National Institute of Design

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National Institute of Design
National Institute of Design logo.svg
Established 1961
Type Autonomous National Institution
Chairman Anand Mahindra[1]
Academic staff
Undergraduates 100
Postgraduates 245
Location Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Campus Urban
Type Design School

Coordinates: 23°0′40″N 72°34′10″E / 23.01111°N 72.56944°E / 23.01111; 72.56944 The National Institute of Design (NID) is India's premier design school in Ahmedabad, India. The institute functions as an autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, government of India. NID is recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research under Ministry of Science and Technology, government of India, as a scientific and industrial design research organisation.

On the 17th July 2014, National Institute of Design, India’s premier and first design institute was declared 'Institution of National Importance’ by the Act of Parliament, by virtue of the National Institute of Design Act.

Business Week has placed NID in its list of top design schools[2] in the world.


A historic monument within the NID campus, Ahmedabad

The institute has three campuses:


NID shop, Ahmedabad

As a result of the Industrial Policy Resolution of 1953, the government of India invited the design team of Charles and Ray Eames to recommend a programme of design to serve as an aid to small industries in India.[citation needed] On the basis of their document, 'The India Report', the government of India set up the National Institute of Design in 1961 as an autonomous national institution for research, service and training in Industrial Design and Visual Communication. Designer and sculptor Dashrath Patel was its founder secretary, he held the post till 1981, and was awarded the Padma Shri in the same year.[3]

Courses offered[edit]

A building within NID campus, Ahmedabad

The institute offers two kinds of courses:

  • Bachelor of Design (B.Des)
  • Master of Design (M.Des)

The 4 year undergraduate program is offered in 8 design disciplines under three faculties. Eligibility criteria for B.Des: Candidates having completed 12 years of schooling are eligible to apply. Admissions is based upon a highly competitive national test known as NID Design Aptitude Test[4] conducted around second week of January.


The Faculty of Communication Design offers undergraduate degrees in four disciplines:[citation needed]

  • Animation Film Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Film and Video Communication
  • Graphic Design

The Faculty of Industrial Design offers undergraduate degrees in three disciplines:[citation needed]

  • Ceramic & Glass Design
  • Furniture and Interior Design
  • Product Design

The Faculty of Textile Design offers undergraduate degrees in Textile discipline.[citation needed]

In April 2015, Indian Railways signed an agreement for setting up Railway Design Center at the campus of NID.[5]

Proposed NIDs[edit]

The creation of four NIDs was suggested as part of the Government's 2007 National Design Policy.[6] The plan envisages new NIDs in four states, namely Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh. The aim is to have the NIDs operational by 2016.

  • NID Jorhat : The foundation stone Jorhat campus was laid by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in February 2011.[7]
  • NID Kurukshetra : The foundation stone for Kurukshetra campus was laid by Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma in May 2013.[8]
  • NID Vijayawada : The foundation stone for the Hyderabad campus was laid by Union Minister for Industry, Commerce & Textiles Sri. Anand Sharma in May 2013. But the cabinet finally decided that the NID will come up in Vijayawada instead of Hyderabad.[9]
  • NID, Bhopal.

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