Kangra: National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, will award doctorate degrees in fashion designing. Thiru Dayanidhi Maran, Union Minister of Textiles, told the press that Kangra's Centre for Apparel and Textile Studies would be first of its kind institute in the country to offer doctorate degrees in fashion designing, fashion communication, accessory design, textile design and fashion technology.
Dayanidhi Maran further mentioned that the central government is considering setting up NIFT centres in Punjab, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh. NIFT has already reached agreements with 29 leading fashion institutes of the world, under which the students and faculty would visit various countries to study new fashion trends.
Last year, in January, the Former Textile Minister Shankarsingh Vaghela had laid the foundation stone of this institute. The Kangra centre is the first to be set up in North India. It offers courses in fashion designing, fashion communication, fashion accessories, textile and apparel production. The first batch of the institute comprised of 150 students.