The government will introduce a bill in Parliament to amend National Institutes of Design (NID) Act, 2014 to include four new such centres within the ambit of this law, and to declare them as institutions of national importance.
The decision regarding this was taken by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.
The four new NIDs, which will be included, are in Amaravati, Bhopal, Jorhat, and Kurukshetra.
"The Union Cabinet has given its approval for introduction of Bill in Parliament for amendment of NID Act 2014" to include the four new NIDs within the ambit of the Act and to declare them as Institutions of National Importance (INIs) at par with the NID Ahmedabad, an official statement said.
It said that some minor amendments to the Act will include re-naming of NID Vijayawada as NID Amaravati and nomenclature of principal designer as equivalent to Professor are also proposed in the bill.
According to the statement, establishing new NIDs as institutions of national Importance in different regions will help produce skilled manpower.
It will also help 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 programmes for capacity, capability and institution building, it added.
An Institute of National Importance in India is defined as one which serves as a pivotal player in developing highly skilled personnel within the specified region of the country or state.
Only a chosen few institutes make it to this coveted list and are usually supported by the government or even any other international institutes to develop centers of excellence in research, academics, and other such elite schools of education.
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