5 Dec 2019

The National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Source: PRS India

The National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Rajya Sabha. The Bill seeks to amend the National Institute of Design Act, 2014, which declares the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad as an institution of national importance.

Key features

  • The Bill seeks to declare four National Institutes of Design in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, and Haryana as institutions of national importance.
  • Currently, these institutes are registered as Societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and do not have the power to grant degrees or diplomas. 
  • On being declared institutions of national importance, the four institutes will be granted the power to grant degrees and diplomas.

 Institute of National Importance (INI)

  • It  is a status that may be conferred on a premier public higher education institution in India by an act of Parliament of India, an institution which “serves as a pivotal player in developing highly skilled personnel within the specified region of the country/state”.
  • Institutes of National Importance receive special recognition and funding from the Government of India.