Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York is an internationally acclaimed institute under the aegis of State University of New York with an enviable reputation in the field of fashion education for 67 years. Fashion Institute of Technology is ranked among the top 5 fashion schools in the world.
National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is a premiere fashion institute in India. It was set up in 1986 under the aegis of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and is a premier institution in design, management and technology, developing professionals leadership positions in the international fashion business.
NIFT has been instrumental in undertaking a commendable initiative of establishing academic linkages with Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York, in the form of a Dual Degree, said Shri Anand Sharma, Commerce & Industry and Textiles Minister. In fact, NIFT was established in 1986 in collaboration with FIT, with the assistance of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
At the initial stage, NIFT entered into a decade long agreement for academic and infrastructural support and NIFT faculty benefited from short-term trainings at FIT. Since then, NIFT has seen tremendous growth with 15 centres and the expansion of international and domestic linkages. Today NIFT has emerged as a most reputed and largest institute in fashion education in India, a fact that Shri Sharma is proud of.
Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi, Minister of State for Textiles has congratulated NIFT on this commendable accomplishment. She is hopeful that the association of two premier fashion institutes would reap benefits multi-fold in nature.
Smt. Monika S. Garg, Director General of NIFT elaborates that NIFT initiated the exercise of having a meaningful alliance with FIT which involved a detailed study of different undergraduate courses of both institutes. Course Mapping of prospective areas of study was undertaken. Since FIT has stringent standards for the intake of both national and international students, the compatibility of the curriculum of NIFT bachelor’s degree 3rd year programmes with the one year Associate Degree programme of FIT was scrutinized in detail which revealed compatibility in the areas of Fashion Design, Textile Design and Fashion Communication. As a result of this initiative, a landmark achievement and the first of its kind at NIFT i.e. Dual Degree (UG Programmes) has been crystallised.
Smt. Rita Menon, Secretary Textiles has lauded the commendable effort and the increased ambit of international and domestic linkages of NIFT. This relationship with FIT implies that selected meritorious students from NIFT would avail the unique opportunity to obtain a joint Degree awarded both by NIFT & FIT. She wants the agreement to be implemented at the earliest for the benefit of NIFT students. Smt. Menon appreciated the steps taken by NIFT in the recent past to structure its linkages with reputed institutes abroad to make them more meaningful for its students and faculty. In fact, this year as NIFT celebrates 25 years of its existence, the renewed alliance with the original partner institute is envisaged to be significant and mutually beneficial.
Source: Press Information Bureau
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