The Jammu and Kashmir government has formally set into motion the process for establishing a permanent campus of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) in Srinagar in order to set up advanced skill development training institutions in the state, an official spokesperson said on Friday here.
On the initiative of Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the spokesperson said, the state government has conveyed its commitment to the Union Ministry of Textiles to chip in with Rs 67.47 crore as the state share for the Rs 325 crore NIFT project for which 160 kanals of land have been earmarked at Industrial Estate Ompora, on the outskirts of Srinagar.
Pertinently, the government of India has, on the intervention of the Prime Minister, agreed to share the infrastructure cost of the proposed Fashion Technology Institute on 90:10 basis.
Out of the total project cost of Rs 325.36 crore, the central government share will be to the tune of Rs 257.89 crore, while the remaining amount will be provided by the state government, he said.
The NIFT Srinagar is presently operating from a temporary campus at IT Park Rangreth and is offering certificate courses of 6-month duration in Fashion Apparel, Illustration in Design and Studio Photography. The Srinagar centre of NIFT is being presently looked after by Director NIFT Kangra, Himachal Pradesh.
The Institute is planning to start regular undergraduate courses of 4-year duration in Fashion Design and Fashion Communication from the next academic session from the existing temporary campus at IT Park Rangreth till its permanent campus becomes functional at Industrial Estate Ompora.
The modalities for making NIFT Srinagar fully functional were worked out during the visit of the Union Secretary Textiles, Dr S K Panda and Joint Secretary (Textiles) and DG NIFT, Navraj Goyal to the State last month.