The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) branch in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district will award doctorate degrees in fashion designing, told Union Minister of Textiles Thiru Dayanidhi Maran. 'Kangra's Centre for Apparel and Textile Studies would be first of its own kind in the country to offer doctorate degrees in fashion designing, fashion communication, accessory design, textile design and fashion technology,' Maran told reporters while inaugurating the NIFT branch at Chheb village.
On setting up more NIFT branches in the country, Maran said, 'The central government is considering to set up centres in Punjab, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh.' The NIFT has already reached agreements with 29 leading fashion institutes of the world under which students and faculty would visit various countries to study new fashion trends, he said. Former textile minister Shankarsingh Vaghela had laid the foundation stone of this institute in January this year. The Kangra centre is the first to be set up in north India. It offers courses in fashion designing, fashion communication, fashion accessories, textile and apparel production.