sourendra kumar das reports from the National Institute of Fashion Technology&’s annual convocation programme

THE National Institute of Fashion Technology, Kolkata, organised its annual convocation on 28 and 29 May 2013, which was held at The Park Hotel and Royal Bengal Hall, City Centre, Saltlake.
On the first day, Subrata Gupta, Jute Commissioner from Ministry of Textiles, graced the occasion as chief guest. Arijit Banerjee, Secretary of National Jute Board, Ministry of Textiles, D Chattopadhyay, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Calcutta, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, veteran fashion designer and Asvini Kumar Yadav, Commissioner of Textiles, government of West Bengal were also present as guests of honour.
The institute&’s textile design department showcased its collections at its graduation show — TANTU 2013. Students designed their collections during their final year graduation projects, which demanded over 18 weeks under the guidance of the faculty and industry mentors. The students developed the collections keeping in mind the trend forecast for the upcoming seasons.
Shreya Kanoi from the textile department took away the awards for best academic performance, best graduation project and most creative collection while Nikhar Jain also won the best graduation project award.
Sanchari Dutta, from the fashion technology department, was honoured with the best academic performance award, while Ritika Debnath won the best graduation project and most commercially viable project titles. In the most innovative project award category, Diptesh Saha grabbed the topmost spot. Students of the master of fashion management course took the graduation research project as a part of their academic curriculum of the fourth semester.
The objective of this project was to encourage students to relate to theoretical inputs from contextual studies offered during the course. The projects were related to apparel marketing management, apparel retail management, institutional marketing including promotion and publicity, visual merchandising and garment export merchandising.
Nishta Agarwal from the fashion management department got the award for best academic performance and she shared the title for best project in marketing with Sarwat Pawar. Nimisha Dhingra and Nikhita Fatehpuria shared the top slots for best graduation project in merchandising and fashion management practices.
Students from fashion, leather and textile design departments got their degrees on 29 May by chief guest Tanushree Sankar, veteran dancer. Also present was Binwant Kaur, Director of Nift Kolkata along with other departmental heads.
Deserving candidates received their awards from designers like Kallol Dutta, a representative of Sabyasachi Couture and Shantanu Goenka, NIFT alumni. Mohammad Zubaer won the student of the year award, while Snigdha Seksaria, Pooja Das and Vidisha Jain won awards for best academic performances. Radhika Prashar won the best design collection award while Poulomi Roy and Pooja Harbhajanka topped the most creative collection category in fashion and knitwear design, respectively.
Anish Kumar and Priyanka Kumari shared the best graduation project awards for leather designs and Vidisha Jain and Pooja Harbhajanka topped the list in the knitwear design category. For the best use of traditional skills in contemporary styling category,
Usha Gupta topped the chart and Anish Kumar received the most innovative use of material award.