NID gets Cabinet nod to award degrees

The Union Cabinet announced Thursday that it has "approved the declaration of the National Institute of Design (NID) by Parliament by law as an 'Institution of National Importance'."

"The status of 'Institution of National Importance' would authorise NID, Ahmedabad, to award degrees to its students. This, in turn, may prove to be beneficial for students who wish to pursue post-graduation," the Cabinet said in a statement. Currently, NID offers diplomas and PG diplomas.

NID director Pradyumna Vyas said in Ahmedabad that he was "extremely happy and thankful" to the Cabinet for approving NID's new status and expressed the hope that the development would not only benefit design education, but also the aims and objectives of the India Design Council and national design policy.

Meanwhile, Gujarat's Higher Education Commissioner Jayanti Ravi has said that her department is translating and will print and circulate a Gujarati version of a book on design by veteran designer and ex-NID faculty Kumar Vyas as the textbook for an introductory course on design that universities in the state can offer.

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