design Research
  • AI-Enabled Design
  • Design for Energy
  • Socially Constructed Design
  • Design Ethnographic Methods
  • Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations: Indian Pretext
Dr. Rikimi Madhukaillya
  • Pedagogy
  • Indian Craft and minor arts
  • Architecture
  • Social Design
Dr. Arunachalam M
  • Product Design
  • Ergonomics, User experience and Usability in Design
  • Prototyping (Virtual/ Physical) – Engineering Design
Dr. Vibha Kalaiya
  • Traditional Indian crafts
  • Value addition
  • Product diversification
  • Traditional textiles & costumes
  • Dyeing, printing and embroidery
Dr. Sharmila Sinha
  • Creativity and creative process
  • Branding,
  • Identity and visual language
  • Design pedagogy
Dr. Arunita Paul
  • Design and Ergonomics for healthcare, differently abled population
  • Design and Ergonomics in crisis management
  • Design research, methodological framework development, predictive modeling etc
  • Design anthropology


Research facilities (List of labs @ UID)

  1. Makers Arena ( 3D Printing, AR/VR and Laser Cutting Facility)
  2. Photography Studio
  3. Digital & Computer Lab
  4. Printing & Dyeing Lab
  5. Sewing Lab
  6. Pattern Making lab
  7. Knitting Lab
  8. Audio & Video Editing Center
  9. Mechanical workshop
  10. Felder Lab (wood crafting workshop)
  11. Traditional Wood workshop
  12. Metal workshop
  13. Jewellery Workshop (Ground Floor)
  14. Ceramic Workshop
  15. Digital innovation future labs
  16. Craft workshop

Ph.D. in Design

Dr. Brajesh Dhiman

Associate Director & Professor

Ph.D Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, M.Design Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

Dr. Sharmila Sinha

Additional HOD - Visual Communication

PhD - IDC,School of Design, IIT Bombay BFA(Applied Arts), Faculty of Fine Arts, MS University, Baroda

Dr. Bhavesh Shah


Ph.D. in Architecture, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee; M. Architecture, University of California,Los Angeles; M. Design, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; Diploma in Interior Designing, Academy of Architecture, Bombay

Dr. Rikimi Madhukaillya

Associate Professor

Ph.D. in Fine Arts, Kurukshetra University; M.A., Arts & Aesthetics (Visual Arts), JNU, Delhi; B.F.A. History of Arts, Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan

Dr. Arunachalam Muthiah

Associate Professor

PhD (Design)- IIT Guwahati; M.E (Product Design and Commerce) - Anna University, Chennai; B.E (Automobile engineering) - Anna University, Chennai

Dr. Arunita Paul

Assistant Professor

Ph.D in Design IIT Guwahati, M.Sc. in Human Physiology University of Calcutta , B.Sc. in Physiology Honours University of Calcutta

Dr. Vibha Kalaiya

Assistant Professor

Ph D (Clothing & Textiles),The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodra M.F.C.Sc (Clothing & Textiles), MSU, Baroda: B.F.C.Sc (Clothing & Textiles) MSU, Baroda


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