Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu recently inaugurated National Institutes of Design (NID) at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and Jorhat in Assam. These new NIDs in various parts of the country will help produce highly skilled manpower in design which, in turn, will create job opportunities, both direct and indirect. Both institutes are autonomous under department for promotion of industry and internal trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and industry. They will provide sustainable design interventions for crafts, handloom, rural technology, small, medium and large-scale enterprises and outreach programmes for capacity, capability and institution building.

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. 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 cr.

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.

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, said Prabhu. “New NIDs 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.” 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.

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. The campus is spread in 30 acres and is equipped with the best of facilities and technology. Some of the key state of the art facilities are design studios, workshops, it centre, library, resource centre, auditorium, amphitheatre, sports complex, gymnasium and hostel. The institute aspires to bring about design based education reform in the country and initiate a Design research based innovation approach in the industry.

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. Spread over 30 acres’ campus, has full fledges facilities like studios, IT lab workshops, library, hostels with a capacity for more than 200 students. The entire project has been executed and implemented by NBCC (India) Ltd. Admission process has been initiated for NID, Jorhat for the coming academic session in 2019-20. Bachelor courses are being offered in industrial design, communication design, textile and apparel design.