A Bill to declare the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad as an ‘institute of national importance’ and award degrees to students was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Monday.
The proposed legislation will benefit students who wish to pursue postgraduation and help the institute promote quality and excellence in design education.
Transforming the institute into a corporate body with the legal status of an institute is the other objective of the Bill. Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitaraman who piloted the legislation said, “This institute… will award degrees for postgraduation course, MPhil and PhD programmes”.
The minister said the institute would continue to follow the reservation policy without any dilution and that will enjoy the autonomy to increase the seat strength.