Published On: Thu, Jan 7th, 2010

DY Patil launches Dilip Chhabria Centre for Automotive Research and Studies

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DY Patil Group has launched India’s first institution for Automotive Studies DYP – DC Centre for Automotive Research and Studies, in collaboration with internationally acclaimed automotive designer, Dilip Chhabria. The announcement was made at the Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi.

Actor Vivek Oberoi unveiled the first car from DYP-DC Center for Automotive Research and Studies designed specially by Dilip Chhabria. The car is an audacious mid-engine concept purportedly to generate a new segment where a SUV need not be boxy and rugged but sexy and sensual. It is a visual treat whose goal is to spawn a new design direction and segment.

The DYP-DC Center is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and is spread over an area of 100 acres in Lohegaon, Pune. The admission process for the academic year 2010-11 will commence from February 2010. The classes will begin from first week of August 2010.

Speaking on the need for an automotive design school in India, noted automotive designer and promoter of DC Designs Ltd, Dilip Chhabria, said, “Like love, design is a matter of the heart. We aim to develop skills that embody this coupled with business and manufacturing dynamics. A unique approach to ensure the non commoditization of skills across the board, it is a boon in view of the impending huge explosion of automotive growth in our part of the world fuelled by aspirations and low per capita penetration of automobiles.”

Ajinkya Patil, Chairman, DY Patil Group, said, “We are honoured to initiate one of the finest institutions of India with Dilip Chhabria and promote DYP – DC Center for Automotive Research and Studies. It will be the worldwide centre of excellence in Automotive Studies that will develop informed designers, engineering and managers who can contribute their creative output and research to India’s Automotive Industry. With Dilip Chhabria as the mentor for the students and a set of highly qualified faculty from across the globe coupled with enabling infrastructure, we are confident of achieving our goal.”

The institution is an exceptional combination of the educational legacy of DY Patil Group and legendary automotive styling expertise of Dilip Chhabria. The Centre will be a premium interdisciplinary Automotive Design, Engineering and Management institution, thus covering all the domains within Automobile Industry. This is what makes it unique and the first of its kind.

Dilip Chhabria will be the chief mentor at the DYP-DC Center and will drive its ethos, design philosophy and curriculum that are rooted in the actual industry practice. DYP – DC Center for Automotive Research and Studies will start with offering undergraduate and post-graduate course in automotive styling from August 2010. The course will be for a period of 3 years and 2 years respectively.

Another special feature of the DYP-DC Centre is the “Centre for Research”. Research is an extremely important component of any educational process. Research not only helps to augment the quality of education, but also builds bridges with the industry and society. The main objective of Center for Research will be to promote and perform a broad range of world-class research to provide solutions to the automotive industry’s most-pressing challenges. The research spectrum would include: intelligent design, future of transportation, green materials, new materials, alternative fuels; sensors and actuators; safety systems; environmental impacts; vehicle design; and human factors / ergonomics.

Over the next three years the Center, would be offering a mix of undergraduate and post graduate specializations in Automotive Design, Engineering and Management. The eligibility criteria for admission is completion of XII for the under graduate courses and graduation in any discipline for post-graduate courses. The intake will be carefully selected after a rigorous entrance examination and the perceived ability of student to create a positive difference to the automobile industry.

The DYP-DC Center will be the only leading resource for the automotive industry, where students as a part of their course will also design and build an actual car.