Shillong, August 22 : First of its kind in the country's northeastern region, the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) centre in Shillong is among the four centres of the institute that were to be set up in various parts of the country besides the existing eight.
Sanjeev Kumar, Chairperson, NIFT, said that this centre is the result of the NIFT's effort to reach all parts of the country.
"Till the time we don't reach to everyone the meaning of education is not served. So our Director General, Rajeev Takru, thought that why not open first institution in the Northeast that's how NIFT came into existence. We have got a great support from Meghalaya government," said Sanjeev.
The centre is currently offering two courses - fashion design and accessory design, and the first batch consists of 30 students.
Dressing sense of the people in this region acted as a catalyst for the students like Ashutosh Singh, who has come all the way from Varanasi.
"When I visited Shillong after seeing other parts of India I noticed that people here were following different kind of fashion they wanted to look fashionable, so I thought that this was the best centre for me and my profession," said Ashutosh.
While others like Huangpi Rani Gogoi, a student from Assam, look at the institute as a big opportunity to study fashion designing.
"I'm very happy to be the student of NIFT. It's a very big opportunity for me to study fashion here. This place is special for the reasons that it's so close to Assam," said Gogoi.
The NIFT, Shillong has healthy student to teacher ratio, which currently stands at 12:1.
The NIFT's Shillong centre is equipped with hostel facility and conducts career-counselling session to promote entrepreneurship and self-employment among the people of this region.