GANDHINAGAR: The National Institute of Design (NID) will soon be declared a 'Centre of Excellence', bringing it at par with institutions like IIT and IIM.
"We shall declare NID as a Centre of Excellence and a bill in this regard shall be placed in Parliament. Final touches are being given to the bill, which will be very soon approved by the Union cabinet," Anand Sharma, Union minister of commerce, industry and textile, said here on Wednesday.
"We have taken a decision, the legal vetting of the bill is on and it shall become a national institute of excellence very soon," Sharma said. "Thereafter, those joining the institute from India or abroad shall be awarded degrees, like from any other institute of excellence," he said.
The process of declaring NID a centre of excellence, was set in motion around two years ago. Presently, it awards diploma for its UG and PG programmes.
Sharma also announced that in the 12th Five Year Plan, a jewellery design centre and automobile research and design centre would be set up in NID Gandhinagar campus, besides a mess of recreation centre, for which, Rs 25 crore shall be given by the Centre.
Lauding the role of NID, Sharma said that students of this premier design institute have brought laurels to the country. The design work of cars like Hyundai, Renault, new designs of Tata Nano, all was being carried out here, Sharma said after reviewing the products put on display here. The institute has also done well for empowering women, through basketry craft making, one of the project announced by the prime minister during the India African Forum Summit, he said.
In the 12th Five Year Plan, four new NIDs are proposed to be set up in the country aiming at creation of additional 2,500 seats for aspiring design students, NID director Pradyumna Vyassaid. In next five year, NID would take design education to countries having similar type of socio-economic life styles like India, Vyas said adding that the institute is taking design education to African and SAARC countries.
"In Africa, Zimbabwe is the first one, where we have trained artisans in basketry craft making, Ethiopia, Malawi, Ghana and Zambia, which shall be taken up in next 2-3 years," he said adding that the NID had entered Bhutan and Nepal.