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Parliament nod to NID amendment bill
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Parliament nod to NID amendment bill

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New Delhi, Nov 26 : Parliament on Tuesday gave its nod to the Bill which declares the four National Institutes of Design in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Haryana as institutions of national importance.

The National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which has already been passed in the Rajya Sabha on August 6, was passed in the Lok Sabha . An amendment moved by Trinamool Congress' Saugata Roy was negated with 93 against and 23 in favour. The amendment was put to vote after the member demanded division. Replying to the debate, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Prakash said the four NIDs will have the same standard and syllabus as the NID in Ahmedabad.

He said the Bill seeks to amend the National Institute of Design Act, 2014, seeks to declare four National Institutes of Design in Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Jorhat in Assam, and Kurukshetra in Haryana as institutions of national importance.

Currently, these institutes are registered as Societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and do not have the power to grant degrees or diplomas. On being declared institutions of national importance, the four institutes will be granted the power to grant degrees and diplomas. Moreover, this will help them become socially inclusive and address the needs of design in various sectors including agriculture, health care, and transportation.

During the debate, Congress Member from Thiruvanthapuram Shashi Tharoor called for launching 'Design in India' along the lines of the government's flagship programme 'Make in India'. Describing the amendment Bill as a 'missed opportunity', he stressed upon the need to have in place a national policy of design. He said that design should benefit from design institute and pointed to the need to put in place a digital ecosystem to promote and push the culture of design, particularly in manufacturing sector.

He said that in the past a company like Rolls Royce had visited the NID for recruitment but it had given it a miss this time. He said that the reason behind it should be looked into by the NID authorities.

Anubhav Mohanty (BJD) said that NID was set up way back in 1960 and it reflected the vision of the government of that time. He said that aesthetics and beauty of a design was as important as the utility of a product.

E T Md Basheer of IUML said autonomy should be coupled with accountability. He stressed that affordability should also be considered and the poor of the country should also have access to these institutions to ensure social justice.

Ritesh Pandey of the BSP said handicraft and handlooms should be included in the ambit of the NID for improving exports and employment in the country. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar -- two big states of Northern India are yet to have their NIDs, he pointed out. Members of opposition parties demanded that NIDs be set up in every state. (UNI)