On July 30, 2019, the National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill - 2019 was proposed in Rajya Sabha by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The Bill proposes to amend the National Institute of Design Act, 2014, which stated the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad as an institution of national importance.
The key features of the bill
- The Bill seeks to announce 4 National Institutes of Design in Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Assam and Andhra Pradesh as institutions of national importance.
- At present, these institutes are registered as Societies under the Societies Registration Act - 1860 and don’t have the authority to grant diplomas or degrees. On being declared institutions of national importance, the 4 institutes will be granted authority to grant diplomas and degrees.
Importance of the National Institutes of Design (NID) amendment bill-2019
Instituting new National Institutes of Design (NIDs) as Institutions of National Importance in different states of the country will help to produce highly skilled manpower in design, which will create employment opportunities in both organise and unorganise sector, by offering sustainable design interventions for handloom, crafts, small, medium and large scale enterprises and outreach programmes for capability, capacity, and institution building.