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UNEP India, NIFT to jointly offer fashion course

Oct 14, 2021
UNEP India, NIFT to jointly offer fashion course

New Delhi

United Nations Environment Programme (UEP) and the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) have joined hands to offer a general elective course on ''Design Innovation for Sustainable Fashion'' to students of the institute.

More than 20 batches of this elective course are currently running across 17 NIFT campuses in India, a release stated. Addressing a webinar, UNEP India Country Office Head Atul Bagai said that UNEP India is working on several initiatives on sustainability in the textiles sector.

He said that, they are helping the (Textiles) Ministry to develop a roadmap for a sustainable textile hub in Surat for assisting sustainability and circularity in this sector. They are also working on a study on sustainability in the Indian Handlooms and UNEP has been working with Lakme Fashion Week on the Circular Design Challenge.

Speaking at the webinar, Textiles Secretary Upendra Prasad Singh said sustainability has to be practised in the entire value chain of textiles, not just in the production but also in the consumption of textiles.

Shantmanu, Director General, NIFT, said that, due to the overwhelming response, they may make ''Design Innovation for Sustainable Fashion'' a mandatory course for students or even a certificate or diploma course in the future because sustainable fashion and sustainable development is the need of the hour.

The textile industry is one of the largest global industries, with a market value of approximately US $ 3.3 trillion, accounting for 2% of the global GDP with one in six people in the world working in a fashion-related industry.

Source: The Outlook

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