NIFT students to have international faculty on the lines of GIAN
New Delhi, October 5, 2016
Students of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) will soon have the opportunity of attending classes by international academicians at their campus in New Delhi.
Union Textiles Minister Smriti Zubin Irani, addressing the 22nd Convocation of NIFT here yesterday, said it would entail no extra cost to the institute or the students.
This initiative would be on the lines of Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) in Higher Education, a programme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development that was launched on December 1, 2015 when Ms. Irani was the HRD Minister.
She said NIFT has been a small revolution that began 30 years ago. Congratulating the graduating students, she highlighted the achievement of two differently abled students – one of them, a girl student with hearing impairment who sat at the back of the class, lip-read and graduated with honours, and the other a boy who graduated with flying colours, despite having locomotor disability and having to travel a long distance to the institute by the metro rail every day.
The Minister urged the students to reflect on what they could leverage from the textile industry. She reminded the graduating students that, like doctors, fashion professionals also deal with the lives of common people every day.
Citing some recent research papers of the faculty members of NIFT, the Minister told the students that only they can decide as to whether they would like to contribute to sub-sectors such as technical textiles, which are of strategic significance to national development.
Ms Irani said that as a nation that prides in self-sufficiency, textile machinery is another area that needs strengthening and support.
Earlier, welcoming the audience, Director General, NIFT Sudhir Tripathi, spoke of the contributions of NIFT to the development of fashion education and industry and said that the institute provides students an intellectually stimulating environment.
Chairperson, Board of Governors – NIFT, Chetan Chauhan exhorted the graduating students to take their learning to the real world and create a globally relevant fashion environment in India.
In all, 325 graduating students received their degrees. These include four doctoral degrees, 92 post-graduate degrees and 229 undergraduate degrees. Distinguished members from Board of Governors, NIFT, leaders from the Indian fashion industry such as Mr Sunil Sethi, President, Fashion Design Council of India, and faculty members of NIFT were present on the occasion.