A parliamentary panel has sought the views of stakeholders on a Bill to make the Ahmedabad-based National Institute of Design (NID) an institute of national importance.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce has sought the views on the National Institute of Design Bill, 2013, an official statement said.

The Bill “seeks to provide for the declaration of NID, Ahmedabad, as an institution of national importance and make it a body corporate to nurture and promote quality and excellence in design education, to conduct research and training in all disciplines related to design; to confer honorary degrees, diplomas, certificates, awards and other academic distinctions or titles in disciplines relating to design...,” it said.

“...and to act as a nucleus for interaction between academia and industry by encouraging exchange of designers and other technical staff between the institute and the industry and undertaking sponsored and funded research as well as consultancy projects,” it added.

The Bill, which was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on March 11, has been referred to the department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Commerce headed by Shanta Kumar for examination and report.

It said “the committee has decided to invite memoranda containing views/ suggestions/ comments from individuals/ experts/ stakeholders, interested in the subject matter of the Bill, and also to hear oral evidence on the subject”.

The views should be sent within 15 days of publication of this advertisement.

“The memoranda submitted to the committee would form part of the records of the committee and will be treated as confidential,” it added.