Dr. Jaspal Kalra
Design Academician and Social Entrepreneur, with practice based PhD degree from NIFT titled ‘Design Education of Chikankari Artisans: A Tool for Social Innovation'. Jaspal Kalra graduated in Fashion Design from NIIFT, Mohali followed by PGCHE and Masters of Design (Fashion) from Nottingham Trent University. Alongside he has worked on project brief development and curriculum for Design and Craft based Institutes, developing new forms through zero waste cutting technique. He has a total work experience of 19 years, working in professional design spaces of self-run brand, ace designers, retail brands, international buyers and knowledge sharing at various design Institutes.
He has provided services as a consultant for staff development & course delivery, conducted seminars and workshops on craft appreciation. His professional engagements range from workshops at Ashoka University, Somaiya Kala Vidya, expert panelist for ‘National Entrepreneurship Awards Scheme’, Member of Board of Study of Fashion department of Universities and design consultant for projects like Usttad (by NIFT supported by Ministry of Minority Affairs). He has presented in various international and national conferences. He works closely with craft clusters and promotes co-design and design practice sharing with artisans through his brand Sangraha Karigar Atelier. He presently also serves as Director of Kalhath Institute, Lucknow.