National Institute of Fashion Technology

National Institute of Fashion Technology
Established 1986
Type Public
Chairman Mr. Venu Srinivasan
Location New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Raebareli, Patna, Shillong, Bhopal, Taliparamba, Kangra and Jodhpur, in India / and Mauritius
Campus Urban
Nickname NIFT
Affiliations Ministry of Textiles, Government of India

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) (Hindi: राष्ट्रीय फैशन टैक्नालॉजी संस्थान,एनआईएफटी) is a prestigious 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 granted statutory status under the act of Parliament of India in 2006, empowering the Institute to award degrees and other academic distinctions, making it the first-of-its-kind in the world.

The institute provides fashion business education through a network of fourteen domestic centres at New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, Raebareli, Bhopal, Taliparamba, Patna, Shillong, Bhubaneswar, Kangra and Jodhpur. NIFT has opened an international centre in Mauritius.

NIFT teachers are professionals in their fields. The institute provides a common platform for fashion education, research and training.



The main motive behind the idea of this institute was to fulfill the long-felt needs of the export-oriented garment industry to train manpower in fashion design, garment manufacturing technology and apparel marketing and merchandising.

NIFT has become one of the leading fashion schools of India, accepted as being on the lines of Fashion Institute of Technology and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. It is the founder member of "Fashion Schools' Foundation of the World", which comprises 34 fashion schools worldwide. Many of the leading designers of India are NIFT alumni. In 2006, the Parliament passed the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Bill, 2005, thereby receiving a statutory status and empowering the institute to grant its own degrees and other academic distinctions.[1][2]

With its head office in New Delhi, NIFT has centers at Mumbai, Kolkata, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore, Raebareli, Patna, Shillong, Bhopal, Taliparamba, Bhubaneswar and Jodhpur where it offers four-year bachelor and two-year master programmes in the areas of Design, Management and Technology.

International linkages

NIFT has evolved as a Centre of Excellence imparting multidisciplinary and pragmatic education to its students. With a vision to have a strong global connect, NIFT has entered into collaborations with leading fashion institutes and organisations across the globe. NIFT has signed MOUs with reputed institutes/ universities like ENSAIT, France, University of the Arts London, UK; University of Leeds, UK; Demontfort University, UK; Ryerson University, Canada; Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia; Domus Academy, Italy and University of Philadelphia and University of North Carolina, USA to name a few.

Courses offered

The regular full time programs at NIFT are run at two levels namely the Graduate and the Post Graduate level however NIFT has also recently launched a PhD program as well. At the Masters level NIFT offers Master of Fashion Management, Master of Design and Master of Fashion Technology.

Master of Fashion Management

MFM is a two-year Master Programme in Fashion Management (erstwhile AMM) that started in 1987. The objective of the program is to develop managerial skills in the field of Fashion Advertising, Communication, Marketing, Retailing and Merchandising best suited to the requirements of the fashion & luxury retail (both offline and online), fashion product export and allied sectors. It specializes in imparting quality education in a unique way of integrating Fashion into business studies. Students are exposed to creative advertising & marketing, innovative fashion management practices, fashion and trend forecasting, and business practices through field visits and industry internships.The programme inculcates in the students the right attitude to be part of the management team of any growing organisation in the fashion industry.[3]

Master of Design

A research centric multidisciplinary design program that aims to encourage specialized thinking and impart a wider perspective. The programme will provide an opportunity to choose design specializations in Fashion, Textiles and communication Design. A research environment would provide a much-needed platform for answering questions, which may arise twenty years hence.[4]

Fashion Communication

Fashion Communication is a four-year undergraduate degree program. It prepares student for prestigious professional fields like Photography, Graphic Design, Visual Merchandising, Fashion Journalism, Advertising, Retail Management and Event Management.

Apparel Production

The department of Fashion Technology at NIFT offers the degree Bachelor of Fashion Technology (Apparel Production)

The four-year bachelor program imparts conceptual, theoretical and practical knowledge pertaining to textile & garment manufacturing technology. The emphasis is on best practices in apparel production coupled with understanding of information technology related to apparel production industry.This is a four-year degree course.the first year in this course give you a jest of fashion industry also includes parts of designing concepts and engineering concepts, the next three years you learn everything from tailoring of clothes to working in textile the four years also get an opportunities like two internship programs in garment factory or company , you can also enroll for student exchange program in colleges from other countries

Fashion Design

A faculty of trained and highly qualified staff is a plus point of NIFT. Here, the "learning by doing" approach is given importance and hence students are being trained according to the national and international demands of the market.

Accessory Design

The Accessory Design program of NIFT started in 1991 and was available for seven years only at NIFT Delhi. In these seven years, the program became the most successful at NIFT, and graduates from the program went on to make remarkable changes within the industry, offering 'Design for Business', a mantra of the AD program that led firms and establishments to see immense profitability through an intelligent and almost intuitive application of design.

Earlier available as a three-year diploma course, the Accessory Design program is now a four-year degree course. It is available in Delhi as AD and Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai and Gandhinagar, Shillong as F&LA.

Textile Design and Development

Textile design is the course offered by NIFT as a specialization in textiles, prints, fabric development, weaves, surface embellishments and garment construction. It's the backbone of the fashion industry. The fashion industry depends in large part upon the unseen and yet hardworking denizens of the textile designing department.

Knitwear Design and Technology

The course was two-year postgraduate diploma program introduced at NIFT in 1994. Now it is a four-year undergraduate degree program.Few centers are conducting this technology program, at Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad. The program is structured keeping in view the requirements of the knitwear industry. Ludhiana and Tripur both place are very industrial for knitwear Garment. Tripur is the one of the top Place of fine knits (for T-shirt), that exports to other countries in very heavy quantity. Ludhiana Is the bigger ciry for warm knitted fabrics like sweaters for winter season , there a large no of exporters are exporting the knitted garments to other countries.

Computer center

The main educational courses offered to the students are

  • CAFI (Computer Application for the Fashion Industry)
  • TIFF (A Design Technology Course)
  • ATD (Computer Aided Textile Designing)
  • Tuka-tech and Lectra

NIFT Institutes

Some of the NIFT Institutes are

  • National Institute of Fashion Technology Chennai

See also


  1. ^ The National Institute of Fashion Technology Bill, 2005 passed by Parliament Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. May 23, 2006. "NIFT will get a statutory status and will formally recognize the contribution and pre-eminent role played by the premier institution for its leadership role in the fashion industry, business and crafts."
  2. ^ New Fashion School in India Draws From a Rich Heritage, by Barbara Crossette, New York Times, June 21, 1989.
  3. ^ "Academics-Master Programmes-Master of Fashion Management(M.F.M.)". National Institute of Fashion Technology. 
  4. ^ "Academics-Master Programmes-Master of Design(M.Des)". National Institute of Fashion Technology. 

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