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NIFT to tailor its own faculty

To tide over its faculty crunch, National Institute of Fashion Technology will soon launch its own faculty development programme, reports Ritika Chopra.

delhi Updated: Feb 24, 2009 01:01 IST
Ritika Chopra

To tide over its faculty crunch, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) will soon launch its own faculty development programme. Come July, the country’s premier brand of fashion schooling, will begin grooming teachers specifically for the discipline of fashion technology and absorb the toppers of the programme in any of its 14 centres across the country.

The Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad branches will offer the one-year diploma programme and have about 30 students in each batch.

“The number of centres has doubled over the last two years. We had seven in 2007 and currently there are 14 NIFTs across the country. While recruiting faculty for the new centres we realised there weren’t many good candidates in the market. People from the industry or with good academic background are not necessarily good teachers. So, we now aim to impart teaching skills and absorb the best for our own institutes,” said Rajiv Takru, Director General, NIFT.

The programme is divided into two semesters. During the first semester, candidates will cover topics such as teaching pedagogy, research and evaluation techniques. The second will be entirely dedicated to gaining hands-on experience.

“Any one who is interested in teaching at a fashion institute and holds a bachelors degree in a field relevant to fashion technology can apply for the programme. Five toppers from each of the three batches will be automatically offered the job of an assistant professor at any one of the NIFT centres,” said Sanjay Gupta, Dean (Academic).

Though a relatively new idea, Takru is confident of this course receiving an encouraging response in its first year. “With the economy facing a slowdown, many of our ex-students in the industry have expressed the desire to make a move to teaching. The job provides security, and the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, which we have implemented already, have made the salary of teachers more attractive than ever.”