Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma on Wednesday said the National Institute of Design (NID) has been declared as a Centre of Excellence,but regretted that a Bill in this regard could not be passed in the Parliament because the Opposition hindered its smooth functioning.
The Bill is expected to be passed in the next session of Parliament,Sharma said after laying the foundation of NID at Umri village in Kurukshetra district,which would be the countrys second after the NID in Ahmedabad.
While speaking on the occasion,Sharma said: Japan will provide technology assistance to bring Kurukshetra NID to the international map. Haryana has now become the first state in the northern region and second in the country to have such an institute.
The first NID was set up at Ahmedabad in Gujarat in 1961.
The NID at Kurukshetra will be set up over an area of about 20 acres with an investment of Rs 160 crore. Haryana government has provided land for the NID free of cost. Different disciplines of design would be offered in the institute and it would provide world class design education and training to professionals in the field of animation,film,exhibition,graphics,product,ceramic and glass,lifestyle and furniture and interior design.
The concerned departments have been directed to complete all relevant formalities so that this institute could be set up in a record time. Besides the NID in Kurukshetra,Japan has also assured collaboration and investment in the main industrial townships of Manesar-Bawal being developed under the Delhi-Mumbai Corridor, Sharma said,adding that a National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) will soon be set up in Panchkula.
It was due to the persistent efforts of the chief minister that the only NID of northern region has been sanctioned in Haryana, the minister further said.
Speaking on the occasion,Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said that the NID in Kurukshetra will be the only such institute of northern India.
The campus will provide education to 500 undergraduate and postgraduate students with a teaching faculty of about 100 and supporting technical staff of 150 people. Also,a nuclear science institute would come up in Bahadurgarh,the foundation of which will be laid by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh soon.
During the past about eight years,inclusive development of all areas and welfare of every section of the society has been ensured,he said. Separate policies have been prepared for the welfare of every section be it farmer,poor,labourer,scheduled castes,backward classes and imparting qualitative education to the children,Hooda said,adding that in the coming four to five years,Haryana would become an educational hub of international level.
Hooda wishes for early recovery,good health of Chautala
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Wednesday wished for the early recovery and good health of INLD president Om Prakash Chautala. I wish for his early recovery and good health, Hooda said at Kurukshetra while responding to a question on the interim bail of Chautala in the JBT scam on health grounds. On Tuesday,Chautala was granted interim bail for six weeks by the Delhi High Court for undergoing a pacemaker implant surgery. PTI