Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University (JNAFAU) and Design Guru, a startup founded by its alumni Praveen Indoori, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to offer a Three Month Advanced UX (User Experience) Certificate Program. The announcement was made during a program held at the JNAFAU campus in Masab Tank on Tuesday.
Praveen highlighted that the program, which will be a hybrid model, spans over three months and is conducted on weekends. Classes will be held online on Saturdays and offline on Sundays. The program is open to JNAFAU students, professionals, and design enthusiasts from all walks of life, including those from outside the university and other colleges.
During the event, Praveen emphasized the importance of user-centred design and the role of designers in solving user problems. He provided examples of innovations such as the wheel and big-button mobile phones, illustrating how designers can identify user needs and develop creative solutions to improve user experiences.
Prof. Dr N. Kavita Daryani Rao, Vice Chancellor of JNAFAU, expressed the significance of user experience and the transformation happening in various fields. She highlighted that the course will equip designers with the skills to become experience designers, capable of dramatically improving user experiences through the human-centred design process and creativity.
Praveen, an industry veteran with 20 years of experience, expressed his desire to give back to the design community and contribute in his own way. The program aims to produce future-ready designers and make UX training more affordable. The course fee for JNAFAU students is set at Rs 15,000/-, significantly lower than the fees charged elsewhere, which range from Rs 70,000/- to 1.9 lahks. For students from other colleges, the fee is Rs 29,000/- plus applicable GST.
The course has already garnered considerable interest, with 30 out of 50 required participants already registered and fees paid. Limited seats are available, and interested individuals are encouraged to contact the organizers immediately via phone at 9908420890 or visit the websites www.janfau.ac.in or www.designguruhyderabad.com. Classes are scheduled to commence next week.