Transformative leaders have the ability to create lasting impact by inspiring and guiding individuals and organizations towards positive change. Krupa Prajapati, Director of NICC – International College of Design & Technology, is one such leader who is dedicated to transforming the traditional education system into a model that is better equipped to prepare students for the future. Krupa is a visionary educator with a passion for transforming traditional education systems into interdisciplinary, practical skill-building models.
Krupa has been a vocal proponent for the adoption of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) model of education because she strongly believes that young graduates must be well-equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary for today’s quickly changing professional landscape. She has demonstrated this cutting-edge paradigm to students through her leadership, giving them fascinating examples and demonstrations of projects that she oversaw from beginning to end across several platforms.
In order to empower young people to be preferred candidates for positions in industry rather than having to face the daunting task of applying to dozens of positions with no obvious distinguishing advantages over other applicants, Krupa’s mission is to create an educational environment that monitors the pulse of industry realities and needs.
Redefining Interior Design with a Problem-solving Approach
Interior designer by profession, Krupa Prajapati, has had a lifelong love of design that dates back to her elementary school years. She obtained her interior design diploma in 2004 and international post-graduate diploma in retail design in 2010. During this time, she worked as a designer for numerous architectural firms, where she obtained valuable knowledge.
However, it was only when she met Dr Akash K Rose, her husband and founder of NICC, that Krupa truly understood the meaning and purpose of design. His perception and idea of design and its application to solve real-world problems fascinated her, and she realised that there was much more to the design world than just pretty-looking things.
Krupa founded Lemondust Studios in 2017 with the goal of resolving real-world challenges encountered by clients in the Interior Design industry. Her strategy was to consolidate all core and ancillary services under one roof, enabling for a unified view, synchronization, and coordination of all processes relevant to timely quality delivery to the client. This method resulted in warm appreciation and satisfying growth for the Studio by providing meaningful single-point contact with clients.
Krupa’s academic and practical expertise in materials, methods, processes, and administration has given her an interdisciplinary understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of design planning and implementation. This experience and expertise have enabled her to take a crossplatform, interdisciplinary approach to her work at Lemondust Studios, which has proven to be incredibly beneficial.
Empowering Young Minds Through Skill-oriented Education
Krupa Prajapati was inspired to become an educator by her own educational experiences. She recognized the need for change in old institutions that were only focused on providing young people with competency and employability in a rapidly changing career market. Her awareness of this need, together with her own experience, inspired her to contribute to the construction of an interdisciplinary educational system founded on theory and reinforced with practical training and experience through real-world projects and appropriate exercises.
Krupa’s objective as an educator is to contribute to the development of an educational environment that genuinely keeps a pulse on industry realities and needs. Her ambition is to create an educational system that truly allows young people to contribute uniquely to changing industrial needs.
She feels that by doing so, she may assist in the development of young graduates who are preferred choices for positions in the business rather than having to face the daunting task of applying to dozens of opportunities with no clear distinguishing advantages over other applicants.
According to Krupa Prajapati, in the quickly evolving job market of today, traditional schooling is no longer sufficient to guarantee young people stable and expanding professional prospects.
A lack of understanding of the necessity to adopt the STEAM model of education, which combines STEM topics with the arts and design to ensure multidisciplinary education, is what she sees as the biggest obstacle. Even though this approach is being used in many nations, the general public is still not completely aware of it. Krupa has addressed this issue by introducing and implementing the STEAM Education Model in her organization while demonstrating engaging examples of start-to-finish cross-platform projects.
This has resulted in her pupils being accepted by prestigious corporations and institutions, lending credibility to her arguments.
Revolutionizing Education for the Future of Careers
Krupa, when asked what advice she would like to give the students globally, says, “As an eminent speaker at a premium global institution, stated in her speech at a convention of educators (to summarise and paraphrase): ‘…Most careers thirty years ahead would not even have been conceived of today..’ Beating this evolution of the career landscape is best done by empowering oneself with cross-platform, integrated skillsets oriented to real-world needs and specialising or excelling in one or more verticals.”
The main goal of Krupa Prajapati is to raise awareness of the importance of embracing and comprehending the fast-evolving employment landscape. By expanding her network and offering compelling information about the benefits of cross-platform and integrated skill sets, she hopes to achieve this. In order to provide access to all concepts and exceptional skill set education relevant to the field of design under a single, all-encompassing roof, Krupa also wants to increase infrastructure and equipment. With this strategy, students will be able to gain a deeper grasp of the sector and acquire useful skills that will help them flourish in the future.