Seemandhra Union Ministers asked Central government in a meeting on 28 February 2014 to move the National Institute of Design (NID) in the Seemandhra region from Hyderabad to Vijayawada.
The Seemandhra ministers also obtained approval of 3 Kendriya Vidyalaya schools to be established in Kadapa, Guntur and East Godavari districts, each at an expenditure of Rs 15 crore.
The discussion held during the Union cabinet meeting that took place at Prime Minister’s residence on 28 February.
With an aim to preserve the existing condition of Andhra Pradesh, the ministers of Seemandhra raised objection to the Centre's decision of setting up NID in Hyderabad. Besides Hyderabad, 3 more such institutes are to be set up in Jorhat (Assam), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Kurukshetra (Haryana).
The Division is painful due to presence of heavy concentration of development in Hyderabad, told the Union textiles minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao. He also raised objection on building NID in Hyderabad.
MM Pallam Raju and Chiranjeevi have also supported textile minister Kavuri and urged the Prime Minister to relocate the new NID from Hyderabad to Vijayawada. Further, Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh, has also sustained the idea of transfer.
The Cabinet ultimately came to a decision of NID to be finally set up in Vijayawada, instead of Hyderabad.
To build 4 more proposed NIDs the Centre will shell out near about Rs. 434 crore for their establishment and to make them all a centre of excellence.
The 4 more institutes are to offer both under-graduate and post graduate programmes in design disciplines with a focus to meet the regional needs.