| All ears: Students at the orientation programme of NIFT on Thursday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
The orientation programme of the new batch of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) on the Mithapur campus on Thursday was a grand affair.
The first major function organised on the sprawling campus, spread across six acres, left the newcomers gaping. It is much bigger than the transit campus at the institute’s Udyog Bhavan.
Garima Agarwal, a first-year undergraduate student of fashion communications, who had come all the way from Dibrugarh in Assam, said: “The NIFT campus in Patna is much bigger and spacious than other NIFT centres and I am excited to see the infrastructure facilities here.”
Garima, who has also seen NIFT campuses at Calcutta and Shillong, said the Patna address was much larger than the other two institutions.
Echoing her views, Puja Agarwal, another student, said: “I am from Patna and have seen the old campus at Udyog Bhavan, which was functioning from a single floor. The purpose of the orientation programme is to acquaint the students with the institution, the annual activities, their classmates and alumni so that they can understand the scope and excitement of the course they are going to pursue.”
The institute administration also tried to highlight the infrastructure facilities on the new campus during the orientation programme.
In his welcome address, NIFT director Sanjay Shrivastava said: “The new students would study on one of the best NIFT campuses in the country. Students will get more facilities in the coming days.”
The sprawling institute has all facilities that modern education institutions can boost of. The new campus has two academic blocks, complete Wi-fi connectivity and classrooms with LCD projectors and white board. As the NIFT syllabus involves lot of practical and project work, special emphasis has been laid on laboratories.
There are six information technology laboratories such as garment construction laboratory, textile design laboratory, small looms and testing equipment, dyeing equipment, pattern-making lab, accessories design laboratory and others.
Kislay Kashyap, an assistant professor at NIFT-Patna, said: “As students are expected to do lot of practical work, there are different labs giving real exposure to students. Apart from different labs, the new campus also has an open-air theatre, where students can organise fashion shows or any other cultural fests.”
To give emphasis on extra-curricular activities, the new campus has separate gymnasiums at the boys and girls hostels apart from basketball and volleyball courts.
A total of 140 students from Uttar Pradesh, Bengal, Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Bihar have taken admission into six courses at NIFT-Patna.