We wish to make the following clarification regarding your report in the Indian Express of 11 October 2012 regarding Plan for new NIDs (quoted below). Vision First team has been contributing actively towards the Open Design School and New Design Innovation Centres, which are initiatives from the office of Mr Sam Pitroda and has been doing so at their invitation. We are, as yet, not involved in the implementation.
On behalf of Vision First team.
Plan for new NIDs gains pace
Meanwhile, the governing council of the existing NID — which currently has campuses in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar and Bangalore — has been directed to begin brainstorming on how the four new NIDs would be governed, particularly on whether they should each have their own directors and governing boards like the IIMs and IITs or be more centralised with one director-general looking after operations in various campuses, as is the case with the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).
A final call on this is expected to be taken once the Planning Commission (PC) finalises the financial allocation for the new NIDs although the current NID is most likely to handhold the new institutes at least in the beginning, according to NID Director Pradyumna Vyas, who has lately been frequenting Delhi and the planned sites as part of finalisation moves.
On the other hand, the PC has also been lending an attentive ear to a group of senior design faculty calling themselves the Vision First Team and is reportedly considering setting up an Open Design School (ODS) and several Design Innovation Centres (DICs) alongside.
The team enjoys strong backing from Sam Pitroda, chairman of the National Innovation Council, and had in fact gotten a considerable toehold in after the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) — under which NID functions — was forced to float new Request For Proposals (RFPs) for new NIDs in mid-2011. Bids for the first RFP had been found unsatisfactory.
The DIPP had been struggling to get funding for the new institutes after the PC did not provide the Rs 534 crore that were estimated as needed for the project, and had to resort to seeing if a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model could be explored.