Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill which seeks to declare four National Institutes of Design in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, and Haryana as institutions of national importance. It will allow the four institutes to grant degrees and diplomas. 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 the suggestion to give funds to private institutes of excellence, he said that government funds can be given for setting up government institutes of eminence. He also assured the members that the suggestion of roping in industry academia and consultancy with industry would be considered. The minister also said that nobody has taken away the credit of earlier leaders and eminent professionals who contributed for these institutions. While participating in the debate, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that the government should also focus on faculty development of such institutes of national importance as these premier institutions including as IITs and IIMs are facing faculty shortage. Kahkashan Perween of JDU also asked the government to setup an NID in Bihar. K Somprasad of CPIM demanded that the Kerala Institute of Design be given the status of institute of national importance.