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New Delhi, September 25, 2009
Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma today announced that the Government had decided to establish a campus of the National Institute of Design (NID) in Hyderabad.
Speaking at a seminar on pharmaceuticals in Hyderabad today, Mr Sharma said the institute would be set up in the memory of late Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, who died in a helicopter crash on September 2.
The NID, Ahmedabad, was set up in 1961 and has grown into an internationally acclaimed multi-disciplinary institution in the field of design education and research.
It is an autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Apart from the under-graduate programmes that NID offers at Ahmedabad, it has also set up a post-graduate campus in Gandhinagar, the capital of Gujarat, and a research and development campus at Bangalore. NID offers post-graduate programmes in digital experience, retail experience and interface design at the Bangalore campus.
The Government had come up with plans some years ago for setting up four other NIDs in the country. In this connection, it is understood that some talks had been held initially with the Karnataka government on the requirement of land but they did not go far.
Around that time, it is learnt, Mr Reddy had initiated discussions with the Centre on setting up an NID in Hyderabad, but he died before a final decison was taken.