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Creativity, logical aptitude and time management will help you ace the NIFT entrance exam coming up this week reports Vandana Ramnani

education Updated: Feb 16, 2011 09:14 IST
Vandana Ramnani

When Prasun Mazumdar started his design journey way back in 2004, he had not dreamt that one day he will have his own graphic design firm. Today, he not only has his own design company but clients his contemporaries would die for - the credit for which all goes to his alma mater National Institute of Fashion Technology. He fondly recollects the days spent in design studios and intellectual discussions held on the steps of the ‘kund’ (the central area on campus) with classmates and the time spent watching plays and fashion shows that were the talk of the town. “I especially cherish the freedom that was given to us to experiment and express our creativity and the freedom to excel in all our endeavours,” he says. Ask him for some tips for the batch that is appearing for the NIFT exam the coming week, he says “creativity, logical aptitude and time management is the key.”

The institute has excelled in the thought leadership by its unique integration of creative genius with technological competence. The institute emphasises on integrated and interdisciplinary studies enabling the students to develop multi-faceted, multi-dimensional capabilities fit for a dynamic business world. It also has agreements with leading fashion institutes and organisations across the globe.

The faculty has trained at some of the leading international design and fashion institutes.

Bachelors programmes are offered in fashion design, leather design, accessory design, textile design, knitwear design and fashion communication.

In addition there is a Bachelors programme in fashion technology (apparel production). Masters programmes are offered in design, fashion management and fashion technology.

NIFT offers PhD in the areas of design, management and technology with broad reference to textiles, fashion, lifestyles and apparel sectors of the industry.

The programme is designed for the purpose of carrying out research in textiles, fashion and the apparel sector to create a body of original knowledge for the use of academia and industry at large. The first batch of PhD students is currently undergoing the programme.

IT quotient:
The institute has a well-designed website that offers a virtual tour of all its campuses.

The classrooms are equipped with audio-visual equipment like LCDs, slide projector, television etc. The laboratories are equipped with machinery for garment construction, pattern making, dyeing and printing etc.

Student speak:
Besides design and ahrd work, the students also get to eat well. Great food available in the “wholesome cafeteria.” Also get fresh juice and momos on campus. Canteen is open till eight in the evening. Our lifeline is the ‘bhaiya’ in the canteen who picks up our plates and the photocopy bhaiya in the library who is kind enough to give us print outs till late in the evening. Subhash paanwallah satiates our hunger with maggi and boiled eggs. The institute also has a well-stocked stationary shop where everything relating to design is available - textile sheets, needles, clay and fabric.

Alumni speak:
NIFT has more than 8500 alumni since its inception in 1986 who are working with the industry. The NIFT Alumni Association provides a platform for an active mutually beneficial contribution to the alma mater.

Clubs and societies:
The institute holds a three-day festival called Spectrum every year. It will be held from February 21st to February 23rd this year.

Students in third year get to put a show and there are best designer award categories. Dance, sports and fashion shows are also held. “It’s absolute fun for three days. It gives us a platform to do something else besides work. It’s taking creativity to a whole new level.” Students get to hold their own shows - they get to do their own choreography, modelling, lighting and even set design.

The institute holds several cultural and inter-college sports events. It also has an excellent basket ball court and ‘kund’ where discussions, shows and even street plays are held.

Basic details:
NIFT Placement Cell facilitates on campus placements for graduating students.

Written entrance exam: February 20

NIFT, set up in 1986 under the aegis of the Ministry of Textiles, GOI, has emerged as a pioneer in envisioning and evolving fashion business education in the country through a network of professionally managed centres at Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Kangra, Kannur, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna, Raebareli and Shillong. The NIFT Act in 2006 conferred statutory status to NIFT, empowering it to award degrees

“Wish the institute had a hostel facility inside the campus”
Hangout: Like other campuses, the institute is flanked by sambar, kulcha parantha and momo eateries. Hip restaurants are located in Green Park and Hauz Khas markets close by. These have popular eatries such as Nirulas, and Café Coffee Day, among other eating joints