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In early 2007, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (erstwhile Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India had envisioned the National Design Policy aimed at creating a design-enabled innovation economy and strengthening design education in the country.

With design and innovation taking prime importance in many sectors, policies, and schemes of the government such as "Make in India”, “Skill India”, “Digital India”, “Startup India”, and “Smart City initiatives” to name a few, it is imperative to promote design education to the next level. India needs the skill and expertise of professionally trained designers to contribute to the national missions announced by Central Government.

The National Design Policy had recommended setting up design institutes on the lines of NID, Ahmedabad in various parts of India to promote design programmes. Under this Action Plan, 4 new NIDs have been set up in Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal), Andhra Pradesh (Amaravati), Assam (Jorhat) and Haryana (Kurukshetra).

Establishing new NIDs as Institutions of National Importance in different geographical regions of the country will help produce highly skilled manpower in design which, in turn will create job opportunities, both direct and indirect, by providing sustainable design interventions for crafts, handloom, rural technology, small, medium and large-scale enterprises; and outreach programmes for capacity, capability and institution building.

NID Madhya Pradesh had commenced its first academic session with a batch of 57 students from its own campus at Acharpura in Bhopal in July 2019.

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Professor Dhiraj Kumar had joined the Institute as Director in January 2019. He is a passionate, meticulous and enterprising design professional. Prof. Dhiraj is a man of principles, who firmly believes in discipline as the fundamental building block of education environment.

Prof. Dhiraj feels that a creative & progressive approach is key to institution building. He is a discerning and conscientious team leader who believes in setting clear goals for his team and drive them to stick to core objectives with clear responsibility and authority in a system driven manner with ample scope to accommodate human aspects.

He seeks to apply his knowledge and extensive experience of design education for masses, to seamlessly integrate traditional approach and latest innovation and technology for the betterment of society.