PM lays foundation of NID Assam campus
The Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh recently laid the foundation stone of National Institute of Design at Jorhat Campus in Assam. This will be the second Institute of its type in India after the first National Institute of Design was set up in Ahmedabad fifty years ago.
Speaking at the ocassion, the PM said, The National Institute of Design has evolved as the touchstone of good design education in India while continuing its efforts for spreading knowledge of traditional Indian design across the world. But one institute cannot serve the growing and variegated needs of our nation. Therefore, this new institute at Jorhat is a timely and welcome initiative.
As mentioned by the PM, the need for design intervention for Indian products and services was first visualized by the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. He actively encouraged the setting up of the National Institute of Design at Ahmedabad. Starting from a small campus in 1961, the institute today is a multiple campus organisation with a strong national and international profile. It conducts graduate level diploma programs in eight design disciplines and sixteen sector specific post graduate programs in diverse domains. It has also set up state of the art infrastructural facilities like the Knowledge Management Centre, Information Technology Center, and Design Vision Center.
The PM also added that his government has taken significant initiatives to enhance the design innovation and application framework cutting across all sectors and disciplines. These include revamping the Designs Act and setting up Design Business Incubators. It is our hope that these steps would ensure that the rights of creative people are protected and talented people are trained in innovative processes, leading to creation of intellectual wealth. Stakeholders cutting across all industrial sectors in India have participated in Design Summits held over the years to evolve an approach for ‘Designed in India and Made for the World’ campaign.