"NID Assam envisions design education, research and practice, with a focus on creativity & innovation in making things meaningful, usable, inclusive and delightful. Will look ahead to connecting with social, health, livelihood and lifestyle sectors’ needs and wants, both through digital and indigenous technologies and cultures. Moreover, the institute aims in creating a culture of Design Entrepreneurship amongst its students and faculty." - Prof. V. Ravishankar, Director.
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. 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 Andhra Pradesh (Amaravati), Assam (Jorhat), Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal) and Haryana (Kurukshetra).
The National Institute of Design (NID), Assam is an autonomous Institution of National Importance under Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) (erstwhile Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India established at Jorhat through the NID (Amendment) Act, 2019 passed by the Parliament of India. It is an Institution established to provide Design Education and has the mandate to award the Bachelor’s degree in Design (B.Des.). The Institute commenced its academic session from 29th July 2019. NID Assam’s presence in Jorhat gives a great opportunity to young creative talent and design aspirants from North East India and across the country.