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Ph.D programme

The award of PhD degree is in recognition of high academic achievements, independent research and application of knowledge in various areas of Fashion. Creative and productive enquiry is the basic concept underlying the research work.
NIFT offers part time PhD in the areas of design, management and technology as applied with broad reference to textiles, fashion, lifestyle and apparel sectors of the industry. The programme is designed for the purpose of creating a body of original knowledge for the use of academia and industry at large.

Programme Structure- The programme has two phases: course work and thesis research. The first phase covers the first two years of course work (compulsory and selected). Successful completion of the first phase requires passing the comprehensive exam. The student then begins the second phase, i.e. thesis research work.

Areas of Research-PhD scholars at NIFT have worked in the areas of Anthropometry and Fit, Product Development, Technology Development, Textiles, Sustainability, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Trend Studies and Craft Studies.

PhD Program was launched in 2009 with 7 students and currently 53 students are pursuing PhD from NIFT. 31scholars have been awarded PhD till now.

03 students were conferred with the doctoral degree in 2021. The areas of research of the thirty-onePhD awardees are:

NIFT PhD Degree Awardees

S.No. Name of the Scholars Batch Topic
1 Vandana Narang 2009 Pattern Development for Menswear using Block Method – A Fresh Approach
2 Varsha Gupta 2009 Study of Recycling of Post-Consumer Textile Waste in a Selected Area of North India and Framing a Model for Sustainable Development
3 Shalini Sud 2009 Determinants of Fashion Trends for Salwar, Kamiz, Dupatta (SKD):  A Delhi/National Capital Region (NCR) Perspective
4 SuruchiMattar 2010 Impact of human resource management practices on organizational performance in the garment manufacturing firms in Delhi/ NCR
5 Suhail Anwar 2010 Impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on Students’ Performance: A case of India’s Higher Education in Fashion Design
6 Shinju Mahajan 2009 Design and development of toddler’s footwear- a user centric approach
7 Pavan Godiwala 2009 Development of daylight harvesting device
8 Vidya Rakesh 2010 Standardization of body measurements for urban women of Uttar Pradesh
9 Malini Divakala 2010 Contemporary articulation and sustainability of painted textile tradition of south india – A case study on kalamkari/vraatapani
10 Jagriti Mishra 2010 Impact of store attributes on consumer buying behaviour in Indian luxury apparel fashion segment
11 Monika Gupta 2009 Formulating Contouring Increments For Varied Bust Sizes
12 Vandana Jaglan 2010 Costuming in Hindi Films (1950-2010)
13 Manoj Tiwari 2010 Size Chart Standardization of Bottom-Wear for Indian Male Youth (18-29 Years)
14 Priyanka Gupta 2009 Studies on Bacterial Contamination of White Coats and Design of Uniforms for Hospital Nurses
15 Vandita Seth 2010 Study of Tangaliya Craft of Saurashtra - A Model for Sustainable Development through Design Intervention
16 Vikas Kumar 2010 Influence of social media in promoting sportswear brands and consumer decision making
17 Ankur Saxena 2011 Prospects of Green Manufacturing in Delhi/NCR Apparel Industry
18 Kaustav Sengupta 2010 An integrative analysis on values and lifestyle (VALS) of Indian youth in Metro cities and its impact on their clothing colour preference, colour - emotion and colour-image association.
19 Jaspal Singh Kalra 2014 Design Education for Chikankari Artisans: A Tool for Social Innovation
20 Hemalatha Jain 2014 A study on the PattedaAnchu sari of North Karnataka and it's revival for sustenance of the craft
21 Rumpa Reshmi Munshi 2011 Development of lathe attachment to aid the artisan in product diversification at turn-wood lac ware cluster of Channapatna
22  Yuvraj Garg 2011 Mapping Awareness, Availability and Acceptability of Environment-Friendly Clothing
23 Amit Kumar Anjanee 2012 Skill Set Requirement for Sewing Machine Operations in Garment Manufacturing Units
24  Paramita Sarkar 2011 A Study on Tribal Costumes of Tripura and its Transformation
25 Richa Sharma 2014 Study on effect of luminescence of photo-luminescent specialty pigments on textiles for the home Fashion
26 Prerna Kaushal 2012 Sustainable practices in India’s domestic apparel supply chain: Industry and consumer study
27 JomichanPathathil 2013 Adoption of CAD in Indian Garment Manufacturing Sector: An Assessment of Stakeholders Perception
28 Arindam Das 2013 A Framework for Assessment of Creativity: A Case Research on Fashion Design Programme at NIFT
29 Anupam Kapoor 2015 Clothing consumption and disposal patterns of Indian women: A comparative study of NCR and Mumbai
30 Neetu Singh 2016 A study of factors influencing brand experience and brand loyalty: A case of lingerie buyers of India
31 Muthu Kumar 2014 A Study of Design Perception of Branded Sports Shoes

Research by Faculty

NIFT faculty members are also engaged in innovation of systems and tools for apparel industry and continuously challenging the stereotypes. Some of the innovative researches include 3D printing of machine parts, sizing for baby diaper, self-defence wearables, computerised sewing skill evaluation system, to name a few.


Patent process has been initiated for

  • A PRESSER FOOT FOR A SEWING MACHINE, invented by Ms. Abhilasha, Prof.Dr. Prabir Jana &Dr. Deepak Panghal
  • A Needle Replacement System, invented by Mr. Shubham Tilara& Prof. Dr. Suhail Anwar
  • Self Defence Wearable, jointly invented by Dr. Noopur Anand and Dr. Deepak Panghal
  • Computerised Sewing Skill Evaluation System, invented jointly by Dr.Prabir Jana and Dr. Deepak Panghal with Mr. Dinesh Kumar of Design Innova
  • Advance Needle Guard, Inventors -Inventors- Mr. Sirfraj Ahmed &Dr. Deepak Panghal
  • Pedal-Less Attachment for SNLS Sewing Machine; Invented and self-funded by Mr. Abhishek Gangopadhyay, Mr. Ankur Makhija, NIFT Gandhi Nagar
  • Automatic Detachable Cycle Time & Output calculator for Industrial Sewing Machine (ADCTOC); Invented by Ms. Meenakshi Gupta, Mr. Ankur Makhija, NIFT Gandhi Nagar; supported and sponsored by M/S. Shahi Exports Pvt Ltd, Faridabad
  • An Automatic Sewing Needle Vending Machine, Patent Application Number: 201921006345, Patent Filing Date: 18.02.2019, Inventors: Ms. Akshita Mishra, Mr. Ankur Makhija, Applicant: National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)
  • An On Machine Broken Needle Collecting System for Sewing Machine, Patent Application Number: 201921006747, Patent Filing Date: 20.02.2019, Inventors: Ms. Ishita Upreti, Ms. Nitika Yadav, Mr. Ankur Makhija , Applicant: National Institute of Fashion Technology ( NIFT)
  • Dr. Pavan Godiawala has joint patent (with three other inventors from ATIRA, Ahmedabad) to his credit on production monitoring system for sewing machines in a garment manufacturing unit (patent no. 206591).
  • Indian Patent Application No. 201911053167, Filed on: December 20, 2019, the name of: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FASHION TECHNOLOGY, Title: A NEEDLE REPLACEMENT SYSTEM, Inventors: Shekhar Ravi, Shubham Tilara, Prabir Jana & Suhail Anwar


NIFT faculty members are also actively engaged in writing books, chapters in books and research papers in journals. There are more than around 909 papers in leading academic research journals, 17 articles in commercial magazines/newspapers, 135 books/book chapters and approximately 791 paper presentations in seminars and conferences, and creative woks of 42 faculty were displayed in various exhibitions.

Post Doctoral Fellowship positions 2023