Design institute to get national status

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 10, 2013 11:40 hrs

New Delhi, Jan 10 (IANS) The Ahmedabad-based National Institute of Design would soon be declared as an institution of national importance thus enabling it to award degrees to its students.

The union cabinet, at a meeting Thursday chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, approved the declaration of NID by parliament as an 'Institution of National Importance', Finance Minister P. Chidambaram told reporters.

The status of 'Institution of National Importance' would enable NID, Ahmedabad, to award degree to its students.

"This, in turn, may prove to be beneficial for students who wish to pursue post-graduation," an official release said.

A legislation in this regard will be introduced in the next session of parliament.

Chidambaram said the step would fulfill the need to professionalise, standardise and internationally benchmark professional design education in the country.

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