National institute of Fashion and Technology, Panchkula saw the light of the day after a wait of 5 long years as union minister of textiles Smriti Irani laid its foundation stone.
NIFT is pioneering thought leadership in design through a network of 16 professionally managed campuses. The Campus at New Delhi was established in 1986 in collaboration with FIT, New York. The Campuses at Chennai, Gandhinagar, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Mumbai were set up in 1995, followed by that of Bengaluru in 1997. The new millennium witnessed the emergence of new campuses in Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Patna, Raebareli and Shillong. The Campus at Srinagar in Jammu & Kashmir is the newly added node to NIFT’s network.
It was in the year 2011, when the former union minister and ex-Ambala MP Kumari Selja, brought the project to Panchkula, but it remained mired in the tussle between her and the then Haryana chief minister (CM) Bhupinder Singh Hooda. So much aggravated was the situation that Selja had to write an angry letter to Hooda in 2013, following which a site was allocated for NIFT in Sector 23. But when BJP came to power in 2014, the project got expedited.
The enrolments of the students will begin from the upcoming academic session 2017-18 from rented space in IT Park and Agro Mall in Panchkula. However, the permanent NIFT centre will be completed in two years and students enrolled will get guidance from international experts as the Centre has an agreement with 32 global institutes. The only sore point about the site of NIFT is that it is adjoining a dumping ground. Even on the inauguration ceremony, during the foundation stone laying ceremony, foul smell was coming from the dump yard. A case is pending at the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for shifting this dumping ground as the local residents have been complaining of foul smell and pollution.
While addressing the gathering, Smriti Irani said that it seems that the previous government was only befooling the people with false announcements on projects without having a set aim to give them the effect. On the contrary, the present BJP government at the Centre as well as in the state is implementing all the announcements made in the interest of the people. She lauded the efforts made by the Chief Minister in bringing about transparency in the functioning of the government which was earlier shrouded in corruption. Further, she said that Manohar Lal Khattar had done a great job by securing a rank among top five states in terms of ease of doing business.
Every year, 230 students will be enrolled in the institute. As per policy, 20 percent seats for Haryana domiciles will be reserved for admission in the institute. The Centre will provide diploma, degree and certificate courses. The institute proposes to run six regular degree courses, comprising four-year bachelor of design with major in fashion design/textile design, four-year bachelor of fashion technology degree course with major in apparel production, two-year master of fashion technology, two-year master of design, two-year master of fashion management and certificate programme of one-year and six-month duration as a part of the continuing education programme.
Speaking on this occasion, the chief minister said he had made about 3,500 announcements during the past two years and work had been completed or was in progress on 1,200 announcements, and the remaining would be implemented in the next one year. The central government would also assist Haryana in developing silk weaving units in Panipat, Ambala, Sirsa and Panchkula.
The Haryana Police Housing Corporation will be constructing the building. The state government will give Rs. 100 crore for the development of the buildings, infrastructure, hostel staff residences, furniture, IT hardware, software and vehicles. These funds will be provided in a phased manner.