CUTTING EDGE

India Today|July 06, 2020

CUTTING EDGE
Fashion-forward NIFT stands firmly on the top, ever quick to adapt to changes in the field of fashion and design studies
Shelly Anand

The culture of creativity and innovation at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi, is deeply embedded in its method of teaching, course curriculum, faculty training and student mentorship programmes. Always quick to adapt to changes in the field of fashion and introduce them into the institute’s learning processes, NIFT Delhi had revamped its entire curriculum in 2017 to offer major and minor subjects. Now, courses such as artificial intelligence, blockchain technology, machine learning and data learning are also taught.

The NIFT Delhi campus, spread over 4.16 acres, is always brimming with activities—cultural events, fashion shows, industry visits, seminars, or even just students gathered in the atrium, brainstorming ideas for projects or the faculty engaged in discussions with students in and outside classrooms. Set up in 1986 under the aegis of the Union ministry for textiles, in technical collaboration with the State University of New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology, NIFT Delhi is the only institute to have featured in the world’s 20 best fashion institutes in the CEO global ranking for fashion institutes in 2017. Almost 70 per cent of India’s designers and some of the biggest names in the industry—Rajesh Pratap Singh, Suket Dhir, Ritu Beri and Gaurav Gupta, among others—are NIFT Delhi alumni.

The design institute, in its 34 years of existence, has improvised on several fronts—their handling of the COVID crisis being one example. Professor Vandana Narang, campus director and dean, NIFT Delhi, says: “I think all of us have realised during these months how technology can be used effectively. Both the faculty and students had to shift to online classes due to the lockdown and, collectively, we all had to find ways to get the work done.”

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July 06, 2020