Academic Deans

Prof. SM Kulkarni is a graduate of Sir J.J. School of Arts, Bombay, post graduate from College of Fine Arts, Baroda and a second post graduation from National Institute of Design, AHMEDABAD. Prior to joining WUD, he was the Dean of Sushant School of Design at Ansal University. He has also taught at NIFT, IICD, FDDI and Banasthali University, Rajasthan. Besides teaching, Prof. Kulkarni has over 30 years of consulting experience. Some of his prestigious assignments include the Golden Eye Exhibition at Copper Hewits Museum New York, as part of Festival of India; Apana Ustav (New Delhi); Timeless art Exhibition for Times of India Centenary Celebration; Muzaffar Ali for film Zooni etc. The repertoire of clients also includes Ritu Kumar, UNDP, SEWA, Findia Foundation, NCJD & Ministry of Textiles.

Devender is a Fashion Design graduate of NIFT and a post graduate of London College of Fashion, UK. His Graduate collection is part of the University of Arts archive and is being used by the university as a benchmark for its Masters Programme. Kharb has over 3 years of experience in academics and over 12 years work experience as a Buyer, merchandiser and designer of luxury fashion goods in Europe's design houses and high street suppliers in South Asia. He is also one of the founders and the creative head of 'The Infusion Store', an e-commerce platform for contemporary Asian fashion in Europe.

Gaurav Sharma School of Design Department Dean At WUD

Gaurav Sharma, an architect and furniture designer from NID, Ahmedabad by training, has a rich experience of over 16 years in the field of architecture, its environment and elements. He is passionate about using design as a tool for bringing change. As a designer, he has always pursued meaningful work – projects that would affect positive change for people and their communities. It motivates him to collaborate with others on projects that are both innovative and inspiring while placing true value on the sensitivities of each community and environment.

He has directed focus on propagating sustainable built-up environment using bamboo for construction of habitable units and he’s regarded as a first few practitioners and innovators of the field. He’s been associated with national and international organisations. During this course he has functioned for technology transfer, skill up-gradation, design intervention and setting up processes for the related industries.

Currently operating as an academician, he operates in empowering the learners to function as responsible designer for the future.

Anjan Chakravorty School of Communication Department Dean At WUD

Anjan is a graduate of the National Institute of Design (NID, Ahmedabad) in Visual Communication (with specialization in Graphic Design). He has over 25+ years professional experience having worked for design agencies, publication and newspapers groups and as independent consultant.

He has rich and diverse experience in areas such as Brand Identity Strategy and Promotion, Packaging, Exhibitions, NGO communication, Publications, Newspapers and Design Education.

Anjan has been associated with a number of Institutions as visiting/guest faculty, external guide and jury like the National Institute of Fashion Technology, School of Planning and Architecture, National Institute of Advertising, Pearl Academy, The Design Village and NID (Delhi Cell).

Sanmitra Chitte School of Management at WUD

Sanmitra has a multidisciplinary educational background with a Master’s in Strategic Design Management from NID, Ahmedabad; a bachelors degree in Commercial Arts and another in Broadcast Journalism. Sanmitra has extensive experience in Innovation Management, Design Management, Marketing & User Experience, Start-up guidance, Design Strategy, Business Development, Design Research, and User Experience Design. During her years in the design and innovation industry, she conducted numerous design thinking workshops for the Information Technology, Banking, Finance and Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing and Logistics domains.
A Global Design Ambassador with regards to User Experience Design, Sanmitra is a trained Z- MET (Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique) Interviewer and Analyzer.

Shaleen Sharma has been a practicing Architect for over 18 years and had been actively involved in academics on visiting basis with reputed institutions like University School of Architecture and Planning (USAP) Delhi and Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Juhu, Mumbai. Shaleen is also known for exploring the medium of film in the context of Architecture. He has made several documentaries for UGC on the subject of Architecture.

A talented danseuse, choreographer and educationalist, Dr. Vats holds a Visharad and Alankaar in Kathak from Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal and a PhD in Music from Jai Narayan Vyas University, Jodhpur. She has also cleared her Grade 8 Performance Arts from Trinity College London, with distinction. She is an alumni of and has also been a faculty at Kadamb, Ahmedabad.

As an Educationalist since 2006, she has worked with many prestigious institutions teaching, designing curriculum and training teachers. She has also conducted various dance and drama workshops for the British Council, New Delhi. Her last assignment was as the Principal of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra in New Delhi. She is a registered member of the International Dance Council, Paris.

Parul has performed on both national and international prosceniums and has been awarded the Yuva Puraskar by Rajasthan Sangeet Natak Academy in 2002, the Veer Durga Das Matri Shakti Award in 2017, and the Sur Sangam Excellence Award for Performing Arts in 2019.

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