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help in streamlining the legislative business.

Smt. Mahajan advised the members not to limit their role to ensuring the development of their constituencies alone and keep in mind the interests of the nation. The Speaker was grateful to the House for reposing its faith in her. Smt. Mahajan said she would strive to make new healthy conventions while respecting the

striving to achieve the roadmap envisaged in the Address. The first and foremost duty of a government was to listen to the poor and work for them and the government would put every effort to empowering them. The Prime Minister focused upon the development of villages that would have the character of a village but equipped with all the facilities and amenities of a town. He highlighted the need to bring in modernization in the country’s

farming practices. He highlighted the need to ensure women’s active participation, their safety and dignity. The Prime Minister said skill development should be the top priority and the country should be transformed in to a skilled India.

Referring to the success of the Gujrat model of development, the Prime Minister was happy that it had ushered in an era of competition among the states. Welcoming criticism, the Prime

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great legacy left behind by her predecessors. On 9 June 2014, the President of India addressed both the Houses of Parliament assembled together in the Central Hall of Parliament. On 10 June, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP) moved the Motion of Thanks on President’s Address, which was seconded by Shri Ramvilas Paswan (LJP). More than 50 members participated in the debate on the Motion held on 10 and 11 June 2014.

Replying to the debate on 11

June 2014, the Prime Minister, in his maiden speech in the Lok Sabha, conveyed his heartfelt greetings to the people of the country for having voted for stability, development and good governance, thereby putting the country on the path of development and progress for the next five years. Trying to dispel the concern about the government’s sincerity in delivering the promises made in the President’s Address, he said the government would leave no stone unturned in

The National Institute of Design Act, 2014 The National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat was set up in 1961 as a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and also under the Bombay Public Trusts Act, 1950, by the Government of India in the Ministry of Industry (now known as the Ministry of Commerce and Industry), as an autonomous institution. NID is an educational and training institution that conducts graduate and post- graduate programmes in the area of design education. Realizing the strategic importance of design for national and industrial competitiveness of both manufacturing and service industries, NID has already been striving for excellence in the field of design education in the country. NID products, comprising its students and alumni, form the spearhead of the design initiative in India. Despite this, the potential of Indian design had not been fully exploited and there was an immense scope for future growth that might be achieved by establishing an institution of national importance for imparting design education with international benchmarking. In order to achieve the desired objectives, the government felt it beneficial to enact a law declaring NID as an institution of national importance in the interest of public at large.

In 2013 the then Government introduced in Rajya Sabha the National Institute of Design Bill, 2013, inter alia seeking to provide for declaration of National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, as an institution of national importance, and make it a corporate body to nurture and promote quality and excellence in design education. The Bill, however, could not be taken for consideration and passing in Rajya Sabha till July, 2014. After the General Elections that took place, the new Government took the Bill further and had it enacted.

Features of the Bill include:

• Provision has been made to declare the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad as an institution of national importance.

• The powers and duties of the Institute have been enumerated to provide for instructions, research and training in the areas or disciplines relating to design; 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 and to frame Statutes and Ordinances and to alter, modify or rescind the same.

During the discussion in both Houses of Parliament, the Bill found near unanimous support from members of Parliament.

Commending the measure as a timely initiative the members had observed the NID had done excellent work over the last 50 years and more. Members felt that in this era of knowledge society, technology driven, creativity infused society, India could lead in this domain. It was also proposed that this Institute should be given flexibility to enhance innovation.

The Minister in charge of the Bill while replying to the debate thanked members for their inputs and assured that government would consider these. Minister further assured that all centres of the NID would be equally endowed well so that they could become institutes of excellence.

The Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha on 7 July 2014 and by Lok Sabha on 9 July 2014.

The Bill as passed by both Houses of Parliament was assented to by the President on 17 July 2014.

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Minister said it served as food for the evolution of democracy. Healthy criticism of policies and programmes would help the government in revisiting these programmes and make them flawless for the benefit of the people. The Rajya Sabha adopted the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address on 11 June 2014. The short session of Lok Sabha concluded on 11 June 2014.

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