The NIFT Shillong, has signed MoU with the NEHHDC to promote apparel and allied Industry

Shillong, Sept 03: The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Shillong, has signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the North  Eastern Handicrafts  and  Handlooms Development Corporation Limited (NEHHDC), a CPSE    under  the   Ministry of  Development  of  North  Eastern  Region  (DoNER),  Government of  India.

The MoU was signed by Dr. Arindam Das, Director NIFT Shillong and NIFT is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, and the pioneering institute of fashion education in the country.

NIFT Shillong was established in the year 2008 and is the first premier fashion institute of North East India. NIFT Shillong has committed itself in exploring growth paradigms and to act as catalyst in formulating the structural roadmap for apparel and allied Industry.

The NEHHDC  was  incorporated  in  the  year  1977 with an  objective  to  develop  and promote  the  indigenous  crafts  of the  region  by  connecting  craftsman  to  prospective  markets  and  consumers  and  generating  economic,  cultural  and  social  opportunities  for  creators  while  adding  cultural  value  for  consumers.

It  offers  a  range  of  products  from  all  the  eight  North  Eastern  states.  The organisation  procures  handicrafts  and  handlooms  from  artisans  and weavers  across  the  region  and  retails  the  same  through  its  chain  of  emporia located  at  Shillong,  Guwahati,New Delhi, Varanasi and  Kevadia (Gujarat).

The MoU,with an initial tenure of three years,was signed on behalf of NIFT and NEHHDC respectively by Dr. Arindam Das, Director NIFT Shillong and Brigadier Rajiv Kumar Singh (Retd.), Managing Director NEHHDC.

The MoU seeks to support and enhance the professional growth and development of artisans and weavers from the North Eastern Region and the development and promotion of the Northeast Handicraft & Handloom Sectors. The main areas of collaboration.

Sharing of knowledge and available resources in the professional interest of artisans and weavers from the North Eastern Region, leading to Innovative Product Development & Design Interventionin the clusters of North East as identified by NEHHDC.

Development of Handloom and Handicraft sector of North East India and through Outreach Programmes on Design, Technology and Businessdevelopment for artisans and weavers.

Craft Exposure Visits by students and faculty members of NIFT Shillong in different clusters of North East Indiasupported NEHHDC. NEHHDC will also facilitate Internships and Field Trips for NIFT students from NIFT Shillong and other NIFT Campuses as per availability of resources.

Sharingof information and data and facilities such Resource Centre / Knowledge Management Centre available in each organization. Joint Research &Development, MSME development projects, design-development projects, training programmes, workshops, seminars, conferences and fashion shows, etc.

NIFT Shillong will assist NEHHDC in improvement of product packaging, product presentation, labelling and branding.

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