| Model of the proposed NIFT Shillong campus |
Shillong, Sept. 6: The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Shillong campus, will turn a new leaf tomorrow in its journey of five years.
Union textiles minister K.S. Rao, along with Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma, will lay the foundation for the construction of a new campus of the premier institute at Mawlong village within the confines of the New Shillong Township.
The area is around 20km from here.
According to a NIFT Shillong official, the campus will be constructed in an area of around 20 acres at a cost of nearly Rs 49.5 crore.
The tentative timeframe to complete the project is two years.
The funding of the project is in the form of a central grant from the Union textiles ministry.
According to the plan, the campus will house a resource centre and a central library.
The resource centre plans to highlight and preserve the art and culture of the Northeast through its rich handlooms and handicrafts.
The academic building will host departments like accessory design, fashion design, textiles design and fashion communication.
The other departments include masters in fashion management and apparel production.
The campus will also have its own auditorium to hold shows, residential facilities for the students with separate wings for boys and girls, which would accommodate nearly 1,000 students, residential area for faculty and staff, guest houses, utility and amenity building, student recreation centre, and an amphitheatre.
As NIFT hosts students and faculty from across the country, the mess and canteen building will cater to all tastes of India.
The campus paths will have small sheds where the students can gather to discuss ideas with others and faculty.
NIFT Shillong started functioning from June 2008 from its temporary campus situated in the Old North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences campus.
According to the NIFT official, the institute, which completed five years recently, has walked miles not only to build an institution with the ability to address the shifting economic and academic challenges that its graduates will face, but to ingrain itself into the roots of the region.