DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies

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DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in automotive styling and is based in Pune, Maharashtra. DYPDC is a collaboration between the D.Y. Patil group and Dilip Chhabria,the iconic automobile designer. One of the features of the program is that the design students build an automobile at the end of their program.


DYPDC offers programs in automotive styling. DYPDC Center for Automotive Research and Studies also has plans to offer residential, inter-disciplinary, auto-centric education in the areas of not only automotive design, but engineering and management as well.

DY Patil Group[edit]

D.Y. Patil Group has three deemed universities to its credit and runs nearly 160 educational institutions, mainly in the professional education sphere, covering various disciplines like health care, engineering and technology, management, and education.

The group has academic alliances with overseas universities, including University at Buffalo, University of Seychelles, University of Central Lancashire and Tufts University.

DYPDC grants scholarships on a merit and need basis. Dilip Chhabria with DY Patil Group launches India 's unique institution for Automotive Studies ~ DYP – DC Center for Automotive Research and Studies to commence classes from August 2010 ~

New Delhi, January 6, 2010: Dilip Chhabria, internationally acclaimed automotive designer, in association with renowned DY Patil Group, today announced the launch of India's unique institution for Automotive Studies – the DYP – DC Center for Automotive Research and Studies at the Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi .

Celebrated actor Vivek Oberoi unveiled the first car from DYP-DC Center for Automotive Research and Studies designed specially by Mr. 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 where.htmirations and low per capita penetration of the automobile will ensure it.”

Mr. Ajinkya Patil, Chairman, DY Patil Group, said: “ We are honoured to initiate one of 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.”

It is one of those rare institutes which, right at its inception, start at the top. It is an exceptional combination of the educational legacy of DY Patil Group and legendary automotive styling expertise of Mr. Dilip Chhabria. The Center 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 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 Center is the “ Center for Research ”. Research is an extremely important component of any educational process. On one side research helps to augment the quality of education and on other side, it 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 coming 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 are completion of XII for 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.


Teaching method[edit]

Teaching method includes formal lectures, studio-based assignments, laboratory experiments, team-based projects, and case-studies that encourage problem solving and experimentation. An active ‘hands on' approach to learning is encouraged with design workshops and projects, field trips and laboratory work. Students participate in building and testing prototype designs and undertake week-long design projects.


A competency-based curriculum designed using the framework provided by National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD), USA and referencing the Subject Benchmark Statements as provided by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), UK.

The curriculum incorporates both core employability skills and technical skills.

The early semesters are dedicated to learning the fundamentals: concept sketching, rendering, three-dimensional model making, presentation techniques, computer-aided design tools, emerging technologies and energy sources, and the principles of ergonomics, mechanical engineering, and materials technology. The final semesters focuses on putting the skills learned in the early terms into practice, refining them, and finding appropriate areas of expertise. Greater emphasis is placed on digital design techniques and presentation.

The program aims to develop the students' intellectual and creative abilities by combining technical knowledge with practical design, business and management skills relevant to the automotive industry.

Admission process[edit]

Admission to the program in automotive styling is competitive. Admissions are on a rolling basis, meaning the moment a student submits all the documents, he or she is considered for admission. The Admission Committee looks for an excellent portfolio, passion and commitment for automotive design, and potential for advancing in the field of design.

Applicants for the undergraduate program should be XIIth passouts in any stream (including Arts, Science and Commerce) and are required to submit 5 to 15 original drawings or sketches of automobiles, including cars, trucks, public transportation, boats, motorcycles or alternative mobility, a statement of purpose outlining their motivation for doing the program and why they think they will be a good fit, and official academic transcripts.

Applicants for the postgraduate program should hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent. The rest of the documents remain the same.

Applicants who are unable to gain admission into the program on the basis of their portfolio, are asked to sit for a specially designed entrance exam.


The main objective of DYPDC's Centre 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 includes: intelligent design, future of transportation, green materials, new materials, alternative fuels, sensors and actuators, safety systems, environmental impacts, vehicle design, and human factors / ergonomics.

The Center for Research will undertake industry and grant-funded research and experimental initiatives and will coordinate interdisciplinary projects with other institutions.


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