Dr. Ashis Jalote Parmar is an Indian design educator. For over a decade Ashis has worked in the area of healthcare & IT product development with some of the renowned research labs, corporate and institutes predominantly in European and south Asian countries. Her research interests as an information architect include decision support in medical Informatics, public health systems, advance imaging systems, e-learning and gaming. Ashis obtained her masters in industrial design from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India. She was awarded the Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Union (FP6) to obtain a PhD in Industrial design engineering at the Technical University of Delft (TUD), The Netherlands. Her post doctoral studies were conducted at TUD after receiving a research grant from NWO to develop decision support device to reduce maternal mortality in rural India. Ashis strongly advocates the role of design thinking both in bringing a paradigm shift in engineering education and in developing products/services with high societal impact. Recently, in the capacity of an institution builder she was responsible for successfully setting up the Institute of Information and Communication Technology (IICT), Ahemdabad University, Gujarat – which is the only of its kind offering design thinking to induce project based engineering education in India.
If India needs to make a strong mark globally in the innovative product and technology development then the solution lies in harnessing the strengths of multidisciplinary education system. Design thinking can play a critical role towards inducing innovative thinking leading to people, products and services focusing at promoting sustainable well being.