New Delhi: Good news for aspirants desiring to seek admission in National Institute of Design (NID) but withdraw due to far-off location! TheMinistry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, has taken an initiative to encourage the regional designers of the country. The ministry now plans to introduce new NID campuses at four different states, namely, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana.
The decision to launch four new NID centers was taken to fulfill the growing need of regional design and train more youngsters as designers, informed Pradyumna Vyas, Director, National School of Design, Ahmedabad, at a recently held CII-NID Design Summit in New Delhi. In contrast to the 40,000 engineers and 10,000 managers produced by India annually, a mere 1000 industrial designers pass out from design institutes.
To encourage micro, medium and small-scale industries and increase their competitiveness, NID, in collaboration with the Commerce & Industry Ministry, has been conducting a micro-level design intervention programme - The Design Clinic, since February 2010. Ever since, the programme has opened a new door for regional designers to exhibit their talent at the national and global level.
According to Vyas, the new centers of NID are likely to be functional by 2016. The objective and syllabi will emphasize on the regional requirements, thereby blending traditions with industry; thus, providing competitive designs to compete in the global world and satisfy their needs, he concluded.