MoU with Scotland Colleges
The NIFT – TEA College of Knitwear Fashion, promoted by Tirupur Exporters Association, here has entered into a tie – up with Scottish Colleges International (SCI), an apex body of Scotland colleges, in the area of fashion design.
“The cooperation will be for greater understanding in the areas of technical research in knitwear and for creation of elaborate design portfolios catering to the emerging needs in the global apparel trade,” said Raja M. Shanmugam, chairman of the NIFT – TEA institute.
Andrew Mackenzie, a representative of the SCI, added that it was for the first time the SCI was entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a textile institute in India although a few faculty exchange programmes with the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad existed in the past.
The joint initiative between the NIFT – TEA institute and the SCI would be on curriculum development, delivery of designs, capacity building of respective textile clusters, and resources sharing.
“Since the Scotland colleges have enormous expertise in creative segments such as fashion designing and the NIFT – TEA being strong in the development of techniques in manufacturing of fashion garments, the tie – up is expected to bring out cost – effective procedures in designing and production of apparels,” said S. Dhanajayan, chairman of academic development in NIFT – TEA institute said.
The NIFT – TEA was selected by the SCI for the collaborative work after the British Deputy High Commission recognised the strides the institute had made in design creation and fashion since Mr. Raja Shanmugam took over as its chairman a few years ago.