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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 doctoral Full time and Part time programme through its Head Office in Delhi. The programme is in recognition of high academic achievements, independent research and application of knowledge in the areas of Design, Management and Technology. The programme is designed for the purpose of carrying out research in textiles, fashion and the apparel sector to create 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.

PhD Program was launched in 2009 with 7 students and currently 58 students are pursuing PhD from NIFT. 35 scholars have been awarded PhD till now.

A categorisation the research areas where NIFT Ph.D. scholars have worked is given below:

1. Craft Studies: Research in this area focuses on traditional crafts, artisans, and their techniques. Scholars may study craft preservation, revival, and innovation to promote and sustain indigenous crafts.

2. Green Fashion: This research area explores sustainable practices in the fashion industry, such as eco-friendly materials, recycling, reducing waste, ethical sourcing, and promoting environmentally conscious fashion choices.

3. Teaching Pedagogy and Design Education: Scholars in this field investigate teaching methods and strategies for design education. They explore innovative approaches to curriculum development, pedagogy, and evaluation in fashion and design institutes.

4. Colour Forecast and Fashion Trends: Research in this area involves analyzing color trends, forecasting future color palettes, and studying the impact of color on fashion and consumer behavior.

5. Creative Pattern Making: This research area focuses on developing innovative techniques and technologies for pattern making in the fashion industry. Scholars explore new methods for creating patterns that enhance design possibilities and improve garment fit.

6. Textile Chemical Finishing: Scholars working in this area study various chemical processes and treatments used to enhance textile properties, such as dyeing, printing, and finishing techniques.

7. Garment and Footwear: This research area involves studying garment and footwear design, production techniques, material selection, and technological advancements to improve the quality, functionality, and aesthetics of clothing and footwear.

8. Studies on Period Costumes and Textiles: Scholars in this field research historical costumes, textiles, and their significance in various periods and cultures. They explore historical fashion trends, techniques, and cultural contexts.

9. Textile and Fashion Recycling: This research area focuses on developing sustainable practices for recycling textile waste and post-consumer garments. Scholars study recycling technologies, circular economy models, and the environmental impact of textile waste.

10. Sustainability, Consumer Behavior, and Brand Study: Scholars in this area investigate consumer behavior related to sustainable fashion choices. They examine consumer attitudes towards sustainable brands and the influence of sustainability on brand image and marketing strategies.

11. Supply Chain Management: This research area explores the efficient management of the fashion supply chain, including sourcing, production, distribution, and logistics. Scholars study strategies to optimize the supply chain, reduce lead times, and improve sustainability.

12. Zero Waste Patterns: Research in this field focuses on developing innovative design techniques and patterns that minimize fabric waste during garment production. Scholars explore zero waste design principles and their application in the fashion industry.

13. Textile and Apparel Industry: This research area involves studying the overall dynamics of the textile and apparel industry, including market trends, industry structure, global trade, and technological advancements.

These research areas demonstrate the diverse fields of study that NIFT Ph.D. scholars have engaged in to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the fashion and textile industry.

The areas of research of the thirty-five PhD awardees there batch and topic of study are given below:

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
32 Nishant Sharma 2014 Fashion Education and Demand of Professionals in the Fashion Industry: Relevance of the Knitwear Design Curriculum
33 Sanjay Sharma 2014 A diagnostic study and socio-economic analysis of handloom sector of Himachal Pradesh
34 Shalini Mathur 2014 Evaluation of sustainable development in textile dyeing and printing: a study at jodhpur
35 Ekta Gupta 2016 Case study on the Moti Bharat Needle craft of Kutch District of Gujarat




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)
  • A PNEUMATIC FOLDER, Patent Application No: 202311028472, Patent Filing Date: 19.04.2023, Inventors: Mr. Naveen Ghanghas, Dr. Deepak Panghal, Dr. Prabir Jana, 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
  • IPAC Assessment has been conducted on 30.09.2021, IP-Inline Detection of Skip Stitch and automating live feedback, Inventors: Tejas Vilas Shirore, GaganSinghvi and Prof. Dr. Pavan Godiawala-NIFT Mumbai
  • IPAC Assessment has been conducted on 24.09.2022, Kewra Fiber as Textile Products, Inventors: Biswajeet-MDes. Student, Prof. Dr. Sharmila J. Dua (Mentor) and Dr. Rashmi Thakur (Mentor) from NIFT Mumbai
  • IPAC Assessment has been conducted on 12.04.2023, Textile Electrode design allowing electronic component embedding below the fabric surface, Inventors: Md. Vaseem Chauhan, Asstt. Prof., NIFT-Hyderabad


NIFT faculty members are also actively engaged in writing books, chapters in books and research papers in journals. There are more than 1000 papers in leading academic research journals, approx. 20 articles in commercial magazines/newspapers, approx. 140 books/book chapters and approximately 800 paper presentations in seminars and conferences, and creative works of more than 40 faculties were displayed in various exhibitions.