National Institute of Design

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National Institute of Design
National Institute of Design logo.svg
Type Autonomous National Institution
Established 1961
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 a 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. In 2010 Business Week placed NID in its list of top design schools in the world.[2]


A historic monument within the NID campus, Ahmedabad

The institute has three active campuses, two of which opened in 2015.

Name Established State/UT
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad ("Heritage Campus") 1961 Gujarat
National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar 19 July 2004 Gujarat
National Institute of Design R&D Campus, Bengaluru 31 March 2006 Karnataka
National Institute of Design, Vijayawada 7 September 2015 Andhra Pradesh
National Institute of Design, Kurukshetra 2016 Haryana
National Institute of Design, Jorhat 2015 Assam

National Institute of Design R&D Campus, Bengaluru[edit]

The National Institute of Design R&D Campus, Bengaluru, located in Bengaluru, Karnataka, specializes in research and development activities related to design.


The Bangalore office of NID was initially located at Rajaji Nagar and functioned as an interface to coordinate projects between the main institute at Ahmedabad and the technology industry which is centred on Bangalore.

A campus was later planned to be built at Yeshwantpur, a suburb in northwest Bangalore. The new campus was built at a cost of 7.5 crores and was officially inaugurated on 31 March 2006 by Dr Darlie O'Koshy, who was the executive director of NID at the time.[3]


NID Bangalore offers a 2.5 year post graduation programme granting an M.Des degree in design for retail experience, digital game design, information design, interaction design and universal design. A total of 15 students constitute each of the above disciplines for an academic year. [4]


The campus is located 3 km from Yeshwantpur railway station on the arterial Tumkur Road (National Highway 4) that connects Bangalore and Mumbai. The campus is in proximity to two other Central Government Institutes, Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI) and Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute (IPIRTI), and is 5 km away from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) along the same road.

The Campus can be accessed by public transport buses operated by the BMTC from the junction of Outer Ring Road and Tumkur Road at Gorguntepalya or Peenya on Tumkur Road. The campus is also accessible by the Bangalore Metro and is located near the Peenya Metro Station.

Cultural and non-academic activities[edit]

Activities like sports, dramatics, music, festival celebrations, film screenings and Fine Arts also mark an important aspect in NID Bangalore. The various student committees viz Cultural Committee, Film Club, Sports Committee, Book Club and Publishing Committee actively engage the students in non-academic activities.


Dfrost is the annual design and cultural festival hosted by the National Institute of Design R&D campus, Bangalore. It is held around the 20th of March every year.[5]


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. 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. The Sarabhai family, especially Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira, played a major role in establishment of this institute.[6] 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.[7]

Courses offered[edit]

A building within NID campus, Ahmedabad

The institute offers three main courses, all of which follow the two semester per year pattern.

Graduate Diploma Programme in Design (GDPD)[edit]

This four-year course is offered in three specialsations by NID Vijayawada. Until 2014, NID Ahemdabad also used to confer this diploma. However, it has conferred a bachelor's degree since 2014 when the National Institute of Design Act 2014 was passed, allowing the institute to do so. This course has a total of 60 seats. Even though it is a diploma level certification, it is at par and better than other major design institutes in India by virtue of it being run by the central government and its age.[8]

Bachelor of Design (B.Des)[edit]

This four-year course is offered in eight specialisations from the NID Ahmedabad Campus. This course has a total of 100 seats.[9]

Master of Design (M.Des)[edit]

This two and a half year course is offered in 19 specialisations from all NID campuses ( Ahemdabad, Gandhinagar and Bangalore). This course has a total of 275 seats.[10]

Industry and online programs[edit]

NID also conducts workshops for industry professionals and students all year long. Some of these are for industry professionals only.[11]

NODE - NIDs Online Design Education[edit]

Art within the main building of NID, Ahmedabad

In December 2015, NID launched NODE (NIDs Online Design Education),[6][12] an online initiative which delivers self-directed and self-paced design classes from the faculty of the National Institute of Design to students across the country. Students need not be enrolled in NID, and must only pay a nominal fee, to take these classes. NID does not issue physical certificates on course completion. Only a digital certificate is issued.[13] The first course was launched on 23 December 2015, titled "Design Fundamentals", and consisted of 47 online classes.

Proposed NIDs[edit]

National Institute of Design, Kurukshetra is under construction which was opened by Haryana CM Bhupendra Singh Hooda in 2012. The creation of four NIDs was suggested as part of the government's 2007 National Design Policy.[14]

The foundation stone for National Institute of Design, Jorhat was laid by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in February 2011,[15] while land has also been earmarked for the Telangana campus in the state capital Hyderabad.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of the institute include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "No product can succeed without a good design: Anand Mahindra". Ahmedabad. The Economic Times. 27 December 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  2. ^ "D-Schools: The Global List". 24 May 2010. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Master of Design (M.Des.)". National Institute of Design. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Dfrost 2017". Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "National Institute of Design". Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Dashrath Patel`s death marks end of a design era". Zee News. 3 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "BDes Programme". Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  9. ^ "BDes Programme". Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  10. ^ "MDes Programme". Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  11. ^ "National Institute of Design - Industry Programmes". Retrieved 2017-01-08. 
  12. ^ "Grow your Creative Design Skills with NODE - NID Online Design Education". Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  13. ^ "NODE Classes : NID NODE Support". Retrieved 2016-01-03. 
  14. ^ a b "PPP model for new NIDs Nixed". Times of India, Ahmedabad. Times City section, page 6. 1 April 2012.
  15. ^ "Centre committed to development of Assam, northeast: Manmohan". The Hindu, 19 February 2011

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