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Dr. (Prof.) Darlie Koshy Ph.D. (IIT, D)

Educationist, Design Management Strategist, Author & Speaker

Dr. (Prof.) Darlie O. Koshy is a visionaryEducationist , persuasive administrator, International Speaker and noted author with an experience spanning 44 years out of which 33 years have been with NIFT, NID, IAM and ATDC (of AEPC). He is well known for transforming Institutions which include on top of the list National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad where he had served as the Director and Governing Council Member for two terms of office (2000-2009) Dr. Koshy is credited with the formulation of National Design Policy which was approved by Govt. of India in February 2007. Dr. Darlie Koshy holds PhD in Management from IITD and MBA from School of Management Studies (CUSAT) having undergone long-term Faculty Development Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), (State University, New York),USA before joining NIFT as the Founding Chairperson of Fashion Management, New Delhi.

Dr. Darlie Koshy as the DG & CEO of Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC under the aegis of AEPC) since 2009 was instrumental in setting up over 200 directly-run ATDC-AVI & ATDC SMART centres across India in 24 States training about 3,00,000 Candidates over a decade.

Dr. Koshy is an acclaimed Higher & Vocational Education and Training Strategist and Thought Leader in the areas of Textile-Fashion-Retail Industries, Design Management and Skill Development strategies.Dr. Darlie Koshy had also been a member of the Executive Committee of Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) from 2009 to 2021. He had also served as the Chairman of Curricula Committees of AICTE and NCVT-DG&ET for Textile & Apparel Trades (2012-14),Chairman of Mentor Council of DG&ET (2013-15), Founding Board Member of Sector Skill Council-AMH-SSC (2013-18) and has been working closely with the FICCI Skill Development Committee since 2012. He has also been serving on the FICCI’s Jury for Higher Education Awards since 2016.

He is the author of four significant books on International Marketing , Design Management and Skill Development and has made numerous presentations in India and Overseas. Dr. Koshy’s book “Indian Design Edge (Roli Books, 2008) and the recent tome RUNWAY TO SKILLED INDIA (DFU Publications2021) have received enthusiastic response and critical acclaim.

The International awards received by Dr. Koshy include ‘Ordine Della Stella Della Solidarietà Italiana’, the Star of Italian Solidarity(a Civilian Award of the Government of Italy: 2008) conferred by His Excellency, the President of Italy, Premio II Ponte 2008: International Award & Citation by the Fondazione Europea Guido Venosta for contribution to Design for development and Quality of Life, International Holden Medal for contribution to Education Excellence from The Textile Institute Manchester(2016), “Outstanding Contribution to Education Award (2015)" for Knowledge, Skill Development and Leadership for the Upliftment of the Society by World EducationCouncil (WEC). The National recognitions and awards conferred on Dr. Darlie Koshy include ‘IIT Delhi Alumni Award’ for contribution to “National Development (2008)”, Hon.Fellowship of the Textile Association (India) in recognition of contribution to Textile Industry (2008), ‘Path Breaker Award’ for Skill Development in Apparel Sector by OGTC (2014), CIMA Award for outstanding contribution to Education at the World Education Congress (2015), Indian Achievers’ Award for Education Excellence (2018), APJ Abdul Kalam Award at the 46th Summit of National Achievers’ Forum (2018).

( For more details and Insights do read my Autobiographical Tome " All By Design – My Tryst with Fashion, Design and Skills " available as e- book and paperback on Amazon .com )


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