PPP model for new NIDs nixed

ppp model nixed1st April 2012, Times of India, Ahmedabad

PPP model for new NIDs nixed
Dayananda Yumlembam | TNN

Ahmedabad: The idea of Public Private Partnership (PPP) model for setting up four new National Institutes of Design (NIDs) in the country which was earlier explored by Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP) has now been scrapped. Instead, the ministry of commerce and industry will be funding the setting up of the new campuses.
The plan of setting up four new NIDs was conceived through the national design policy which was introduced in 2007. Howeverthe PPP model of infrastructure, education and administration that was considered by the DIPP met with much resistance from NID alumni, faculties and other designers slamming the process as lack of vision.
Director of NID at Ahmedabad, Pradyumna Vyas said, “All the new NIDs will be set up under DIPP and the ministry has agreed to shell out around Rs 600 crores for setting up the four new campuses.” Vyas is also the member secretary of India Design Council which remains in the loop with the setting up of new NIDs.
“The setting up of the new campuses will be taken up one after another. The project will be a part of the 12th five year plan and get completed during the next five years,” said Vyas.
After Assam, where land has been allocated for a new NID campus and foundation stone laid, the government of Andhra Pradesh has also allocated land for another NID campus. “Around 30 to 35 acres of land had been just been allocated for a new NID campus around the campus of central university in Hyderabad. The possession of the land is however in process,” said Vyas. The other campuses are likely to appear in Madhya Pradesh and Haryana.
At the moment NID is only in Ahmedabad with extensions in Gandhinagar and Bangalore. With the new campuses, there will be a total of five NIDs in the country. “The new NIDs that will come up will function autonomously under the DIPP. The campuses will, however be linked with each other,” said Vyas.

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