Important Dates for Students

Signing up for registration
Monday, March 15, 2021

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 2.00 PM and closes at 11.45 PM.

Re-registration (for cancelled workshops, and students who could not register earlier)
Friday, March 19, 2021 at 2.00 PM and closes at 11.45 PM.

Dates of Open Electives
April 5 - 16, 2021

Q1. What are the different workshops offered in the Open Elective 2021?

A. Based on the overarching theme of NORMATIVE FUTURES, this year, we are offering 35 workshops for you to choose and register from. All these workshops will be conducted in online mode. The details of the workshops offered will be available for viewing and download on the Open Elective website from Monday, Mar 15, 2021. These details include the overview, objectives, methodology, and faculty profile for each workshop.

Q2. Which students are eligible for the Open Elective?

A. The Open Electives are offered to NID’s B.Des Semester 4 (2019 batch) and M.Des Semester 2 (2020 batch) students of all disciplines

Q3. Can a student choose to not attend any of the workshops during the Open Electives?

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

Q4. 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 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 in a workshop will be a mix of students from various disciplines and of both B.Des. & M.Des. programmes. This course shall culminate with an online compilation, or display for the community.

Q5. What are the prerequisites for registration?

A. Bonafide students of NID should have a valid student ID/ No. and a functional NID e-mail ID on If you don’t have a working mail ID, please contact IT and get it activated as soon as possible. A Username and Password for registering on the Open Elective website shall be emailed to each student after the signup process is done.

Q6. How do I sign up for the Open Elective?

A. Everyone is expected to Sign Up in advance to receive your Login Details which will be required for Registration. The Sign Up page will be available on the website from Monday, March 15, 2021 onwards.

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.
STEP 3: Once you have entered the Student ID, you will receive an email, on your individual mail id

Q7. How do I register for a particular workshop?
A. Please note that each workshop has a limited number of seats and the registration is on a first come-first served basis. The system will allow you to register ONLY in ONE workshop. The registration procedure will start on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 2.00 PM and closes at 11.45 PM on the same day.

STEP 1: Sign in to the website: using the username 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.

Q8. Can I register in more than one workshop?

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

Q9. How many students can register for a particular workshop?

A. The maximum number of seats available for each workshop is 15. Seats tend to get filled up rather quickly, so please go through the details of workshops in advance, and have your choices /priorities ready before the registration commences. It is recommended that you keep at least 2 to 3 choices of preference ready before you begin the registration process, in case your first choice gets filled up before you are able to register for it.

Q10. Can a student re-register for another workshop?

A. All workshops have a minimum requirement of 10 registered students for it to be conducted as a part of the Open Elective. 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 at the time of the 2nd registration on Friday, March 19, 2021 between 2 to 11.45 PM. Such students will be informed by email, after the first round of registration is over.

The workshop is also subject to cancellation in case the workshop instructor is unavailable due to any unavoidable circumstances. In that case, the Open Elective team will allot an alternative workshop to the affected students.

Important dates to remember:

Sign Up for registration: Monday, March 15, 2021 onwards.

Registration: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 2.00 PM and closes at 11.45 PM.

Registration 2 (for cancelled workshops, and students who could not register earlier): Friday, March 19, 2021 at 2.00 PM and closes at 11.45 PM.

Dates of Open Electives: April 5 - 16, 2021