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Written by Ganesh   
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
New Delhi: In a bid to give a fillip to the growing importance of the automobile sector in the country, the Department of Heavy Industry has proposed setting up a National Automotive Design Institute (NADI) to enhance its competitiveness.

Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh, Union Minister for Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises said that NADI would be an important initiative as the designing capabilities within the country are still limited and the automobile manufacturers are currently outsourcing this from international design centres.

Shri Deshmukh made the announcement while outlining the features of the 100-day agenda of the Ministry. The proposal is part of the 100-day agenda of the Ministry of Heavy Industry and Public Enterprises, which was announced by the Union Minister Shri Deshmukh.

The working group on automotive industry for 11th five year plan had recommended setting up of an auto design centre at National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad and development of technical design data centre as part of Centre of Excellence in National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project (NATRIP).

According to the ministry the 5 year period from 2001-02 to 2006-07 witnessed an overall average growth rate of approximately 15 percent. In 2007-08 and 2008-09 the Indian automotive industry has already attained a turnover of Rs 2,21,507 crore and Rs 2,19,000 crore respectively. For the Indian auto Industry to grow and become truly globally competitive, it is essential that adequate investment takes place in auto R&D and auto designing.

With the growing automotive market in India, the customers are always looking for newer vehicle styling. Automobile designing has therefore become as much important as the fuel efficiency or the safety and ergonomics. The setting up of indigenous auto designing capabilities through a National Automobile Design Institute is therefore essential for the growth of Indian auto Industry, the Minister added.

India ranks as the world’s second largest manufacturer of two wheelers and ninth largest car manufacturer. World’s largest manufacturer of two wheelers is located in India.

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