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HP's fashion institute to open next year

The National Institute of Fashion Technology branch slated to be set up in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district would start its admission process from August next year.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2008 18:18 IST

The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) branch slated to be set up in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district would start its admission process from August next year, an official release said Saturday.

"The NIFT would start its first batch from August next year," the release said.

Textile Minister Shankarsingh Vaghela would lay the foundation stone of the institute at Chheb village near Kangra town Jan 23.

The state government has provided 10 acres free of cost for setting up the institute. It would also contribute Rs 580 million (Rs 58 crore).

The proposed site has been selected by a team of experts headed by NIFT director-general Rajiv Tarku.

The fashion institute would help provide global exposure to hand-knitted woollens by state rural craftsmen like shawls, stoles, mufflers, socks, gloves, pullovers and caps, Kangra paintings, Chamba rumal (handkerchief), and jewellery items.