As of 17 July 2014, the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, (NID) is a duly recognized degree-granting institution in India.
Section 22 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, states: “The right of conferring or granting degrees shall be exercised only by [inter alia] an institution specially empowered by an Act of Parliament to confer or grant degrees.”
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DESIGN ACT, 2014, NO. 18 OF 2014 [17th July, 2014] is an Act of Indian Parliament with the assent of the President of India.
Section 6 of the Act concerns the powers of the NID, which includes awarding degrees: “6. (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Institute shall exercise the following powers and perform the following duties, namely: . . . (b) to develop courses leading to graduate and post-graduate degrees, doctoral and post-doctoral distinctions and research in all areas or disciplines relating to design; (c) to hold examinations and grant degrees, and diplomas and other academic distinctions or titles in the areas or disciplines relating to design . . .
Prior to the 2014, NID was declared an Institute of National Importance in 2013.