New Delhi: Union Textiles Minister, Dayanidhi Maran, has laid emphasis on the opening of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) specialized centres. He said that necessary step should be taken to bridge the gap and open NIFT specialized centres, which would cater to the specific needs of traditional and emerging textiles clusters.
Mr Maran said that there is a continuous demand for NIFT intervention from the textiles clusters viz., Dodbhallapur, Anantpur, Kohlapur, Surat, Jaipur, Ludhiana and Tirupur. Further, he also urged upon the Board of Governors of the NIFT to be more concerned about the overall industry needs and take up the challenges required in building a new India, where every citizen has an opportunity to work, earn and live. He called upon the NIFT designers to be equally concerned about the handloom weavers, khadi weavers and handicrafts artisans and ensure that the design interventions help them too.
NIFT has developed a vibrant relationship with leading international institutes and bodies in the field of fashion and these relationships foster cross fertilization of ideas and provide a tremendous net value addition to NIFT and as well as to the foreign institutions, said the Minister. Maran said that during his interaction with a leading college at Switzerland, during his recently Europe visit, he received an offer for a semester exchange programme with NIFT.