Textiles minister Smriti Irani laid the foundation stone of National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) centre. She announced that the Union government would assist Haryana in developing silk weaving units in Panipat, Ambala, Sirsa and Panchkula.
The minister said both Central and state governments would make efforts in these four districts in the next year. Describing textile as the second largest employment-giving sector after agriculture, she said that since the Haryana government had received investment proposals worth Rs 7 lakh crore from prospective investors, the Union government would give all kinds of support for execution of the agreements Haryana had entered into for development of textile industries.
The NIFT centre would be completed in two years and students enrolled there would get guidance from international experts as the centre has an agreement with 32 global institutes. It would come up in an area of more than 10 acre in Panchkula at a cost of Rs 100 crores. As many as six regular degree courses would be offered by the institute. The upcoming centre would cater to the needs of 230 students every year out of which 20 per cent seats would be reserved for the domiciles of Haryana.