CHENNAI:Owing to an escalating demand in merchandise, designer and textile related curriculum, a new diploma course called ‘Fashion: Fit and Style’ will be introduced by the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Chennai, around August-September, this year. Anitha Manohar, director of the Chennai campus, told City Express that there had been an upward surge in the demand for Diploma courses and ‘Continuing Education Programmes’ — a slew of short fashion programs introduced by the college, in light of the increased volume in number of applicants.
The college, which functions under the NIFT Act (2006), aims to combat a mushrooming demand for fashion graduates in not only the job-oriented industries, but also as designers working independently and entrepreneurial start-ups. “There will be more student-intake through these courses and programs,” said Anitha
The announcement was made at the fourth independent Convocation, which was held on the campus on Monday. A total of 170 students from seven undergraduate and two postgraduate courses received their degrees. The chief guest, A Sakthivel, who is one of the members of the Board of Governors of NIFT, and Regional Chairman of the Federation of the Indian Export Organisations, said, “Textile industry is 100 billion dollar worth, and is set to grow up to 225 billion dollars by 2021. That is a growth of almost 9.5% every year.” The event also saw meritorious students from the 20th batch of NIFT, Chennai, receiving awards. Vandana Bhandari, dean, Namitha Chaudhary, member of the Board of Governors and B Narasimhan, joint director, were also present.