New Delhi: A Bill to declare the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad as an `institute of national importance` and award degree to its students was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Monday.
The passage of the legislation will also prove beneficial for students who wish to pursue post graduation and help the institute promote quality and excellence in design education.
Transforming the institute into a corporate body with the legal status of an Institute is the other objective of the Bill.
Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, who piloted the legislation, said "this institute is going to stand for excellence and will award degrees, post graduate degrees, MPhil and PhD programmes".
Sitaraman, who took oath as Member of the House today, in for praise by the Chair and other members for the passage of the legislation on the same day, with D.P.Tripathi of NCP terming it as "historic".
The Minister said the faculty at the institute would be of high quality and that the institute would continue to follow the reservation policy without any dilution.
The institute will also enjoy the autonomy to increase the seat strength, she said.
The legislation was introduced in Rajya Sabha in March 2013 by the then Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and then referred to a parliamentary committee.
NID Ahmedabad has two satellite campuses -- one in Gandhinagar and the other in Bangalore.
The passage of the Bill will help the institute to act as a nucleus for interaction between the academia and the industry by encouraging exchange of designers and other technical staff between the Institute and the industry and undertaking sponsored and funded research as well as consultancy projects.
The Bill was passed after a brief debate with Sharma saying the national status should have been bestowed on the institute long time back.
He reffered to the pivotal role Indian institutes, including NID, were playing in cementing ties between India and African countires in the field of design and creativity.
K N Balagopal (CPI-M), D P Tripathi (NCP) Narendra Kashyap (BSP), V P Singh Badnore also participated in the debate.