Faculty Profile

MIKE_KNOWLESProfessor Mike knowles,Director -Creative Innovation Projects(SSD)
Over forty five years of spearheading growth and experiment in the world of Creative Parlance, both in practice and in education, Professor Knowles has learnt to enjoy the fact that there are no boundaries as to where the creative mind can go.

Despite having worked the world over, for Professor Knowles, India is the most Creative of spaces. For him, the people within this space are the most visually alive and intuitive as well as innovative and inherently skilled.

It is undeniable that India is quickly progressing into its Age of Design – fast leaving the archaic Age of Science. We want new, we want discovery, we want change.

And it is for Professor Knowles, the multifaceted world of Design that will fulfill our hearts desires.

With such rapid progress underway, young people, on discovering their Creative intent, are often confused as to how to take their personal dream forward.

As an example, what really is ‘Visual Communication’ and how does it differ from ‘Applied Art’? In this field of rapid discovery, where will ‘Visual Communication’ be in the coming years? With the onset of 3D imaging and 3D printing what are the defines between 2D imaging, pure advertising, linked product marketing and indeed Product Design. Where will we find graduates confident enough to define and distort norms?

Likewise with ‘Interior Architecture’ and ‘Interior Design’, the two disciplines are both deeply in tune with each other and yet work apart – As parallels and tangents, shared aesthetics and diverse aesthetics.

Confused? You should be for that is the world of Creative Thinking, or as we like to say Design Thinking.

This is exactly the reason Professor Knowles has established the Ansal University Creative Hub. A one stop shop for young people to get the best counseling needed for their soon to be exciting futures.

As has often been the case, this venture, growing from the energy at Sushant School of Design, is the first of it’s kind in India. The exclusivity may not last long for great ideas are always imitated. However, beyond merely being the first, with the guidance of Professor Knowles we indeed intend to be the best.

India’s future growth pattern will be design centric. Indeed, each point on the governments vision agenda has a design led solution.

Professor Knowles is keen to meet all those who are searching to find their path on this most inspiring and fulfilling of futures.

Professor Knowles started his professional career training to teach 3D design at Southfields College, London. After entering into industry he worked with many leading London designers before setting up his first studio, Mike Knowles and Associates in London in the mid eighties. A ‘ Ruskinite ‘ he is a passionate believer in the societal value of design and craft skills.

Professor Knowles moved to India to develop job creation and export projects and helped establish the In Group. In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and up until recently headed the India Fellowship. In 2008 he established a Skills Academy for the University of the Arts London in New Delhi and was conferred a Visiting Professor UAL in 2009. In 2010 he was given the responsibility of developing the Sushant School of Design where he was Dean for 5 years, growing the school from a handful of students to one of India’s leading Design Schools. He now heads the Creative Hub, SSD at Ansal University.

S.M. Kulkarni has been involved with various developmental projects in the area of industrial and craft design for last 35 years.
One of the most important project he has worked on was Golden eye exhibition at Cooper Hewitt museum in New York USA.
This exhibition was aimed at seeking new direction for Indian craft in it’s application and marketability.
In 1995 he started his design studio and production unit – DESIGN QUEST- and worked on sustainable design development for domestic and export market.
He also associated himself with various Design institutes such as NID, NIFT, PEARL, IICD Jaipur as visiting faculty before joining Ansal University as a Dean of Sushant School of Design.

manika waliaProf.Manika Walia

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Manika Walia an apparel designer, research scholar and educator with experience of working with eminent Design schools and Universities. Currently a Professor heading Fashion & Textiles Department at Sushant School of Design .She demonstrates the ability to teach effectively and understands the application of pedagogy.


Specialized in Clothing and luxury from NIFT, forte’ is to bring the best by fusing of western and eastern design elements and socio-cultural influences into the contemporary fashion.


She has also closely worked towards the development of Craft clusters in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh.,actively involved  in the promotion and repositioning of KHADI with KVIC .

Design consultant to various retail brands like Anokhi ,Soma and Rungeen Bazaar.

sundeep vermaAssociate Professor Sundeep Verma

Sundeep Verma is a graduate of NIFT, New Delhi and holds a Masters Degree from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London. He has over 15 years of experience in Advertising and Branding in UK, USA and India. He has worked with Omincom group in London and WPP Group in India. During this time he worked as Creative Director with Grey and Creative Head with Ogilvy in India and with Geometry Worldwide, More Creatives and Live Brand in United Kingdom. He has worked on many international brand campaigns including Vodafone, London Underground, Euro Star, Motorola, AMEX, Oppo Mobile, CommonWealth Games, Fanta and designed the EEMA Award winning event for Hero Hoda’s silver jubilee year celebration. His Graphic Novel – Mind The Gap was exhibited in the London Calling Exhibition.


After a long career in corporate sector, he decided to move into academics where he could share his industry experience and shape the future creative entrepreneurs & professionals. His last role was as Associate Professor and Head of Dept.(HOD), Communication Design at School of Fashion and Design of GD Goenka University.

Himani G. Chowdhary  is a Ph.D from Delhi University with more than 10 years of synergistic experience, working in the fashion and textiles industry, academics and research.

Worked in the industry with fashion and apparel brands like Gap, Banana Republic, H&M, Macy’s. Teaching experience includes working with the department of Apparel design and construction (Delhi university) and Kurukshetra University in Fashion and Apparel Design Department as HOD.

Areas of work and interest span from Traditional textile heritage of India, Fashion Marketing and Merchandising, Textile Design, Fiber Science, Fabric Production, Art and craft Appreciation studies, History of Costumes.

Publications and Presentations in International and National Conferences on Textiles, Green environment, sustainability and green chemistry, Eco-friendly textiles, traditional crafts of India

Voluntary work with artisans of J& K on ‘Ari’ work of Kashmir

Worked on various government projects under Ministry of Textiles, Science and Technology.

Presently working in Ansal University, Sushant School of Design.

18446805_10213086693351668_2655281133753311269_nEsha Gandhi,Assistant Professor

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Esha Gandhi is a Graphic Designer, curently an Assistant professor in Visual Communication department of Sushant School of Design.

She did her BFA in Applied Art from College Of Art, Delhi ; MFA in Applied Art from Amity University, Noida ; MA in drawing & Painting from Jiwaji University, Gwalior. She has trained at a few renowned Ad Agencies like JWT & McCann World Group and has also worked as a Graphic Designer in The Boxbeat Technologies. She has been working as a Freelancer for over 5 years.

She is an eminent researcher, resourceful and imaginative teaching professional highly trained in a wide array of artistic mediums.


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Assistant Professor Surabhi Khanna 

Surabhi Khanna is a designer, educator. She has a Masters in industrial design from NID, India (toy & game design), after graduation in architecture. Since 2012, she has been working on projects and workshops related to heritage, innovations, culture-based design. She has been associated with several institutions of design and education as a part time/ visiting faculty.

An exchange designer in Germany, invited participant for UNESCO creativity workshop on Inclusive education and development, she was co-invitee to Colombia, South America for talks-workshops on design & education and for talk-workshops by Aalborg university, Denmark.

Surabhi has developed courses and electives related to playful design concepts for students of design and architecture. She conducts design & education workshops for teachers, trainers and children at several organizations and schools. She featured in Pool Design Magazine in 2015.

She is currently associated as assistant professor of product design at Sushant School of Design, Ansal university.

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Assistant Professor Amaltas Khan

Designer by inclination and design educator by profession, Amaltas Khan work on design interventions for social well-being and resource efficiency. He has over 5 years of research and teaching experience in sustainable design education and practice. He has developed, enhanced, and applied education-based pedagogies, and the resulting project outcomes have been recognized at several international platforms. He has published a few articles in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences. He is also a guest reviewer for ‘International Journal of Sustainable Design’.

Amaltas Khan holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, and Masters in Product Design from Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing,  Jabalpur in 2011. During his masters, he has also worked on sponsored projects in association with TU, Darmstadt, and IIT Guwahati. He also holds certification in ‘Delft Design Approach’ and ‘Responsible Innovation’ conducted by TU Delft, Netherlands. He is currently pursuing Ph.D. from IIITDM Jabalpur.

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Assistant Professor Faiyyaz Khan

Faiyyaz Khan is a leading practicing painter. He was honored with Lalit Kala Academy Research Grant Scholarship 2012 -13 and Ministry of Culture, Young Artist Scholarship, HRD 2010-12. For his outstanding works of Arts he won Poster competition for world Aids Day at Pimpri  Chinchwad Mahanagarpalika,pimpri, pune – 2003;      Kalavart  National Art Contest, with Silver medal , Ujjain, M.P. – 2006; Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation Present M.F.Hussain Award For Stylized Figurative Painting-2015. He has attended  many artists camps organized by reputed art organizations and participated in several group shows. His paintings were displayed in prestigious exhibitions like  Annual Art Exhibition Of The Bombay Art  Society -2013, The 55th National Exhibition of Art by Lalit kala Academy at

Ravindra  bhavan, New Delhi -2014, 26th All India Exhibition Of Contemporary Art, South Center                    Zone Cultural Center, Nagpur-2015.

suresh bisht photoAssistant Professor Suresh Bisht

Suresh Bisht has graduated from Jamia Millia Islamia university in BFA and have had his post graduation in MFA  from the esteemed College of Arts, Delhi. He has generated a variety of works in commercial art projects in association with a lot of firms. He has been exhibiting his artistic skills at art camps organised to generate interest and educate and also held exhibitions displaying his artwork. He has worked as an educator and a mentor in a number of educational institutions also.

Another unique strength of Sushant School of Design is the highly diverse panel of visiting faculty. There are people from the industry and leading design professionals and academicians who are teaching at SSD. The insight provided by the visiting faculty is one of the key reasons that Sushant graduates walk out as ‘market ready’ and aesthetically sound.

Sharad Mathur is a consultant in the field of design and management, with 30 years of experience in the same. He has to his acclaim several prestigious projects like organizing India Promotions for stores in Holland and Switzerland, and having worked on costumes for films and theater in Europe, where he studied and worked for more than a decade, and also for Bollywood films here. He has also opened a couple of buying agencies in Delhi, and is also working as a consultant for several Export and Retail organizations on Product & Range Development. He is also actively involved in Training the grassroots artisans on their skill development, product enhancement and development programme, an initiative by the Ministry of Textiles. He is associated with several educational institutes like NIFT, Pearl, Indian Retail School, Amity University, Raffles University (Singapore), IMM, IILM, Sushant School of Design etc where he teaches both Design and Management.

Seema Srivastava is an art historian, cultural theorist, teacher and a designer. She has a great understanding of traditional as well as modern and contemporary art. Qualified with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, a Master’s Degree in History of Art and an M. Phil in Indian Arts, Crafts and Aesthetics, she has a professional experience of more than 25 years, spent in the field of teaching Art at the College of Art, University of Delhi, the National Museum as well as other prime art institutes including the National museum, National Gallery of Modern Art and the India Habitat centre. She has also been associated with some design institutes like Pearl Academy of Fashion and National Institute of Fashion Technology, Institute of Apparel Management, Ansal University where she has taught Art, Fashion and History of art and design. MrsSrivastava has presented a range of academic papers and lectures on diverse aspects of the arts and also published books on art and art education. She also conducts heritage walks, museum visits, craft experiences in and around Delhi.

Shalini Bansal, A 2000 post-graduate Design Alumnus from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, ShaliniBansal has worked across diverse design domains from textiles to fashion, graphics and exhibition. As the Colour and Visual Consultant for Asian paints ColourNext, she has been working to translate and mediate between social / societal information, collected through primary and secondary research and the visual and colour information. She has spearheaded the design of Apparel exhibitions like Textrends 2012, IIGF 2011 and Source Zone 2010 /11, for the AEPC, Ministry of textiles, GOI and developed theme pavilions for these. Shalini has been involved as an Interior Textile and Colour consultant in residential real estate projects for design and development of the interior textiles. She has an experience through the cross section of the textile industry with design in yarn, fabric and home fashions, both in exports as well as retail. Simultaneously, she has also been a Design educator and her forte has been to mentor the marriage of education with industry. She has her own initiative in Education through which she has been extensively working at introducing creative clubs and activities across schools.

Radhika Mann, An interior designer by profession and education, she has been practicing since the last 10 years. She graduated in Interior Design from Apeejay Institute of Design and completed her Masters from Punjab Technical University. She is an associate member of IIID. She is associated with prestigious colleges of India. Her inputs are very often read in newspapers also. Arts n Drafts is owned by her and is into interiors, exteriors and architectural consultancies.

Monika KhannaGulati is a design consultant, entrepreneur and educator with a successful career spanning over 20 years. She is the founder and principal of SkyBlue Design, based out of Gurgaon.  SkyBlue Design is an integrated corporate communication studio, supporting clients in strategy formulation to conceptual design, through to actual implementation. This includes corporate identity as well as graphic design for publications such as magazines, newsletters, brochures, training manuals, events and presentations. SkyBlue Design has worked with well-known international clients, such as The British Council, DFID, The World Bank, ITC, DRDO, Rapid Metro, UNFPA, UNICEF, Save the Children UK &Duraline-Emerson and Baxter. SkyBlue Design has partnered with several art galleries such as Bodhi Art, Vadhera Art Gallery, GallerieNvya and continues to interact closely with leading artists and art-commentators whilst creating their publications. In 2009, Monika redefined the identity for the National Gallery of Modern Art on the occasion of the inauguration of its New Wing. Several new publications as well as a comprehensive way-finding and signage system for the New Wing and the Museum were developed to commemorate the event.

Naresh Bhatti is formally trained commercial photographer. Being a commerce Graduate from Ramjas College,Delhi university and CA(Inter),He was serving in Finance sector till 2004 and also doing photography as an amateur. In 2004 he started as full time freelance commercial photographer.

He is specialized in fashion and beauty photography. Loves travel photography and driving in the hills. He has done editorial fashion shoots for various fashion and Life style magazines. He loves to teach and share his knowledge and experience gained in real world scenario. His clients are Facebook UK, Instagram UK, Max Health Care,Fashion designers Rinku Sobti, Shashank & Prajwal, Delhi Daredevil and Official Photographer in IIFA 2015 Malaysia , Lakme Fashion Week 2015.”



Vibha Narula Gupta is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (1987) with a Diploma in Industrial Design (Textiles). She also has a Diploma in Commercial Art from the New Delhi Polytechnic for Women. She has experience in diverse fields of design. Her work on textiles includes printed and woven fabrics, furnishings for the domestic and export market, craft documentations, research and development projects. Additionally, she has been a design consultant on interiors and exhibitions. Notable amongst these is the Festival of India, USSR, Exhibition on Nehru at Victoria and Albert Museum and the French Festival in India. She has been a visiting faculty at IILM, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and Apeejay Institute of Design. She was also closely involved in development of programme structures and curriculum for textiles and apparels at IILM. As an educator she aims to provide a sound design education to enable students to think creatively and independently, and to equip them to apply themselves to any design problem.

Nandini Varma is a Visiting Faculty with Sushant School of Design (SSD) and a freelance graphic designer based in Delhi. She completed her Bachelor in Applied Art from Delhi college of Art and thereafter graduated with a Masters degree in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins, London, UK. She joined Rabia Gupta Designs, Mumbai, where she specialised in Print Design and created many notable brand identities for the Airline, Music, Fashion and the Corporate Industry.

Her love of books and reading further lead her to design numerous book covers for HarperCollins and Penguin, India. She has a keen interest in typography, ceramics, video graphics and 3D printing and is a fitness and yoga enthusiast.

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