National Entrance Examination For Design scrapped

A DESIGN ENTRANCE examination, on the lines of Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and IIMs’ Combined Admission Test (CAT), for entry into seven design institutions, including the premier National Institute of Design (NID), has been scrapped just a year after being introduced.

NID had taken the initiative for conducting the National Entrance Examination For Design (NEED) last year and had roped in six design institutes.

These institutes included Sristi School of Art, Design and Technology Bangalore, DJ Academy Coimbatore, Wigen & Leigh, Pearl Academy, IILM Gurgaon and Indian Institute of Crafts & Design, Jaipur.

NID feels the scope of the test should be expanded as there were requests from several other design schools. NID now wants to set up a consortium of design schools providing quality design education before rolling out NEED.

Although not on the scale of IIT-JEE or CAT in terms of numbers, NEED was conceived as a one-stop test for admission to India’s D-Schools. The idea was to create a database of candidates based on their ranking in the test that could be used by the candidates to secure admission to other Design Schools.

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