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