National Institute of Design

National Institute of Design
Motto Pradyumna Gela Bhosdiyat (Sanskrit)
Type Autonomous National Institution
Established 1961
Chairman Anand Mahindra[1]
Academic staff
Undergraduates 100
Postgraduates 245
Location Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Campus Urban

Coordinates: 23°0′40″N 72°34′10″E / 23.01111°N 72.56944°E / 23.01111; 72.56944 The National Institute of Design (NID) is a design school in Ahmedabad, India. The institute functions as an autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. NID is recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research under Ministry of Science and Technology, government of India, as a scientific and industrial design research organisation.

NID is accorded as "Institute of National Importance" by Act of Parliament, under the National Institute of Design Act, 2014.[2]


As a result of the Industrial Policy Resolution of 1956, the government of India invited the design team of Charles and Ray Eames to recommend a programme of design to serve as an aid to small industries in India. On the basis of their document, 'The India Report', the government of India set up the National Institute of Design in 1961 as an autonomous national institution for research, service and training in industrial design and visual communication. The Sarabhai family, especially Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira, played a major role in establishment of this institute.[3] Designer and sculptor Dashrath Patel was its founder secretary. He held the post till 1981, and was awarded the Padma Shri in the same year.[4]


The institute has 3 active campuses, Main Campus-Ahmedabad, Post Graduate Campus - Gandhinagar and the third one is Bengaluru Campus - Bengaluru. Other three new NIDs were established by Government of India in 2015 and later.

Name Established State/UT
National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad ("Heritage Campus") 1961 Gujarat
National Institute of Design, Post Graduate Campus, Gandhinagar 19 July 2004 Gujarat
National Institute of Design, Bengaluru Campus, Bengaluru 31 March 2006 Karnataka
Other NIDs
National Institute of Design, Vijayawada 7 September 2015 Andhra Pradesh
National Institute of Design, Jorhat 2015 Assam
National Institute of Design, Kurukshetra 2016 Haryana

National Institute of Design, Bengaluru Campus, Bengaluru

The National Institute of Design Bengaluru Campus, located in Bengaluru, Karnataka, specializes in research and development activities related to design.


The Bangalore office of NID was initially located at Rajaji Nagar and functioned as an interface to coordinate projects between the main institute at Ahmedabad and the technology industry which is centred on Bangalore.

A campus was later planned to be built at Yeshwantpur, a suburb in northwest Bangalore. The new campus was built at a cost of 7.5 crores and was officially inaugurated on 31 March 2006 by Dr Darlie O'Koshy, who was the executive director of NID at the time.[5]


The campus is located 3 km from Yeshwantpur railway station on the arterial Tumkur Road (National Highway 4) that connects Bangalore and Mumbai. The campus is in proximity to two other Central Government Institutes, Central Manufacturing Technology Institute (CMTI) and Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute (IPIRTI), and is 5 km away from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) along the same road.

The Campus can be accessed by public transport buses operated by the BMTC from the junction of Outer Ring Road and Tumkur Road at Gorguntepalya or Peenya on Tumkur Road. The campus is also accessible by the Bangalore Metro and is located near the Peenya Metro Station.

National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar

The National Institute of Design, Gandhinagar is an extension campus of National Institute of Design, situated in the city of Gandhinagar. It provides postgraduate courses in various fields.[6]


Industry and online programs

NID =conducts workshops for industry professionals and students all year long. Some of these are for industry professionals only.[7]

NODE - NIDs Online Design Education

In December 2015, NID launched NODE (NIDs Online Design Education),[3][8] an online initiative which delivers self-directed and self-paced design classes from the faculty of the National Institute of Design to students across the country. Students need not be enrolled in NID, and must only pay a nominal fee, to take these classes. NID does not issue physical certificates on course completion. Only a digital certificate is issued.[9] The first course was launched on 23 December 2015, titled "Design Fundamentals", and consisted of 47 online classes.


Dfrost is the annual design and cultural festival hosted by the National Institute of Design R&D campus, Bangalore. It is held around the 20th of March every year.[10]

Proposed NIDs

National Institute of Design, Kurukshetra is under construction which was opened by Haryana CM Bhupendra Singh Hooda in 2012. The creation of four NIDs was suggested as part of the government's 2007 National Design Policy.[11]

The foundation stone for National Institute of Design, Jorhat was laid by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in February 2011,[12] while land has also been earmarked for the Telangana campus in the state capital Hyderabad.[11]

Notable alumni

Notable alumni of the institute include:

See also


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