Rajya Sabha passes bill on National Institutes of Design in four states

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  1. Rajya Sabha has passed the National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill,2019.The Bill seeks to amend the National Institute of Design Act, 2014. 
  2. The bill seeks to declare four National Institutes of Design in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam and Haryana as institutions of national importance. 
  3. Currently,these institutes are registered as Societies under the Societies Registration Act,1860 and do not have the power to grant degrees or diplomas. 
  4. On being declared institutions of national importance,the four institutes will be granted the power to grant degrees and diplomas.