Bhubaneswar: Today, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Bhubaneswar held its 8th Graduation Ceremony at NIFT, Campus. This year, 185 students from six different departments, namely Accessory Design, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Fashion Communication, Fashion Technology, and Fashion Management are passing out after a rigorous 4 years (for Bachelors) and 2 Years (for Masters) training at classroom, labs, and industry through various projects and internships.
The campus avoided any extravagant celebrations this year as the state has suffered massive destructions due to cyclone “Fani”. Instead of a fashion show, a static display of final Graduating Collections designed by students was organized and attended by many eminent leaders from industry, academia along with parents and outside visitors. The industry leaders like Mr Ranjiv Kapur, COO, Triburg; Mr. Alok Upreti, Brand Head Ashima Group; Mr Debopam Deb, Director, PWC; Mr. Turja Barua, Director, PWC, Mr Rahul Jindal, Operation Head, ABFRL, Shri Vikrant Bharti, Merchandising Manager, Li & Fung, New Delhi; Shri Yogesh Tiwari, Director, Shree Ashtech Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi; Shri Ranjit Tigga, Group Manager HR, Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Ltd., Odisha; Doman Tudu, Founder & CEO, Rusicaa Trends Pvt. Ltd, James; Mr Rajkumar Rai, COO, Monk & Mei; Mr. K. M. Rajan, Sr. Manager, CTTC; Debasish Pattnaik, Founder and MD, Transform Furniture; Mr Biren Das, Film Maker; Dr Ashok Kumar Panda, Chief General Manager, Sanmarg, Daily Newspaper; and Mr Sidharth Das, Designer have attended and appreciated the event.
The campus placement drive is still on and so far is 80% for NIFT, Bhubaneswar students have been placed, whereas many of our students have opted to become entrepreneurs and few of them are going for higher studies. This is a good sign that an increasing number of students, every year are opting to take up enterprise as a career. This would change the landscape of future fashion business in the country, said Professor Binaya Bhusan Jena, Director, NIFT Bhubaneswar. He said, today, the country needs more entrepreneurs to promote the fashion industry. Ms Sushmita Behera, Centre Academic Coordinator of Bhubaneswar Centre emphasized that graduates from NIFT have a unique professional identity and a set of values and beliefs that will allow them to continue their quest for lifelong learning and distinguish themselves in their chosen paths. Dr. Santosh Tarai, HOD, FMS Department said India needs more ethical fashion managers to make Indian fashion industry more vibrant. Mr Sandeep Kidile, HOD, Textile Design Department said, we need to use our cultural ethos transformed as Indian fabric designs. Ms Sobharani Lakra, HOD, FD Department pointed out that the future of Indian fashion industry lies with a more sustainable fashion value chain. Ms Sulagna Saha, HOD, BFTech Department emphasized that our students should make our industry floors more organized and efficient so that we remain competitive. Mr Amit Das, HOD, Fashion Communication reiterated that there is no dearth of creative pursuit in this country, what we need is to communicate to the world in a more palatable format. This is what NIFT is doing.
The Ceremony closed with Mr Ranjiv Kapur, COO, Triburg who in addressing parents said that “…by choosing NIFT you have guaranteed high quality education for your children. In these competitive business environment, education is the strongest instrument against challenging global circumstances.”
Since 2010, when NIFT, Bhubanewar was established, it has today become a leading fashion institution, standing at 10th position in India. This has come with the visionary leadership of the Director General of NIFT, Smt Sarada Muralidharan, IAS along with the Dean of NIFT, Smt. Sharmila Dua have been riding on curriculum restructuring and a better industry-academic interface to take the 21st century challenges. Director, NIFT, Prof. Jena said, the State Government has also stood by us throughout our journey since 2010.