National Institute of Design

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National Institute of Design
National Institute of Design logo.svg
TypeAutonomous National Institution
ChairmanAnand Mahindra[1]
DirectorPraveen Nahar[2]
Academic staff

The National Institute of Design (NID) is a design school in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Jorhat and Gandhinagar India. The other NIDs are in Kurukshetra (Haryana) and Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh). The institute functions as an autonomous body under the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), 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.

National Institute of Design is located in India
Location of the NIDs.

Coordinates: 23°0′40″N 72°34′10″E / 23.01111°N 72.56944°E / 23.01111; 72.56944NID is accorded as "Institute of National Importance" by Act of Parliament, under the National Institute of Design Act, 2014.[3]


NID shop, Ahmedabad

As a result of the Industrial Policy Resolution of 1956, the government of India invited the design team of Charles and Ray Eames to recommend a program 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.[4] 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.[5]


A historic monument within the NID campus, Ahmedabad

The institute has three active campuses, Main Campus-Ahmedabad, Post Graduate Campus - Gandhinagar and the third one is R&D Campus - Bengaluru. Other three new NIDs were established by Government of India in 2015 and later.

Name Established State/UT
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (Main Campus) 1961 Gujarat
National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar (Post Graduate Campus) 19 July 2004 Gujarat
National Institute of Design, Bengaluru (R&D Campus) 31 March 2006 Karnataka
Other NIDs
National Institute of Design, Vijayawada 7 September 2015 Andhra Pradesh
National Institute of Design, Jorhat 22 February 2019 Assam
National Institute of Design, Kurukshetra 2016 Haryana
National Institute of Design, Bhopal 22 February 2019 Madhya Pradesh

National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar[edit]

The National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar is an extension campus of National Institute of Design, situated in the city of Gandhinagar. It provides postgraduate courses in Lifestyle and accessory design, New Media Design, Photography Design, Transportation and Automobile design, Apparel Design, Strategic Design Management and Toy and Game Design.[6]

National Institute of Design, Bengaluru Campus, Bengaluru[edit]

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


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

A campus was later planned to be built at Yeshwantpur, a suburb in Northwest Bengaluru. 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.[7]


The campus is located in Peenya, 3 km (1.9 mi) from Yeshwantpur railway station on the arterial Tumkur Road (National Highway 4) that connects Bengaluru 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 100m from Peenya Metro Station.

Academics and admissions[edit]

The courses available to join at various campuses of NID include Bachelor of Design (BDes), Graduate Diploma Program in design (GDPD), Masters of Design (MDes), Doctorate of Philosophy(PhD) in Design, Foundation Courses are UG courses and International Programs through Research and International workshops. A total of 100 seats for undergraduate studies and 285 seats for post graduate courses are available across all campuses of NID.[citation needed]

NID's entrance exam Design Aptitude Test (DAT) which is also popularly called the National Entrance Examination for Design (NEED) is a National level entrance exam organized for admission to UG and PG courses separately by NID each year. These exams for B.Des and M.Des exams are conducted in 12 exam centers across India.[8]


Industry and online programs[edit]

NID conducts workshops for industry professionals and students all year long. Some of these are for industry professionals only.[9]

NODE - NIDs Online Design Education[edit]

Art within the main building of NID, Ahmedabad

In December 2015, NID launched NODE (NIDs Online Design Education),[4][10] 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.[11] The first course was launched on 23 December 2015, titled "Design Fundamentals", and consisted of 47 online classes.


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.[12]

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.[13]

The foundation stone for National Institute of Design, Jorhat was laid by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in February 2011,[14] while land has also been earmarked for the Telangana campus in the state capital Hyderabad.[13]

National Institutes of Design (NID) at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and Jorhat in Assam through video conference from New Delhi on 22 February 2019. Both institutes are autonomous institutions under Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

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 31 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Nahar takes charge as NID chief". The Times of India 04:45 IST. Ahmedabad. 16 April 2019. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  3. ^ IANS (12 July 2014). "NID becomes 41st institute of national importance". Business Standard India. Retrieved 22 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b "National Institute of Design". Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Dashrath Patel`s death marks end of a design era". Zee News. 3 December 2010.
  6. ^ "P G Campus, Gandhinagar". Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "NID Admission: 2019-20". Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  9. ^ "National Institute of Design - Industry Programmes". Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Grow your Creative Design Skills with NODE - NID Online Design Education". Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  11. ^ "NODE Classes : NID NODE Support". Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Dfrost 2017". Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  13. ^ a b "PPP model for new NIDs Nixed". Times of India, Ahmedabad. Times City section, page 6. 1 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Centre committed to development of Assam, northeast: Manmohan". The Hindu, 19 February 2011
  15. ^ "Bowled over". The Hindu. 14 June 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2018.

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