Important Dates for Students

Signing up for registration
November 12th, 2018

Monday, November 19th, 2018, 4:00 pm – 11.45 pm (IST)

Re-registration (for cancelled courses, if any & for selected students only)
Friday, November 22nd, 2018, 4:00 pm - 11.45 pm (IST)

Dates of Open Electives
January 21, 2019–February 1, 2019

Q1. What are the different workshops offered in the Open Elective 2019?

A. Based on the overarching theme of GANDHI & DESIGN, this year, we are offering around 38 workshops across all the three campuses for you to choose and register from. On the Open Electives website the details of workshops offered are available for download. These details include the overview, objectives, methodology and faculty profile for each workshop.

Q2. Which students are eligible for the Open Elective?

A. The International Open Electives are offered only to the following students:

  • Students of NID studying in 4th Semester B.Des of all disciplines (2017 batch).
  • Students of NID studying in 2nd Semester M.Des of all disciplines (2018 batch)
  • Exchange students from MoU partner institutions.

Q3. Can students opt for a workshop in a campus other than their own?

A. Yes. The students are free to choose any workshops.
However, the students who opt for workshops on another campus will have to make arrangements for travel and accommodation on their own. There will no reimbursement made by institute toward the travel and accommodation under taken by student to attend the OpenElective workshop. Also, please note that the venue of the workshops mentioned in the workshop details is indicative and is subject to change if circumstances (such as logistics, space availability etc.) so demand. In such cases, the decision of the institute is final and binding, and information would be provided to you.

Q4. Can a student choose to not attend any of the workshops during the Open Electives?

A. No. As a part of the current curriculum, the Open Elective is like any other course and participation is compulsory & credited for above mentioned batches of NID students.

Q5. How different is this Open Elective from other courses?

A. In terms of academics, it is very much like other courses. The workshops under Open Elective you attend carry 4.0 credits. Attendance is important and submissions and evaluations will be done as per the norms. The only difference is that your fellow students will be a mix of various disciplines and both UG & PG programmes. This course shall culminate with a display for the community.

Q6. What are the pre requisites for registration?

A. Bonafide students of NID should have a valid student id and functional e-mail ID on If you don’t have a working mail ID, please contact IT and get it activated as early as possible. Visiting students on exchange from MoU partner institutes do not require an email id on A Username and Password for registering on the Open Elective website shall be emailed to each student after the signup process is done.

Q7. How do I sign up for the Open Elective?

A. STEP 1: Access the site:
STEP 2: Once on the site, click on the Sign Up button. This opens the Sign Up page. Enter your alphanumeric Student ID (which is the same as the one on your NID Identity Card) in the required field. Visiting students on exchange from MoU partner institutes will be emailed their student IDs separately.
STEP 3: Once you have entered the Student ID, you will receive an email, on your individual mail id.
Exchange students from MoU partner institutes will receive this email on their registered email ids. This mail will contain your User Name and Password required for registration. Please ensure that this email does not go to your spam folder.

Q8. How do I register for a particular workshop?
A. Please note that each workshop has limited number of seats and the registration is on first come-first served basis. The system will allow you to register ONLY in ONE workshop.
The registration procedure will start on 19 November 2018 at 4.00 pm (IST – Indian Standard Time). The registrations will close at 11.45 pm (IST) on 19 November 2018, same day.

STEP 1: Sign in to the website: using the user name and password emailed to you at the time of sign up.
STEP 2: Register for the workshop of your choice.
STEP 3: You shall receive an auto generated confirmation email if your registration is successful

Q9. Can I register in more than one workshop?

A. No. A student can register for only ONE workshop.

Q10. How many students can register for a particular workshop?

A. The maximum number of seats available for each workshop is specified on the registration page, and also in the workshop details. Seats tend to get filled up rather quickly, so please go through the details of workshops you are interested in, and have your choices /priorities ready before the registration commences.

Q11. Can a student re-register for another workshop?

A. Each workshop also has a minimum requirement of registered students for it to be conducted as a part of the open electives. In case a specific workshop does not attract the minimum number of students, it will not be offered. If such a situation arises, the students who had opted for the (cancelled) workshop will have to re-register from the available workshops only. These students shall be informed by email, after the first round of registration is over.
The workshop is also subjected to cancellation in case the workshop conductor is unavailable due to unavoidable circumstances. In this case, the open elective team will allot the workshop to the effected students.
Do not forget to check your email.

Important dates to remember:

Signing up for registration at 12th Nov 2018, 4:00 pm onwards.
Registration on Monday, 19th Nov 2018, 4:00 pm – 11.45 pm (IST)
Re-registration (for cancelled courses, if any & for selected students only): Friday, 22nd Nov 2018, 4:00 pm - 11.45 pm (IST)
Dates of Open Electives: 21st Jan 2019 – 1st Feb 2019