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Posted on Jan 19, 09:54PM | IBNS
Internationally acclaimed fashioners, artists and industry body members came together as the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) joined hands with NIFT to organize the first ever International Seminar on "Fashion in Global Economy - Emerging Challenges and New Directions", at the NIFT Kolkata Campus on Saturday.
Noted painter Shuvaprasanna, who inaugurated the day-long seminar said, "Design is everywhere; nature is the greatest designer of them all. And India has a very rich heritage and culture to draw inspirations."
Aloke Mookherjea, Chairman, Education and Skill Development Sub-Committee, CII Eastern Region, stressed the importance of the apparel industry in Indian economy and the possibilities of developing it by skilling people.
He also said, "Fashion and Apparel Business is not only earning second highest foreign exchange for the country, but is also the second largest employment providers in the nation. It is extremely relevant to highlight the significance of the Indian Fashion Industry in the Global economy at the present juncture."
Prem Kumar Gera, IAS, Director General, National Institute of Fashion Technology, said, "NIFT has 15 centres throughout the country and these centres are producing the much needed numbers of designers that India needs to keep up with the global competition".
A K Sinha of Jaya Shree Textiles said, "This International Seminar is a timely initiative. In this changing world, beauty pageants, smart technologies and the growing middle class are the decisive factors for changing fashion technology. There is ample scope for the industry to grow and we should maximize the potential."
K Rangarajan, Professor and Head, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Kolkata, dwelt upon the role of India in the context of Global Economy.
He said, "Though the opportunity for growth is huge, we need to proceed cautiously by mapping the present clusters and creation of cluster levels, faster development of infrastructure and creation of network".
Nari Kalwani, Chairman and Managing Director of Asian Leather Ltd, said, "Fashion Industry and leather industry are complimentary to each other and one does not thrive unless the other is also doing so".
After the inaugural session, two Technical Sessions were held - "Emerging Challenges and Roadmaps in the Indian Fashion Industry" and "Fashion in Global Economy - Emerging Challenges and New Directions".