National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is a group of fashion colleges in India. It was established in 1986 under the aegis of the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India [1] and is an institution of design, management and technology for the international fashion business.

NIFT was granted statutory status in 2006, empowering it to award degrees and other academic distinctions.[2][3]


NIFT currently has 16 campuses: its main campus in New Delhi, and campuses at Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Kangra, Kannur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Raebareli, Shillong, and Srinagar.[4]

A new 17th NIFT Campus at Panchkula, Haryana has been announced by the Minister of Textiles. A new center in Ompora Industrial area, Kashmir, too, is expected to come up.[5]

The Institute is currently headed by a director-general, Sarada Muraleedharan.[6]


NIFT offers four-year undergraduate, as well as two-year post-graduate, programmes in the areas of design, management, and technology.

In order to secure admission in Bachelor of Design (B.Des) as well as Master of Design (M.Des) programmes offered at NIFT, students need to take two written admission tests called the Creative Ability Test (CAT) and the General Ability Test (GAT).

For other courses such as Bachelor of Fashion Technology (BFTech), Master of Fashion Technology (MFTech) and Master of Fashion Management (MFM), aspirants need to take only the GAT.

NIFT admissions

NIFT organises its own entrance exam yearly in India. The NIFT admission process:- :

a) For Bachelor Programme - Candidates need to first appear for a written test. Students who make it to the rank-list in this test are then eligible to appear for the situation test for joining the design stream. For the fashion technology course only the written test score is required.

b) For Master Programme - Candidates need to first appear for a written test and then the personal interview round.[7]


In the 2017 ranking of the best fashion schools in the world, National Institute of Fashion Technology was ranked 19th .[8][9]


NIFT alumni include Nikita Anand, Manish Arora, Ritu Beri, Gulshan Devaiah, Shivaji Dutta, Shantanu Goenka, Prabal Gurung, Tanya Gyani, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Neha Sharma, and Sakhi Thomas.

See also


  1. ^ "Autonomous Bodies". Ministry of Textiles. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  2. ^ The National Institute of Fashion Technology Bill, 2006 passed by Parliament Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. 23 May 2006.
  3. ^ New Fashion School in India Draws From a Rich Heritage, by Barbara Crossette, New York Times, 21 June 1989.
  4. ^ "Campuses". National Institute of Fashion Technology. 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Bhat, Afsana (17 December 2009). "Fashion technology institute to be set up in Srinagar". The Herald of India. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Administrative setup". Retrieved 2017-01-28. 
  7. ^ "Guidelines" (PDF). 
  8. ^ "Best Fashion Schools In The World For 2017". CEOWORLD magazine. Retrieved April 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ "NIFT ranked 19th among world's best fashion schools 2017, USA's Parsons tops list". FashionNetwork. Retrieved June 14, 2017. 

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