National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) comes to Kannur
The ninth centre of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), inaugurated by Union Minister for Textiles Shankersinh Vaghela at Mangattuparamba in Kannur on April 19, will become a full-fledged institution of fashion business education in three years.
NIFT is all set to give an impetus to the handloom and textile industry in Kannur, which enjoys the status of Town of Export Excellence thanks to textile exports from here. The Kannur centre will temporarily function on the campus of the Institute of Handloom and Textile Technology at Thottada, near Kannur.
NIFT Director-General Rajiv Takru announced at the inaugural function that the campus to be developed at Mangattuparamba would have all facilities available in other NIFT centres, such as fully equipped lecture rooms, design studios, laboratories, resource centres, activity centres and hostels.
NIFT had provided temporary facilities for starting two batches of the Bachelor of Fashion Technology (BFTech) course in the new academic year.
The Kerala Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (KINFRA), nodal agency of the centre, has promised that the construction of the campus will be completed in two years. KINFRA Managing Director S: Ramnath announced this at the inaugural function.
The centre will offer the BFTech (technology) course with apparel production as specialisation and BFTech (fashion and textiles) having textile design as specialisation. While the eligibility for admission to the former is Plus Two with physics, chemistry and mathematics, that of the latter is Plus Two. Both are four-year courses.
BFTech (technology) is a programme designed to train students to excel in the core garment manufacturing technology and, says NIFT authorities, it suits the demands of the local textile industry for technically competent professionals in the field.
The programme equips students in areas of design and management with main emphasis on technology and prepares them with best practices in apparel manufacturing, coupled with an understanding and application of information technology, they say. The other programme focusses on development of creativity, originality and design application in apparel and home fashion industries.
This also caters to local demands, as Kannur is known for its exports of home-furnishing items.
The multidisciplinary curriculum is equipped to deliver skill-oriented education that integrates with information technology and the fashion industry. Mr. Devadoss says that 30 students would be admitted to each course.
The students will be selected from a list of candidates who have passed the NIFT Entrance Test 2008 held already.