This project, although an academic endeavour of a post-graduate student of graphic design from the National Institute of Design, absolutely could not have been possible without the guidance and support of the faculty guide, Mr. Tarun Deep Girdher. I would like to thank him for mentoring me through this project as if it was his own, and spending countless hours discussing and debating the complex parameters and dynamics of the stakeholders involved in the Indian education system. I broke all project timelines and this one took a mind-boggling 15 months, but his patience was unparalleled through out.

I would also take this opportunity to thank Mr. Noble Thomas and Ms. Vandna Joshi, from DPS Bopal for letting me meet the teachers and students of the school to conduct my research as well as validate my design solution. Mr. Thomas was instrumental in organising a lot of the feedback sessions and providing valuable insights at key stages through the project.

There are a number of people who participated in my research and facilitated the outcome of the project. There were also those who made sure I didn’t give up half way. Names in no particular order are as follows: Dr. Niyati Lakhani, Mr. Vineet Joshi, Mr. Dhirendra Davey, Dr. Shailendra Gupta, Ms. Veena Das & Ms. Nikita Desai (Riverside School), Mr. Rupesh Vyas, Mr. Ajay Tiwari, Jasleen Kaur, Shreya Chakravarty, Roshini Pochont, Jyoti Mann, Mira Malhotra, Akash Raj Halankar, Soumyadip Ghosh, Palash Singh. My family and friends—as always, for letting me do what I love.

  1. Lisa said:

    Hey Akshan. First off congratulations on your dip project. Was good to see so much thought put into redesigning our old and dated report card. A thought crossed my mind after going through your project and perhaps you must have thought about it yourself. Since we are living in a digital age, how about having a comprehensive academic ‘report’ on a digital platform for schools in India? That way one could evaluate or go through a students progress from primary to higher secondary in one go. I’ve always manage to lose my report card by the end of one academic year, after having served its temporary purpose. It could also be a record for the curriculum and the teachers who were responsible for taking those subjects and become a comparative tool as well. Though, it would require great effort and co-operation from the education board and schools in India but this way the report card could serve a long term value in a student’s life, I feel. Great effort 🙂

    ~ Lisa Lee
    NID Alumni 2005-2009

    • Akshan said:

      Hey Lisa, Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with me 🙂
      Believe it or not, this was not my dip project. It was a classroom project with Tarun.

      We did put in quite some thought about digital vs print, but there is a huge lack of adequate resources in most schools. We wanted the solution to be inclusive to the range of schools that comes under the CBSE. Also, we designed the progress card on MS-Excel and to be printed out. Some schools already have digital databases, on top of which this design can be overlaid.

      But at some point, I do agree with you that we would have to make a complete shift, but the CBSE has schools all over and places with no internet connection. So might not have been the best way to go about it.

      Thanks for writing. Really appreciate it 🙂

  2. Lisa said:

    yep, obviously there are limitations both in terms of the platform as well as the resources. But every product/service comes with its own vision and perhaps this could be a medium for parents more than an initiative from the education system. This will obviously be more relevant in an urban context, but that in itself is a huge space, where this could work. And plus it may stop kids from forging their parents signatures on their report cards 😛 (not that I’ve ever done that)

  3. Akshan said:

    Yep. Definitely something to think about. Especially since lot of schools are moving towards off-the-shelf digital platforms. And kids these days can hack like pros, so you never know 😛

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