Punjab gets a fashion boost!

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) comes to Ludhiana and Mohali

Punjab gets a fashion boost - Progressive Punjab, Developing Punjab

Fashion is a demand of every generation. Despite facing critical analysis on the point of such emphasis and command that fashion retains in our lives, it remains an integral part of not only our expression as an individual but also becomes a core representation of our cultures and value system. Fashion is not a shallow instinct being catered for the vain, but rather a bold form of expression that derives it meaning from the creative and artistic nature of the designer. With the growth of fashion industry with a boom in demand for different varieties by the fashion conscious citizens of India, a niche has been created for fashion designers who are not afraid to challenge the traditions and explore the boundaries of creativity. With the goal of helping the budding fashion designers of Punjab achieve their potential, the government of Punjab has set up two National Institutes of Fashion Technology at Ludhiana and Mohali.

The establishment of NIFT was first proposed by the Ministry of Textiles, under the aegis of the Government of India. With the set up in 1986, the objective of NIFT was to educate the youth in the various sectors of the fashion world, mainly the design, management and technical knowledge to stand at par with the leading international fashion communities, and also to develop the fashion industry of India.

With its head office in New Delhi, NIFT has emerged as the premier institution for fashion design, management and technology. The Punjab government strives to bring to the state the national institutes of repute which will not only strength the education sector of Punjab, but also provide excellent educational facilities and industrial skills without having to bear the burden of going out of state. Realising that there is a great need for the presence of highly reputed national fashion institutes for the young fashion conscious students, the government of Punjab has worked for the actualisation of not one but two NIFTs in the state!

The NIFT Ludhiana has been recently put forward by the Ministry of Textiles, after repeated demands and vying by the Punjab government and the prospering textiles industry in Ludhiana. The state government of Punjab has agreed to bear the responsibility of providing the land for the NIFT Ludhiana campus and also to bear the capital cost. With a flourishing textiles industry, the presence of NIFT will definitely put Ludhiana at the frontiers of the fashion designing and development in India.

The Punjab government came up with the innovative idea of turning the Northern Indian Institute of Fashion technology (NIIFT) Mohali campus into NIFT campus by handing over the reins to the NIFT Delhi through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two.

The presence of two NIFTs in Punjab will help in fashion skill development of the youth which will provide job opportunities with credible degrees for their prosperous future, not only in Punjab but wherever the demand arises.


AFPI: Making Journey to NDA Easier

Maharaja Ranjit Singh armed forces preparatory institute in Mohali is a jewel in the crown of the Punjab government. To combat the issue of unemployed youth, the Punjab government implemented a unique institution that would benefit not only the people of Punjab, but would serve the entire nation. As the name suggests, AFPI aims at moulding young able bodied boys of Punjab and prepare them for the journey towards National Defence Academy, where soldiers are born.

AFPI -  Making Journey to NDA Easier


Maharaja Ranjit Singh AFPI is bestowed with the guardianship of Major General Baljit Singh Grewal, a retired officer with impeccable service record and achievements. He’s the first Director of the institution since its inception in 2010. In his vigilant custody, the institution has flourished and rolled out many brilliant candidates who have successfully cleared the entrance for NDA. Each year cadets of AFPI add to the triumph of the institute, to the utmost pride of the Punjab government and the state.

The Punjab government fully realises the potential of its youth. No expense has been spared to give AFPI every facility to train its pupils. These boys are trained with vigour in many disciplines to produce future leaders of the Indian army. The training is intense and focuses on many aspects of development. Academics is heavily stressed upon where science subjects pertaining to the non-medical field, which are Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Computer Science/Physical Education, are provided so that future of the cadets is secure even if they decide to not pursue the path towards NDA.

With the intellectual skills covered, the physical skills are also nurtured with discipline. Outdoor training regime is constructed in a way so as to develop the fitness level of the boys as per NDA standards. Physical training, swimming, drills, Equitation training, sports, firing are encouraged to settle the cadets in the state of mind of army men.

An army officer is not just a soldier. He is a hero and pride of his nation. In lieu with that, the government has insisted that the curriculum should aim to develop officer like qualities in all the cadets. Training programmes include special lectures by veteran soldiers, training films, occasional visits to military establishments, soft skills and even extra effort has been made to inculcate good grasp of English language for adequate communication.

AFPI was introduced to pave an easier way for the young boys of Punjab to fulfil their dream of serving in the Indian army. Ambitious young men are guided thoroughly so that directly after their 10th standard, they can focus on striving for their aim.

This initiative by the Punjab government has not only served its purpose with exceptional results but also boosted the morale of the aspiring youth so that they can walk a more productive path of building up the nation. It has always been the aim of the government to ensure that the full potential of the youth of Punjab is realised. AFPI is yet another milestone achieved with success to guide the young impressionable boys of Punjab towards a bright future.

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