Almost three years after it first started awarding degrees to students, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is now keen on bridging the gap between its diploma and degree-holding batches.
Seven NIFT centers across the country — New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata and Gandhinagar — are providing their pre-2006 alumni a unique opportunity to upgrade their undergraduate (UG) or postgraduate (PG) diploma to a bachelors or masters degree.
“Holding a diploma can get in the way if a student wants to pursue higher studies,” said Rajiv Takru, director general, NIFT, Delhi.
“It doesn’t hold as much value as a degree does, especially if one is considering a change of streams like pursuing an MBA after studying fashion This bridge programme is born out of such necessity,”
Considered the best in design, management and technology education in the country, NIFT was granted statutory status under the act of Parliament of India in 2006, empowering the institute to award degrees.
The bridge programme for both UG and PG begins this August and has total of 1,140 seats on offer across all seven centers. Registration for the same will be on first-come-first-serve basis.
“The duration for the postgraduate diploma holders will be 6 months and one year for the undergraduate ex-students. The programme will be conducted in the evening as we recognise the fact that our ex-students must all be working now,” said Sanjay Gupta, Dean (Academic), NIFT, Delhi.
“An ex-student can apply at any one of the seven centers. “The only criteria is that you have to be a NIFT product, irrespective of which center you studied at,” added Gupta.
“We have actually compared the degree and diploma syllabi and designed the bridge programme according. Whatever wasn’t taught at their time and all new changes that came with technological advancement will be covered. We are looking at serious value addition,” said Takru.
However, not all may be convinced about the course’s viability.
“I wouldn’t do a bridge course if I had the opportunity because once you step into the fashion industry what really matters is what you have learnt during your student years. Not whether you hold a degree or diploma,” said designer Prashant Verma, who is a 2005 alumni of NIFT Delhi and also belongs to the last batch that was awarded diplomas.