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