New Delhi, Feb 25 : Union Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has said it is important for the country to become a part of the global value chain, especially at the design stage, where maximum value addition takes place.
''New National Institutes of Design will fulfill the requirement of designers in the country and expose them to employment opportunities, which will lead the country towards higher socio-economic growth,'' said Mr Prabhu on February 22 at the inauguration of NIDs at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and Jorhat in Assam through video conference from here.
He further added that establishment of NID in Jorhat, Assam, the first Design Institution at the national level in the North Eastern Region of India, gives great opportunity to young creative talent and design aspirants from North East.
Both institutes are autonomous institutions under Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
With design and innovation taking prime importance in many sectors, policies, and schemes of the government like "Make in India”, “Skill India”, “Digital India”, “Startup India”, and “Smart City initiatives” to name a few, it is imperative to promote design education, according to a statement here on Monday.
The National Design Policy 2007 had recommended setting up design institutes on the lines of NID, Ahmedabad in other parts of India to promote design programs. Four new NIDs have been set up in Andhra Pradesh (Amaravati), Assam (Jorhat), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal) and Haryana (Kurukshetra) with a total outlay of Rs 434 crore.
Establishing new NIDs in different regions of the country will help produce highly skilled manpower in design which, in turn, will create job opportunities, both direct and indirect, by providing sustainable design interventions for crafts, handloom, rural technology, small, medium and large-scale enterprises and outreach programs for capacity, capability and institution building.
NID Bhopal will begin its academic journey from July 2019 with 60 students in 4-year undergraduate courses in industrial design, communication design and apparel & textile design, the written test for which were held in January 2019.
NID Jorhat envisions design education which will focus on creativity and innovation in the social, health, livelihood and lifestyle sectors both in digital and indigenous technologies.The entire project has been executed and implemented by NBCC (India) Ltd.