At NID, Neelima Hasija teaches various courses related
to fundamentals of design, with special reference to
ceramic and glass materials. Having graduated in Fine
Arts from M.S. University, Vadodara in 1995, Neelima
enrolled into the Advanced Entry Programme at NID and
specialised in Ceramic Design. She has 13 years of work
experience and joined the institute as a teacher in 2002.
She has been instrumental in shaping and intensifying
glass-related inputs in the department.
Her varied interests include traditional crafts and culture,
craft research and design, design for development,
and material and culture. She has been a member of
the Education Panel, Co-chair, Advisory committee,
NIDUS (the shop on the NID campus that is run by the
NID employee committee), Admission Panel member,
and member of Curriculum Review Committee 2003.
With co-faculty, Shilpa Das, she organised a national
seminar, Indian Crafts: The Future in a Globalizing World
at NID in 2005.
Neelima has conducted several projects and workshops
for artisans all over India. These have deepened her
understanding at many levels and have sensitised her to
the concerns of material and form and the wider socioeconomic
and sustainability-oriented issues of crafts.
She has, thereby, gradually expanded the scope for the
systems’ project to cover more small and medium-scale
industries. In 2010, she organised Integrated Design
Development Training/Workshop for Backward Class
Craftspersons of Pottery and Terracotta Craft. In 2009,
she spearheaded the research team for documentation
of Molela Votive Terracotta in Rajasthan to present it as
Intangible Cultural Heritage to UNESCO. Earlier, she had
conducted projects with terracotta artisans in Bankura,
West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.
Since the last two years, Neelima has been a Principal
Investigator for the Government of India’s Department of
Science and Technology’s projects.
- Activity Chairperson, Industry & Online Programmes
- Mentor, Ceramic & Glass Design