About Darlie Koshy

Dr. (Prof) Darlie Koshy is a visionary educationist, transformatory leader and persuasive administrator. He is well known for transforming several educational institutions like the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad leading the list where he served as Director for two terms of office from the turn of the century / new millennium for nearly a decade (2000-2009). During this period which is well captured in the publication “50 years of NID (1961-2011)”, he had set up NID’s first time ever dedicated Post Graduate & R&D Campuses in Gandhinagar and Bengaluru respectively. He pioneered IT linked Design Programmes with the introduction of a slew of Post Graduate Programmes including ‘Experiential Design’ programmes like Information Design, Retail Design apart from introducing for the first time in India, “Strategic Design Management”. He is the only Indian to have served the Executive Board of World Body of Design (ICSID) for 3 terms. Dr. Koshy is credited with the formulation of National Design Policy which was approved by Govt. Of India in Feb, 2007 and also the widely known campaign “Designed in India, Made for the World” which powered India into Design Leadership position among developing economies.

Over the last 5-6 years, Dr. Darlie Koshy has been heading as DG&CEO, ATDC & IAM under the aegis of AEPC while shaping a new skillscape of a ‘Skill Pyramid’ from ‘SMART’ at skill levels 1 to 4 and thereafter ATDC-AVI, for Skill Levels 5 to 7 and the higher levels at the Institute of Apparel Management playing a proactive role behind the success of ISDS of MOT, GOI by setting up on Pan-India basis 200 ATDC-SMART Centres for training over 1,25,000 candidates in just under 3 years emerging as the ‘largest skill provider’ for the Apparel Sector.

Dr. Darlie Koshy is a PhD from IIT Delhi and rankholder in MBA from CUSAT having been also trained in FIT, Newyork as a founding faculty member of NIFT. Dr. Koshy, Author of 3 major books including the “Indian Design Edge” published by Roli Books is also an internationally acclaimed Presenter and powerful Orator. Above all, Dr. Koshy is well respected as a teacher / guide by hundreds of students and faculty members whom he has taught and mentored in NIFT, NID, IAM etc. over the last quarter of a century. Dr. Koshy has been named twice (2006, 2008) as one of 50 Leaders shaping Indian Higher Education. Dr. Koshy has served as Chairman of Curricula Committees set up by AICTE under HRD Ministry of GOI and NCVT/ DGE&T under Ministry of Labour and Employment and currently serves as the Chairman of Mentor Council for Textile / Apparel Sectors constituted by the Ministry of Labour& Employment. Dr. Darlie Koshy also serves on the Advisory Board of Lakme Fashion Week and on the Boards of leading Corporates / Universities / Institutes.