The Department of Design (DoD), Indian Institute of Design (IIT), Guwahati

The Department of Design(DoD), one of the thirteen departments at IIT Guwahati, was set up with a vision to enkindle some of the brightest technical minds of the country a passion for innovation in technology driven by a firm understanding, appreciation and celebration of design.

The department offers a B.Des. degree (the only undergraduate level degree of its kind in an Indian Institute of Technology). The focus of the program is on the study, invention, and creative use of technologies to create effective, usable, enjoyable experiences with technology through interdisciplinary research in engineering, design, behavioral and social sciences, and to understand the impact of technology on individuals, groups, and organizations. The department envisions to produce successful graduates who will be capable of leading the changing scenarios of today and tomorrow through thought, innovation and values.

Total Seats- 45

Bachelors in Design (B. Des) Procedure

Candidates applying for the undergraduate (B.Des) course in Design should fulfill following criteria:

  1. Candidate should have a valid score for the Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED) conducted by IITs. You may find

more information about UCEED here. You can find the admission brochure from here to learn about seat allocation process and other details.

  1. Candidate have passed the qualifying examination (Class XII or equivalent) with physics, chemistry and mathematics as subjects.

Admission procedure

Admission Process- Through UCEED click here to apply

Candidates need to apply against admission announcement that are advertised every six months in national newspapers and on the IITG web site. Interested applicants can contact Faculty members at DoD-IITG for an informal exchange for the purposes of exploring potential topics to suit their interests, anytime of the year.

The admission processes will consists of a seminar /presentation of a topic of the candidate’s choice but related to Design. The seminar could also be in the form of a proposal for intended research consisting of problem statement, hypothesis, possible methodology and bibliography. Candidates are also encouraged to present portfolios/projects/work experience that may have a bearing on their research interest. This presentation will be followed by a formal interview/test covering fundamental and advanced topics in Design related issues.

Admitted scholars have to complete a prescribed course of study (4 to 6 Courses) in the first year followed by a comprehensive examination for registration. Candidates will have to submit a thesis that not only demonstrates designing ability but also should clearly break new grounds in the disciplinary knowledge base of Design, based on investigative and experimental work. The duration of the PhD program can range between 3 to 5 years.

For a detailed set of eligibility criteria, rules and regulations of Ph.D programs please refer to IITG web site at