Gandhinagar: The National Institute of Design 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 an Act in this regard shall be placed in the Parliament. Final touches are being given to the Act, which will be very soon approved by the Union Cabinet," Anand Sharma, Union Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textile, told reporters in Gandhinagar on Wednesday.

"We have taken a decision, the legal vetting of the Act 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 Center and Automobile Research and Design Center will 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 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 are being carried out here, Sharma said after reviewing the products on display here.

The institute has also done well for empowering women, through basketry craft making, one of the projects 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 Vyas said.

"Prime Minister has already laid foundation stone for Jorhat NID having 500 seats, land in Bhopal and Kurukshetra has been identified having capacity for 500 students each, so overall we shall have 2,500 additional seats in design," he said.

"In the next five year plan, four new NIDs are proposed to come up. We have acquired 30 acre of land at Central University in Hyderabad, having capacity for 1,000 students," Vyas said.

In the next five years, NID would take design education to countries having similar type of socio-economic lifestyles like India, Vyas said, adding, 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. NID has entered Bhutan and Nepal, he said.


(Agencies)

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