The Vidarbha Economic Development Council (VED) has been trying to establish Nagpur/Vidarbha as an iconic education hub for which it is proposing the setting up of a few prestigious institutions here. The National Institute of Design (NID) is one such which is internationally acclaimed as one of the foremost multi-disciplinary institutions in the field of design education and research. “The institute functions as an autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.
It is recognised by the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR) under Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, as a scientific and industrial design research organisation,” said Shivkumar Rao, President of VED. The Business Week, USA has listed NID as one of the top 25 European and Asian programmes in the world. NID has been a pioneer in industrial design education after Bauhaus and Ulm in Germany and is known for its pursuit of design excellence to make designed in India, made for the world a reality. NID’s graduates have made a mark in key sectors of commerce, industry and social development by taking role of catalysts and through thought leadership.
“Having entered the 6th decade of design excellence, NID has been active as an autonomous institute in education, applied research, service and advanced training in five faculty streams, Industrial Design, Communication Design, Textile, Apparel & Lifestyle Design, IT Integrated (Experiential) Design and Interdisciplinary Design Studies. NID offers a wide spectrum of design domains while encouraging trans-disciplinary design projects,” he said. NID is a unique institution with many problem-solving capabilities, depths of intellect and a time-tested creative educational culture in promoting design competencies and setting standards of design education.
“The rigorous development of the designer’s skills and knowledge through a process of ‘hands on - minds on’ is what makes the difference,” Rao said. A unique feature of NID’s design education programme is the openness of its educational culture and environment where students from different faculties and design domains interact with each other in a seamless manner. The benefit of learning in such a trans-disciplinary context is immeasurable, he said. “NID is the need of the hour in Nagpur as there is a large creative pool available here.
Nagpur is a fast-developing iconic education hub and the establishment of an NID will benefit this region by giving opportunities to the creative talent pool and that will make a big difference to the growth of this region,” Rao noted. Rahul Upganlawar, Secretary General of VED said, VED has been proposing to the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Government of India, and the Maharashtra Government from time to time for the last 10 years to set up a National Institute of Design (NID) either at Nagpur, Amravati or Gondia in the Vidarbha region. VED has been pursuing this matter for the past 10 years also having taken up the matter with Anand Sharma, the then Union Minister for Commerce & Industries and thereafter with Nirmala Sitharaman in the same position. “Now with the new Government in place at the Centre, VED feels that the Ministry of Commerce with Piyush Goyal will take this up and make a dream come true for Vidarbha,” he added.