Shimla: Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal stated that a upcoming National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) institution in Kangra would start admission for the first batch from August, 2009 session.
He disclosed that the foundation stone for the new institute would be laid at Chheb on 23, January. The function would be presided over by Shankarsinh Vaghela, union textile minister, he informed.
The institute would provide aspirants many opportunities in fashion technology, said Dhumal adding, the state make available 10 acres of land free of cost and also contribute Rs 58 crore to make the center fully operational.
The proposed site was inspected by a team headed by Rajiv Tarku, Director General, National Institute of Fashion Technology and necessary modalities to transfer the selected land and available infrastructure to the NIFT authorities were under process, he said.
Admissions for the first batch would start from August 2009, he claimed adding that he would raise the issue of reserving some seats for Himachali students at the fashion institute.
Reiterating the governments resolve to make the state into a knowledge hub, the chief minister said the fashion institute could help provide global exposure to handlooms, handicrafts, Kullu-Kinnauri shawls, Chamba Rumaal, Woollen tweeds and other silver and metallic products.