The National Institute of Design (NID) is most likely to be one of the iconic structures in the neighbourhood of the secretariat building which was inaugurated by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday. The land for the Central institute is already allocated on the Secretariat boulevard and the construction of the building will be completed by 2018, according to a top official at NID.
Speaking to the Media at the Rain Tree Park, a residential apartment cluster that houses most of NID students and faculty near Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU), Prof. Paresh Chaudhry, Incharge Academics at NID, said, “The land is allocated in Amaravati. I've seen the map where NID is marked in the neighbourhood of secretariat building. It's centrally located in a beautiful eco-friendly location with a lake on one side and greenery on the other side."
At present, the NID is operating in the transit campus within ANU. The Central institution has already completed one year and the first batch of students will be receiving their certificates by the end of May, according to Prof. Chaudhry. “We are on track now and the next batch, with 60 students, is all set to start form June. The all India entrance examination is already conducted," he said.
The government is also keen on completing certain iconic structures around the secretariat shortly, according to a top government official in AP. As of now, there are four NIDs in the country including the one in Amaravati and three more are expected to come up in Punjab, Assam and Madhya Pradesh in the coming one year. While India has fewer than 10 design institutes, China has over 400 such institutes.
Coming to the demand for design professionals, there are ample opportunities according to market experts. There is a dearth of talent in design applications in several industrial segments such as realty, aeronautics, communication devices, automobile and user interface of systems.
“It's a combination of science and aesthetics. There are tremendous opportunities for the students in the segment. Communication design and space design for cities are the most sought after aspects in the segment in India. Cities like Amaravati can be designed in such a way that no one needs to consult anybody for directions. It's the need of the hour in India," said Prof. Chaudhry.