nift: Nift-p gives wings to Edu fashion | Patna News

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Patna: The National Institute of Fashion Technology, Patna, which started operating in the last week of July in 2008, has come a long, long way in its 14 years of existence. It is now ranked among the top five fashion educational institutions in the country and the first among institutions established after the year 2000.
The NIFT-Patna journey has been a challenge from the start. Fostering a new generation of creative thinkers, the institute enabled them to articulate the ideology of world-class learning practices and try to synchronize it with clusters from India or vice versa. The institute has strategic alliances with handicraft clusters, weaver service centers, KVIC, etc. across the country and multiple entrepreneurs who are committed to staying rooted and committed to cluster excellence.
The vision of the institute encompasses challenges and provides impetus for setting the highest academic standards. NIFT continues to strive to be the best and this time in 2022 we have the loom and craft community connected with us digitally. Even the times of Covid have not derailed the NIFT in its ambition to have very close ties to the way India should think today, the Atmanirbhar way.
In 2008, when NIFT Patna had just started expressing its first design ideas, we were approached for a design intervention related to bed sheets which were supposed to be used in all government hospitals. The problem posed was how to ensure that the change of bed sheets happens every day. There was an instant response from our side – RAINBOW, where every color in the rainbow could be used to dye a stripe on those white sheets and issue standard commands to ensure that color would be used for this day of the week! This will ensure that the use of the sheets, if reused without washing, only occurs after six days. The sheets, to be made by the weavers of the different poles and the need for sheets would be enough to give them a lasting job. The leaves are called ‘satrangi chaddars’.
Also, a few days after the start of operation, on August 7, 2008, we received an invitation to prepare a painting for the Ministry of Industry for the August 15 celebrations. Time was short, the students were new, and the faculty complement was at a bare minimum. The idea was to tell the world that there was a design school in Bihar that had just started and we needed to communicate that it would be a great place to learn. We had the painting done and this 20 day institution paraded proudly with the painting which won many accolades that year.
The result is that the design ambitions have given way to many young minds residing in the villages and small towns of Bihar. A budding young designer came out to compete and had his logo selected for the 2016 South Asian Games.
I believe that today in India we have many such stories from various corners of the country and we can all guarantee that the potential for such hitherto less traveled roads to be taken has increased so much that today’s world has become witness to a legion of design warriors, clad in harnesses of glamour, leading captive hordes of consumers across regions and branding them with their brands.
The design industry linked to the textile and apparel industry, a big contributor to the Indian economy, is trying to become a hub of innovation. Fashion and its range offer many possibilities for choosing it as a career, and today the industry has become so compartmentalized that it needs specialists in design, materials, management and related fields. to production. India has what it takes to create its own distinct sensation in design – and the industry has done just that. Today, you see graduates from Indian fashion schools stepping onto the world stage with great success.
Technology, with its power to connect instantly and directly with the consumer through social media, has helped democratize the industry and the glamor that comes with it. It has evolved from a secret and exclusive club to one that invites mass participation. The appeal of design as a career has increased in proportion to this.
The CBSE’s decision to introduce Fashion Studies as a school subject in 2004 has given a further boost to fashion education in India, exposing the younger generation to design at an early age and encouraging more parents to let their children choose it as a career rather than more conventional paths. To add to the above, the National Design Policy, 2011 emphasizes the importance of strategic plans to promote design interventions in India.
Indian fashion education has been widely accepted internationally, leading to significant collaboration opportunities with leading design schools around the world; this opened avenues for developing new programs and organizing student and faculty exchanges and research cooperation between countries. Indian design schools are now offering PhD programs, which in itself is a great achievement that recognizes the reach and international acceptance of these programs.
(The writer is director of NIFT Patna)
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