Institute of National Importance (INI) is a status that may be conferred to a higher education institution in India by an act of parliament, an institution which “serves as a pivotal player in developing highly skilled personnel within the specified region of the country/state”.
INIs receive special recognition and funding.
The list includes IITs, NITs, IISER, AIIMS, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research(NIPER), ISM, Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha etc.
According to the notification: The status of `Institution of National Importance` would authorise NID, Ahmedabad to award degree to its students. This, in turn, may prove to be beneficial for students who wish to pursue post graduation. This will fulfill the need to professionalize, standardize and internationally benchmark professional design education in India, so as to take full advantage of opportunities opening up for the design industry, both in domestic as well as in international markets.