National Institute of Design Act
National Institute of Design, India’s premier and first design institute has been declared ‘Institution of National Importance’ by the Act of Parliament, by virtue of the National Institute of Design Act.
Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Commerce & Industry and Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs placed the NID Bill in the Parliament.
The Bill 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…’, was passed unanimously by the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, 09th July 2014. Earlier on Monday, July 7th the Bill was unanimously passed by Rajya Sabha.
This is the first Bill to be passed by the newly elected NDA government and was processed in a short span of three days, in both the Houses.
On the 17th July 2014 Hon'ble President of India gave his assent to the National Institute of Design Bill, 2014 and notification to declare NID as an 'Institution of National Importance' was published in Government of India's Gazette on 18th July, 2014.
During discussions, in the two Houses, Hon’ble members spoke very highly of the activities of the institute and unanimously agreed to pass the Bill. With the passing of this Bill, NID will be authorised to deliver degrees and offer Ph.Ds. Till date, forty institutes have been declared as Institutions of National Importance, NID being the forty-first.
Some messages by well wishers of NID:
Professor Mark Hunt BA (Hons) MA FRSA, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK: ‘I was very pleased to hear that NID has been declared an Institution of National Importance. This is very good news. Well done to everyone at NID…’
Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada: ‘A profound congratulations to you for this wonderful success for the NID. OCAD University remains very excited at our growing collaboration led by Dr. Bovis-Cnossen. I look forward to growing our faculty exchanges and research together.’
Professor Cliff Allan, Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University, UK: ‘I am delighted to learn of this very good news, congratulations ! This is truly deserving recognition for the National Institute of Design. I too look forward to strengthening our ties in the coming years.’
Prof. Tadashi Takahashi, Department of Textile Design, Tama Art University, Japan: ‘This is your splendid achievement. Congratulations!!!’
Mrs. Illoosh Judge Ahluwalia, Member, NID Governing Council: ‘Such incredible news! I am so very proud to be associated with this great institution particularly at this moment and to know that together we have witnessed history.’
Mr. Ashish Deshpande, Director, Product & Retail Innovation, Elephant Design Pvt. Ltd., India: ‘The title, “Institute of National Importance” is richly deserved by NID and this moment, that has been long expected, will be cherished by the design community and those related with NID for years to come.
This recognition salutes all the path breaking hard work put together through years by several visionaries and peers, lays a new level of foundation to create a contemporary institution of excellence that has been built on rooted & relevant thought, process & ideology.
Our congratulations to you and team at NID and wish you & NID the very best in this new era of recognition.’