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Crafting excellence

Four new National Institutes of Design are to be set up

The Union Cabinet in September approved amendments to the National Institute of Design (NID) Act of 2014 for the setting up of four new institutes in Amaravati, Bhopal, Jorhat and Kurukshetra.

The proposal is a calibrated move to produce highly skilled manpower in design. The 2014 Act, which provided statutory backing to the Ahmedabad NID would, with parliamentary nod, extend to the four new NIDs.

The statement of objective of the 2014 Act said the Ahmedabad NID is an institute of “national importance” for the promotion of quality and excellence in education, research and training in all disciplines relating to design. The proposed four new NIDs would also strive to meet the same standards of educational excellence.

These institutes are meant to provide “sustainable design interventions for crafts, handloom, rural technology, small, medium and large scale enterprises; and outreach programmes for capacity, capability and institution building”.

The NIDs are keeping with the vision of the National Design Policy approved in February 2007.

The policy called for promotion of Indian design through a well-defined and managed regulatory, promotional and institutional framework.

It recommended the setting up of specialised design centres or ‘innovation hubs’ for sectors such as automobile and transportation, jewellery, leather and soft goods. These hubs would provide common facilities and enabling tools, along with financial support through mechanisms like venture funding, loans and market development assistance.

The policy document had called for the formulation of a scheme to set up these hubs in select locations, especially in backward States, “particularly in the Northeast”.

The Act of 2014 had expressed the legislative intent to set up a design institute with a view to spreading quality education, in keeping with the current economic and academic paradigms. In this context, the policy had suggested the public-private partnership mode as an option.

The policy had mentioned the need for a mechanism to recognise and fete industry achievers.

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