The UPA Government is in the process of establishing 30 Central Universities, eight Indian Institutes of Technology, seven Indian Institutes of Management, 20 Indian Institutes of Information Technology and 1,000 Polytechnics.
While laying the foundation of National Institute of Design (NID) on Wednesday at Umari (Kurukshetra) in Haryana, Anand Sharma, Union Commerce, Industries and Textiles Minister said: “The UPA Government has taken the next step in creating new generation institutes and we have initiated the process of establishing 30 Central Universities, eight Indian Institutes of Technology, seven Indian Institutes of Management, 20 IIITs, 1,000 Polytechnics, five Indian Institutes of Science, two Schools of Planning and Architecture, four National Institutes of Design and National Institutes of Fashion Technology, four FDDIs and 200 new Electronic Cities. “
“National Institute of Design in Kurukshetra will be among the first NIDs that will be established after the Ahmedabad campus. The NID will be set up in a 20 acre campus on an expenditure of `160 crore catering to a student population of nearly 500. I am confident that the campus will come up in a period of 2-3 years with an initial intake of 75 students for the four-year undergraduate course and two-and-a-half year postgraduate course,” he said.
To begin with specialisation, NID-Kurukshetra would draw upon strengths of the industry in this region and would include transportation and automobile design and design in agriculture.
“Design Business Incubation facilities would also be established in these campuses to help student designers to become ‘designpreneurs’ and to set up their own enterprises, thereby increasing employment potential in the region, besides serving the local industries. It is also our intention to have institutional collaboration of the new National Institutes of Design with international campuses.