The bill, which was introduced by the government in 2013, will enable the NID to conduct research and training in all disciplines related to design, confer honorary degrees, diploma, certificates and awards and other academic distinctions and titles in disciplines relating to design.
It will also enable the NID to undertake sponsored and funded research as well as consultancy projects.
The NID was set up in 1961 as a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, and also under the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950, as an autonomous institution. It is an educational institution that conducts graduate and post-graduate programmes in design education.
The bill was passed by voice vote.