Rajya Sabha

August 6, 2019

Ahamed Hassan speaks on National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019

Ahamed Hassan speaks on National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019


Today our world is going through seismic changes and we have to adapt and deliver to the demands of the evolving world.Today design is involved in multiple fields may it be agriculture , health care, automation, transportation, housing, digital communication, handloom, or other sectors in  the Indian economy.

Sir, hum log ko bahut jaldi hum suchte hain k eek university ka bhi zarorat parega is field main. 

We need universities to develop unique skills and to provide opportunities to deliver innovation in our country. 

The Amendment to The National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad has played an important role in building the future of our youth and our country. NID graduates have contributed at various levels across diverse segments of the economy; their works and ideas have been duly acknowledged nationally and internationally. NID has 95 Memoranda of Understanding with the best art and design schools in the world. Thus, the NID has been a pioneer institute and deserves this standing in the educational field.

Moreover, designating National Institutes of Design in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, and Haryana as institutions of national importance was a recommendation of the Standing Committee Report which has now been incorporated to this Bill. The Amendment will bring about the change to be able to now grant degrees and diplomas which did not exist before as these institutes were registered as Societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860.This too is a welcome amendment as was suggested by the committee as it will encourage more student to take up design courses in various sectors and build skilled professionals in our country.

This Bill has gone through its due Parliamentary Procedure and has taken note of the recommendations from stakeholders and thus, has provisions that are beneficial to all. We would like to encourage that this procedure is followed for all bills that require special scrutiny in Parliament.

The Standing Committee had also recommended that the Chairperson of the Governing Council of the Institute should be an academician from the field of design only, Currently a Chairperson may be who an eminent academician, scientist or technologist or professional or industrialist, to be nominated by the Visitor i.e. the President of India. It is vital that the government also brings about this amendment before this Bill becomes an Act.

This Bill will make design courses more inclusive and will bring forth a revolution in design in India. With the Institutes receiving the status, the rich culture and heritage of India along with modernisation will have a larger scope to flourish and create innovation. 


Thank you Sir.