The realm of the possible is very often a matter of conviction and self belief. These were in high evidence at the function at the refurbished Handloom Haat in the centre of New Delhi, near Connaught Place, a gorgeous office and exhibition space, where the honourable Minister for Textiles, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani launched three new projects of NIFT. NIFT leveraged the diversity and spread of its campuses, the unique craft exposure of its student body and the strength and reach of its alumni, in the making of these proposals.
Challenge no.1 – is it possible to create an annual trend forecast which captures the bewildering diversity and richness of the Indian mind and its preferences, andprovidesseasonal direction that can be used by the Apparel Industry?
Challenge no.2 – how does one capture and catalogue the richness and variety of the textile and craft heritage of the country and how does this find expression in a modern idiom that can be accessed globally?
Challenge no.3 – does NIFT have in itself the capability to identify and nurture ideas with potential to be viable business propositions, and do its bit for the start up economy of the country?
On the 5th of March, 2019, the answer to all the above questions was a resounding yes. As she flagged off the projects, the hon’ble Minister complimented NIFT for the innovativeness of the idea, the resilience that team NIFT showed, the couragein taking on disruptive technologies like Artificial intelligence and big data analytics to further project objectives, and the strategic value that these projects could potentially have for the Indian Industry. The Minister of State, MoT, Sri Ajay Tamta, Sri Rajiv Sethi, Founder Chairman, Asian Heritage Foundation, and DC Handlooms, Sri Sanjay Rastogi, also spoke on the occasion.