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Two courses to make career a ramp walk

Those dreaming of a future in fashion photography and journalism can soon wake up and realise it.

National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Patna, is soon going to start two new courses, bachelor of design in fashion communication and bachelor of design in accessory designing.

Both these courses would be launched in the new academic session in July. The written test for the first batch has already taken place. (See chart).

Six seats would be reserved for local students in each course. NIFT-Patna director Sanjay Srivastava said: “Both courses would have 35 seats and we would admit at least six local students in each course, it is compulsory according to our domicile policy. But the number can increase if we find more deserving candidates among the residents.”

Srivastava said just two to three local students had taken admission in NIFT in 2010. But the present batch has 240 students, 150 of them local. He said: “Earlier, students of this state had to move to other cities to pursue a course in designing, but now NIFT-Patna is there for those aspiring to do a course in designing.”

On career opportunities before students, Srivastava said: “After doing the fashion communication course, students can try their hands at fashion photography or fashion journalism. They can also promote fashion-related products as they would be taught how to market such items in the course. The accessory designing course would teach students to design shoes, watches, jewellery, bags and clothes. Students would be able to create their own fashion line after the course and can become product managers for important fashion and luxury brands.”

Students, who take admission in the new session, would study at the new campus, spread over six acres, in the Mithapur area. It now functions out of Udyog Bhavan. Srivastava said NIFT-Patna would move to the new campus soon but did not specify by when.

NIFT-Patna was set up in 2008 but construction of its own campus began in 2010 because of administrative hurdles, sources said.

“Initially, construction of the new campus stopped for three months during the rainy season. The tussle between the NIFT administration and Chanakya National Law University over land stalled construction work for a few more months. As the institute was running from a transit campus it was not possible to start new courses but now that NIFT-Patna is going to move to its new campus, starting new courses would be possible,” said a faculty member.

“NIFT-Patna recently designed the exteriors of the state government’s road ambulances, which started functioning from January. We hope to add many more caps to our feather,” Srivastava said.