National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad was accorded the status of "institution of national importance" by an act of parliament. NID is now the 41st institute to have such a status. NID was established in 1965. With the new status NID will be will be authorised to give degrees and offer PhD's. NID is now entitled to receives special recognisition and funding from the government.
The bill under the National Institute of Design Act, 2013 states "to declare the institution known as the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, to be an institution of national importance for the promotion of quality and excellence in education, research and training in all disciplines relating to design."
"It is very heartening to see that design has been brought to the forefront. It is indeed a big recognition for the design profession in the country and this bill will give an impetus to the activities of the institute, giving design education in India a global foothold," Pradyumna Vyas, director NID, said in a statement.
"The students and faculty will get immense benefit with this recognition. This status will also help in repositioning the institute globally for networking with premier design institutions, create additional opportunities for research scholars, faculty and student exchange and boost design research in the country," he added.
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