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NID on Expansion Mode

The Central Government will set up four National Institutes of Design ( NID ) in the coming four years. This will cost ₹ 540 crore to the exchequer but will increase the number of seats by approximately 2,000. The institutes will come up in Hyderabad, Kanpur, Bhopal and Jorhat during the 12th Plan.

The States concerned are providing about 30 acres of land to set up campuses. Each institute will impart training to 500 students every year.

The NID functions as an autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion ( Ministry of Commerce and Industry ). At present, the main NID campus is at Ahmedabad with two more campuses, one at Gandhinagar and another at Bangalore.

The aim is to expand design education to other countries having similar socio – economic lifestyles as India. There is also a proposal to convert NID into a Centre of Excellence.

The government, with the assistance of the Ford Foundation and the Sarabhai family, established the National Institute of Industrial Design, as it was originally called, as an autonomous all – India body in September 1961 at Ahmedabad. Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira played a major role in the establishment and early years of NID.

Today, the NID is internationally acclaimed as one of the finest educational and research institutions for Industrial, Communication, Textile and IT Integrated ( Experiential ) Design. It is an autonomous institution under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and is recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research as a scientific and industrial research organisation.

The Institute offers professional education programmes at the undergraduate and postgraduate level with five faculty streams and 17 diverse design domains. It has established exchange programmes with 38 overseas institutions.

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NID Entrance Exam for GDPD, PGDPD 2012

National Institute of Design Entrance Exam Application Form 2013

A. For General Category :

The application form may be downloaded from NID website : The completed application forms may be posted to NID / handed over physically with supporting documents and Demand Draft of ₹ 1,500 /- drawn on any nationalized bank in favour of ‘National Institute of Design’ payable at Ahmedabad.

Those applying for two disciplines must send two separate NID application forms along with two separate sets of documents. Any application form not accompanied with set of relevant documents will be rejected.

National Institute of Design application form fee ( ₹ 1,500 / ₹ 750 ) for rejected applications will not be refunded. No official communication will be made regarding rejected application forms.

B. For Reserved Category :

The application form may be downloaded from NID website : The completed NID application forms may be posted to NID / handed over physically with supporting documents and Demand Draft of ₹ 750 /- drawn on any nationalized bank in favour of ‘National Institute of Design’ payable at Ahmedabad. The applicant should also send in an attested copy of the relevant reserved category certificate from competent authority.

Attested copies of Caste / Category Certificates required from Reserved Category Candidates : Reserved category candidates must attach relevant certificates of Caste / Category as per the Government of India rules / format, otherwise the application form will be rejected.

OBC ( Other Backward Class ) candidates are required to submit non creamy layer certificate from Collectorate. PH ( Physically Handicapped ) candidates are required to submit certificate from the Chief Medical Officer ( minimum 40% disability ).

Note :

  • Incomplete or incorrectly filled NID application forms or forms not satisfying eligibility criteria or forms without required fees will be rejected.

NID Important Dates 2013

  • Last date for receiving completed application forms at NID : 2nd November, 2012.
  • NID Design Aptitude Test for GDPD : 20th January, 2013.
  • NID Design Aptitude Test for PGDPD : 19th January, 2013.

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NID to Get the Status of Center of Excellence; will Grant Degrees

The NID ( National Institute of Design ) will soon get the status of ‘Center of Excellence’ which will make it at par with premier institutes such as IIM and IITs.

The bill is in its final stage and will be soon presented in Parliament for Union cabinet to approve. Once the institute gets the status of national importance it will award degrees just like other institutes of excellence. Presently the students pursing UG and PG programs at the institute are awarded diplomas.

NID Gandhinagar has planned to set up a jewellery design center, an automobile research and design and a mess of recreation center in the 12th Five Year Plan period for which the Center has approved a budget of ₹ 25 crore.

Union minister of commerce, industry and textile lauded the role of institute in brining glory to the nation. NID has been the hub for invention of design of cars such as Renault, Hyundai and Tata Nano. The institute has also played a key role in strengthening women through a project called basketry craft making which the prime minister had announced during India Africa Forum Summit.

The plan is to set up 4 new NIDs in India during the 12th Five Year Plan. Addition of 4 new NIDs would create 2500 more seats for the students aspiring to make a career in design. The aim is to expand design education to other countries having similar socio economic life styles as India.

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Applications invited for Courses at NID

The National Institute of Design (NID), Paldi, Ahmedabad, has invited applications for an entrance test to be held on 8th and 9th January, 2011 for admission to its postgraduate diploma program in design (PGDPD) and graduate diploma program in design (GDPD) for the year 2011- 12.


GDPD is a four-year professional full time course offered at NID main campus, Ahmedabad.

Total Seats : 100.

Specialisations available in GDPD course are the following :

Industrial Design (35 Seats) : It consists of product design, furniture and interior design, ceramic and glass design.

Communication Design (50 Seats) : It consists of graphic design, animation film design, film and video communication, exhibition (spatial) design.

Lifestyle Design (15 seats)

Those who have passed the Plus Two examination in any subject combination and those who are planning to appear for the examination in March 2011 are eligible to appear for GDPD national level entrance test to be held on 9th January, 2011. The upper age limit is 20.

PGDPD is a two to two-and-a-half year long full time program.

Total Seats : 45 seats.

This course is offered at the following NID campuses :

Main Campus, Ahmedabad

Specialisations : product design (15 seats); furniture and interior design (15); ceramic and glass design (10); graphic design (15); animation film design (15); film and video communication (15); textile design (15).

PG Campus, Gandhinagar

Transportation and automobile design (15); toy and game design (10); photography design (15); apparel design and merchandising (15); lifestyle accessory design (15); new media design (15); strategic design management (15).

R&D Campus, Bangalore

Information and interface design (15); design for digital experience (15); design for retail experience (15).

Entrance test for PGDPD will be held on 8th January, 2011 at all the above centres.


Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in the relevant discipline or those appearing for final qualifying examination are eligible to appear for PGDPD entrance test.

Application forms and other details can be downloaded from the website Duly filled in application along with a demand draft for 1,500 drawn on any nationalised bank in favour of National Institute of Design payable at Ahmedabad and true copies of relevant certificates should be sent to thementioned address :

National Institute of Design,
Ahmedabad – 380007

The applications must be sent so as to reach the addressee on or before 12th November, 2010.

Application forms and information brochure can also be obtained from select branches of Bank of India on payment of 1,500 from 14th October, 2010 onwards.

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PG Entrance Test

Applications are invited for All India Postgraduate Medical / Dental Entrance Examination (AIPGMEE 2011) to be conducted by AIIMS Delhi on 8th January, 2011 for admission to MD / MS / diploma and MDS courses under the 50 per cent seats quota in various medical and dental colleges in the country.

Indian Nationals who possess MBBS / BDS degree from a recognised institute can apply.

Last Date : 31st March, 2011.

Candidates can apply online from 18th October, 2010 to 16th November, 2010 through the website

The cost of application-cum-examination fee is 1,000.

Last Date : 16th November, 2010.


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