24 Feb : National Institute of Fashion Technology, premier Institutes of Design, Management and Technology have been playing a crucial role in benchmarking performance and processes in the areas of fashion education, research and development, training and consultancy. One such institute is being set-up at Chheb in Kangra district, thanks to the relentless efforts made by the State Government to get this premier institute sanctioned for the State. The foundation stone of this Institute, 13th in entire India and first in Northern India, was laid on 21st January, 2009. This would help the youth of this hill State to debut in the glamorous world of fashion.
NIFT would provide an opportunity to students and trainees enter into international fashion arena and bring laurels to the State. Himachal Pradesh is rich in many traditional woollen costumes which could be a part of fashion technology and the Institution would popularize the same in the international fashion world. The Institute would also help in popularizing the woollen fashions and clothes of the State, besides apparels, jewellery and accessories etc. In the age of extending par excellence to all regions and areas, vocational education is the only mode to find assured employment to the educated youth of the State. The high profile fashion designing jobs await quality professionals to take up the global challenges in fashion technology. NIFT centre at Chheb in Kangra district would ensure academic standards and excel in leadership by providing a pool of creative genius and technically competent professionals. The Institute would provide a common platform for fashion education, research and training.
The National Institute of Fashion Technology to be set-up with an estimated expenditure of Rs 60 crore, aims at establishing the benchmark for the quality of professionals that go into the fashion industry. The Institute would provide comprehensive and state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment to impart both practical and theoretical training. The facilities and services offered to the students would allow them the freedom to experiment and generate creative ideas. Creative architecture and spacious buildings would house fully equipped lecture rooms, design studios and laboratories, resource centres, activity centres and hostels. The Institute would house spacious conference/seminar halls that serve as perfect meeting grounds for presentations, interaction and discussions.
Well-equipped classrooms would be using advanced teaching methodology, designed for highly interactive sessions. The success of fashion professionals rests on their ability to integrate Fashion and Information Technology in a meaningful way. Thus, the NIFT at Chheb would be having computer labs well-equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software. The NIFT campus would have ample space to host events, allowing students to pursue their individual interests related to their studies and work towards social concerns. This institute would not only provide opportunity to youths throughout the country to have skills in the fashion technology and allied fields, but also add to the local infrastructural substantially as Rs 60 crore would be spent on this Institute.
The curriculum at the NIFT would allow students to easily blend into a global network, as well as acquire a greater appreciation of local industry trends. The multi-disciplinary and broad-based structure aims at an all-round development of students. Deriving from the changing paradigms of industry and commerce, its content as well as the methodology would be constantly reviewed by academic and industry experts. Teaching at the Institute would incorporate a cohesive, contextual and nurturing environment for learning. The emphasis would be laid on self-motivated learning by using information, experience and practice.
It would emerge as the premier Institute of Design, Management and Technology, developing professionals for taking up leadership positions in fashion world in the emerging global scenario with special reference of hilly area costumes and requirements. Indian civilization, customs and tradition were the base for rare innovation and research in fashion technology world which was incomparable with rest of the world. Not only this, the Institute would help in providing the traditional Himachali costumes an international platform, besides providing the youth of the State international standard of education.