Kerala State Institute of Design
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Kerala State Institute of Design, Kollam
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TypePublic educational institution
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CampusSuburban 31,000 sq.ft

Kerala State Institute of Design (KSID)[1] , a design institute under Department of labour and Skills, Government of Kerala, is located at Chandanathope, about 8 Kilometers from Kollam city. It was established in 2008 with the support of NID Ahmedabad and is one of the first state-owned design institutes in India. The faculty development programme and curriculum development for the design programmes of KSID are provided by NID Ahmedabad.[2][3] KSID currently conducts Post Graduate Diploma Programs in Design developed in association with National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.[4]

The Kerala State Institute of Design (KSID) was established for the purpose of creating a vibrant design community in Kerala through synergistic partnership between artisan community, professional designers and general public. The institute was later merged with Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE) on 1 April 2014. KASE is the apex agency for all skill development activities in the state of Kerala. One of the most important objectives of KSID is to promote design education. To realise this objective, KSID is offering Post Graduate Diploma programs in Design which were developed in consideration of Design Programmes at National Institutes of Design (NID) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT).[5]


The Institute is situated at Chandanathope in the outskirts of the city of Kollam, wherein the latest technology meets creativity within the natural habitat of the picturesque KSID Campus. Chandanathope is located near NH 744 (Kollam-Madurai Highway) and the nearest Railway station is Chandanattop (CTPE), situated at Kollam-Sengottai branch line. KSID is about 9 km from the Kollam Junction Railway Station(QLN) and Kollam KSRTC Bus Station. The nearest airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (TRV), which is about 68 km from the institute.

Institutional objectives

Amphitheatre inside the campus

Education: To provide design education and develop professionals excelling in confluence of Design, Technology and Management Skills, who will cater to Public & Private sectors, NGOs as well as small and large scale enterprises functioning throughout the Nation.

Training: To provide outreach programs and Design training in various crafts clusters, MSMEs and other industries as well as to promote local crafts and heritage of the state.

Services: To provide design consultancy services to various Government and Private Institutions and add value to their efforts. Research: To conduct research in various domains of Design and Allied fields.

Documentation & Publication: To periodically document and publish results, in order to generate a Knowledge Repository for Design.

Collaboration: To collaborate with Government, Indigenous Industry and to promote Design exchange programmes at national and international level with other Educational Institutes.

Awareness: To promote Design sensitivity in the community and impart values of Good Design in all sectors of the society, by organizing and participating in seminars, fairs & workshops and also, to reach out to students of various schools and colleges to create Design Awareness.

KSID Campus in Kollam

Academic programmes

KSID offers Post Graduate Diploma Programs in three domains;

  • Integrated Lifestyle Product Design
  • Integrated Textile and Apparel Design
  • IT Integrated Communication Design.

Each course spans over five semesters with their pedagogy focusing on hands-on application of design thinking to everyday problems.

Design Intervention Centre

KSID front view

The Design Intervention Centre is the arm of KSID which offers advisory and support services in Design, as well as conducts research in the field of design. There are many traditional crafts and industries in Kerala, which are facing dire issues of survival due to lack of access to better product designs. Inability to constantly innovate hinders these industries from competing with other companies. The Design Intervention Centre tries to bridge this gap by offering following services to Industry:

1. Design Awareness Seminars 2. Skill Development Workshops in Design 3. Consultancy in Product Design & Development and Marketing Assistance

These interactions with the industry helps the students to better grasp the design basics by working on live, real-time projects. This exposure helps the students to be professional in their approach and also provide them with more employment opportunities.


  • Nov 2018 - Kerala State Institute of Design is planning to collaborate with plans to collaborate with National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad to improve the curriculum and educational prospects. Government of Kerala will sanction 9 crores in the next budget for the developments of the institute.[6]


  1. ^ "KSID". Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Top-notch design in Kerala's serenity". Retrieved 2016 – via TNIE.
  3. ^ "Institute of design inaugurated".
  4. ^ "Admission Process Starts at KSID for New Diploma Courses".
  5. ^ "A special space for creative people". The Hindu. 26 June 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Admission Process Starts at KSID for New Diploma Courses".

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