Union commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma laid the foundation stone of the National Institute of Design (NID) at Umri village, 11 km from Kurukshetra town, on Wednesday afternoon.
Stating that the institute would be raised in technical collaboration with Japan, Sharma said faculty-exchange programmes would be arranged with the country that led the world in innovative designing.
The second campus of the institute, which was first established in Ahmedabad in 1961, is expected to start functioning at Umri village in 2015-16 with a batch of 500 students.
“Three more NIDs are being planned at Jorhat (Assam), Hyderabad and Bhopal to cater to the students of the respective regions. I have directed officials concerned to start the Kurukshetra project, worth Rs 160 crore, without any delay,” Sharma said.
Sharma gave credit to chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda for convincing the central government to open several national institutes in Haryana, including National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) at Panchkula, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) at Sonepat, Central Institute of Plastics and Engineering at Panipat.
The minister said that Japan had emerged as an important nation as it was not only investing capital but also sharing its technological expertise.
“Japan is playing an important role in various projects, including the Gurgaon-Manesar-Bawal mass rapid transit system (Rs 30,000 crore), Global City Project, Gurgaon, (Rs 6,000 crore), and Logistics Hub, Rewari, (Rs 3,000 crore) under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC),” Sharma said.
He said that Haryana, due to continuous development, had emerged as a thriving economy of the country.
Appreciating the Umri panchayat for providing 20-acre land for the NID project, the chief minister announced a special grant of Rs 1 crore for the panchayat and decided to open a polytechnic college adjacent to the institute, an autonomous entity under the ministry of commerce and industry recognised by the central government as a scientific and industrial research organisation.