Shimla: Not just to conserve hill area costumes, the proposed National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) at Chheb in Kangra district would provide a platform for innovation and research that would bring about international attention on traditional Himachali costumes.
State government efforts in creating leadership opportunities in the fashion world have culminated in setting up of a NIFT in Himachal, the foundation stone for which was laid on 21st January, a government spokesman said.
Besides the 12 other NIFT’s in the country, this would be the first one in North India.
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.
Professionals would be nurtured in the field of design, management and technology>
The states rich traditional woolen costumes, other apparels, jewellery and accessories would stand to benefit and get international exposure. The Institute would provide a common platform for fashion education, research and training.
The new NIFT would be having computer labs with well-equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software.
The curriculum would allow students to easily blend into a global network, as well as acquire a greater appreciation of local industry trends.
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, the spokesman said.