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Ansal University (AU) was established in 2012 under the Haryana Private Universities Act 2006 (previously known as Ansal Institute of Technology (AIT), in the city of Gurgaon, National Capital Region (NCR), India.
AIT was affiliated with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (IP University) and was established in August 2000 under the Chiranjiv Charitable Trust. Today, it is a UGC recognized Private University. The much acclaimed Sushant School of Art and Architecture is also on the same campus.
Ansal University has state of the art infrastructure, facilities, educational ambience and diverse culture, to nurture thinking and develop the critical curiosity needed in pursuit of professional knowledge and competence.
Design solutions are essentially centered on the end user. Thus design education and training should also be centered on the trainee. At Sushant School of Design, the curriculum is planned and progressed keeping in mind the trainees individual potentials and the abilities that one has to earn maximum benefit from the facilities provided.
Professor Mike Knowles was given the responsibility of developing the Sushant School of Design in 2010. With over 40 years of experience in professional practice and education and after working with many leading designers in the United Kingdom, Prof. Knowles set 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. He moved to India to develop job creation and export projects.
In 2005 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and heads the India Fellowship.In 2008 Prof. Knowles established a Skills Academy for the University of the Arts London, and was conferred a Visiting Professor UAL in 2009.