Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma Wednesday laid the foundation stone of the NID to be set up in Urmi village of Kurukshetra district, 130 km from here. The first NID was set up in Ahmedabad in 1961.
Sharma said that he had been to Japan recently where he urged Japan to collaborate in the setting up of the NID in Kurukshetra.
“It is a matter of happiness that Japan would provide technological assistance to this institute,” he said while addressing the gathering at the foundation stone laying function. He said that in view of its national importance, the NID has been declared as a centre of excellence.
Spread in over 20 acres, the new NID will have an investment of over Rs.160 crore. It will offer under-graduate and post-graduate courses to over 500 students.
“This institute would provide world class design education and training to the professionals in the field of animation, films, exhibitions, graphics, products, Ceramic and Glass, lifestyle and furniture and interior design. The concerned departments of the ministry have been directed to complete all the relevant formalities so as to set up this institute in a record time,” Sharma said.