About Us

About INSD Kothrud, Pune:

A pioneer in evolving design education in our country, INSD focuses on bridging the gap between Academics and the Industry. The ideology behind our education system is to contribute significantly to the development of the Indian Design Industry by tapping on hidden talent, passion, dedication, innovation and tremendous potential that today’s youth showcases. At INSD, Kothrud we strongly believe in providing quality education by setting high academic standards and providing hands-on learning experience to its students. The wide variety of entrepreneurial programs offered to students makes sure the current needs of the industry are met. We encourage start-ups and guide individuals to a successful business during their course of study at International School of Design. INSD has had a rewarding journey so far. The brand has collaborated with The India Runway Week as their educational partner in September 2015 which sets new milestones for budding designers and helps them emerge as technically competent professionals in this era. The best way to predict the future is to create it! Take your first step towards achieving your dreams. Your future belongs here. Slowly as things have started to fall back in place, our teachers have taken a new road towards making the student’s education the top most priority. Our dedicated staff taking online sessions from the institute @insd.pune @insd.deccan. We are extremely happy and proud of all the mentors, who have never stopped working during this pandemic and who have definitely dedicated themselves to this beautiful journey of teaching. “Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”

University Life

International School of Design PUNE Deccan & Kothrud branches will leave a mark on the student’s life in many ways not just via design knowledge that’s been passed on but also through experiences the students gain from fashion shows, photo shoots, variety of webinars, workshops, industrial visits and other exposures like interactions with guest speakers. Pune known as Oxford of East, Students here meet people who inspire them and visit places both Historic and Modernized that feed the creative imagination of Design aspirants. Pune has long been a major educational and cultural center.

Pune Deccan Campus

Our Pune-Deccan campus is a vibrant and creative hub in the heart of Pune City. Our campus area is nestled amongst an exciting cluster of ancient ruins from the Mughal era, cafes and old monuments, independent and high street stores to bargain shops as well. Called “Queen of the Deccan,” Pune is the cultural capital of the Maratha. As well as being a city with an intoxicating blend of heritage, history and exciting contemporary atmosphere, Pune is also a Fashion and IT hub with several manufacturers and famous designers residing in the city. Guest faculties from various parts of the Globe, regularly visit INSD PUNE center for workshops and interactions. The Deccan campus also provides several international study tours which gives exposure to the students in various fields of Design, meet students from all over the world, learn from each other and share experiences. This gives the student the ability to think outside the box which opens up new avenues for their career and carve a path suitable for their own interest. Fashion Shows & Events as a part of the curriculum is to organize and partner with industry events and shows. From Fashion Weeks in India to London, Design Exhibition and Design solutions in the advertising and entertainment industry, INSDians have a platform to display their work in front of a wider audience and gain key insights from the industry experts. Pune times fashion week is one of the most renowned media platforms where students get to showcase not only with the fashion industry, but they learn to organize events and display their vibrant creative graphics which opens doors for our graphic and set design teams as well.


International School of Design is one of the evolving institutes of today that focuses majorly on the relationship of students and the working design industry. INSD is not only an institute that works towards creating brighter, sharper minds and polishing existing skills that students show in their everyday lectures but also concentrates on the ever so developing trends, industry requirements and how the students can act as those missing jigsaw puzzle pieces and make the design world a far more creative and a space to invent new technology, ideas in terms of design.

The brand has collaborated with The India Runway Week as their educational partner in September 2015 which sets new milestones for budding designers and helps them emerge as technically competent professionals.

The major problems in today’s generation comes from giving too much weightage to either practical learning or to theoretical knowledge and failing to find the right balance. Today we are looking at creating minds who not only have a strong base for learning but are creating design projects by using both skills of theory and practical design making to shine bright and stand out in their work.

Providing quality education by setting high academic standards and providing hands-on learning experience to its students is one major factor of INSD that helps students find their niche and work towards their goal with the help of their mentors. All the mentors for several programmes that INSD offers come with a very strong design background, good education and working experience.

Furthermore, it is important for students to learn how to think critically about their work and be able to analyze it from different perspectives.The goal of education should not just be about passing tests or getting good grades; instead it should be about learning how to think creatively and critically so that students can become successful adults in their chosen careers.

Director’s View

From Director’s Desk

Varsha Chandwani

With a decade of experience in the design education industry and mentored over 5500+ students along with leading academics and administration wings at reputed design schools here’s what Varsha has to say:

Today in the competitive world, meeting the Design industry requirements is the need of the hour! A good educational institution strives continuously for sustenance and enhancement of good quality education. Every institution provides education but at the same time focusing on industry requirements is key to good quality design education, we at INSD have created specialized learning modules which help students to thrive in the practical world of design.

In the world of globalisation, the needs and trends of the industry are always rolling to a new level. Focusing on a student-centric learning environment, organizing specialised workshops and interaction with the industry experts the institute aims to bring the best out of each student.

After their course completion students are ready to take on new challenges and thrive in the field of design that they have chosen. A keen emphasis is given to individual student counselling, that guides them to take the right steps towards achieving their goals. We are in the process of being among one of the top-notch design Institutes and promise to put in continuous efforts to provide excellence in education, personal and professional growth.

Let me assure you INSD will provide the best combination of skills and knowledge in the chosen career path and evolve technically strong and competent designers.

From Executive Director’s Desk

Manisha Chandwani

I have always had a vision of providing good quality design education that fulfills the needs of the ever-changing dynamic design industry. Preparing students to be eligible for more opportunities even as freshers.

Learning from the best industry experts, developing skills, cultivating, and polishing talent among budding designers in order to help them express themselves in their chosen field of interest. Every admission seeker considers two major aspects -Faculty and Placement opportunities which is the strength of our institution.

The faculties of our institute articulate a sense of expertise & professionalism which helps students to reach their full potential. INSD builds critically engaging teaching practices and tests its relevance through a wide range of projects and contexts.

Students enhance their talent by working with the faculty on various real-life projects to gain valuable knowledge, experience, and awareness of design applications and industry dynamics.

Placement opportunities are provided by liaisons with high-class Training & Placement Partners. Helping students to explore the learning imparted in the classroom.

I extend best wishes to all my students for exciting, rewarding and challenging years in the institute and a bright future thereafter.

Vision And Mission


  • To create design professionals with an excellent skill set fulfilling the requirements of the design industry
  • Updating design education by recognizing the changes in economic and business patterns nationally and globally
  • All-round development of the students
  • Providing exposure to emerging trends and technology


  • Becoming a repository of design knowledge, experience and information on products, systems, materials, design and production processes related to traditional as well as modern technologies.
  • To place designers in major categories which benchmark the standards of design education and practice, and encourage them to think ‘global and act local’ supporting the local craftsmanship and sources of India.
  • To make quality and value-based learning in the design industry of utmost importance

Learn From Industry Experts

” The capacity to learn is a gift, the ability to learn is a skill,the willingness to learn is a choice. “ – Brian Herbert

We at INSD offer a wide variety of opportunities to learn first-hand from the pioneers of the industry, the path-breakers, and the game-changers in the field of Design and Innovation. We work very hard to get the most well-renowned names as advisors, guides and guest lecturers for our student workshops and interactive sessions.

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