The government today said four new National Institutes of Design (NID) will be set up in different cities at a cost of about Rs 540 crore in the next four years.
"Design plays an important role in making the industry competitive. So, we need to foster design education. Thus, four new National Institutes of Design will be set up in four cities Ė Hyderabad, Kanpur, Bhopal and Jorhat (Guwahati) Ė in the 12th Five-Year Plan," Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) Secretary Subhash Chandra said.
He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of an award function jointly organised by CII and NID here.
Chandra said these institutes would attract a total investment of about Rs 540 crore in different phases.
Besides, the concerned states are providing about 30 acres of land to set up campuses, NID Director Pradyumna Vyas said.
Each institute would impart training to 500 students every year, Vyas said.
NID functions as an autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (Ministry of Commerce and Industry).
At present, NID main campus is at Ahemdabad with two more campuses, one at Gandhinagar and another one at Bangalore.