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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 part time PhD in the areas of design, management and technology as applied with broad reference to textiles, fashion, lifestyle and apparel sectors of the industry. The programme is designed for the purpose of creating 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.

Areas of Research-PhD scholars at NIFT have worked in the areas of Anthropometry and Fit, Product Development, Technology Development, Textiles, Sustainability, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Trend Studies and Craft Studies.

PhD Program was launched in 2009 with 7 students and currently 33 students are pursuing PhD from NIFT. Twenty scholars have been awarded PhD till now.

5 students were conferred with the doctoral degree in 2018. The areas of research of the twenty PhD awardees are:

NIFT PhD Degree Awardees
S.No. Name Year of Award Thesis Title
1 Vikas Kumar 2018 Influence of Social Media in Promoting Sportswear Brands and Consumer Decision Making
2 Ankur Saxena 2018 Prospects of Green Manufacturing in Delhi/NCR Apparel Industry
3 Kaustav Sengupta 2018 An integrative analysis on values and lifestyle (VALS) of Indian Youth in Metro Cities and it's Impact on their Clothing Colour Preference, Colour - Emotion and Colour-Image Association.
4 Jaspal Singh Kalra 2018 Design Education for Chikankari Artisans: A Tool for Social Innovation
5 Hemalatha Jain 2018 A Study on the Patteda Anchu Sari of North Karnataka And it's Revival for Sustenance of the Craft
6 Jagriti Mishra 2017 Impact of Store Attributes on Consumer Buying Behaviour in Indian Luxury Apparel Fashion Segment
7 Monika Gupta 2017 Formulating Contouring Increments For Varied Bust Sizes
8 Vandana Jaglan 2017 Costuming in Hindi Films (1950-2010)
9 Manoj Tiwari 2017 Size Chart Standardization of Bottom-Wear for Indian Male Youth (18-29 Years)
10 Priyanka Gupta 2017 Studies on Bacterial Contamination of White Coats and Design of Uniforms for Hospital Nurses
11 Vandita Seth 2017 Study of Tangaliya Craft of Saurashtra - A Model for Sustainable Development through Design Intervention
12 Vidya Rakesh 2016 Standardization of Body Measurements for Urban Women of Uttar Pradesh
13 Shinju Mahajan 2016 Design and Development of Toddler’s Footwear- A User Centric Approach
14 Pavan Godiwala 2016 Development of Daylight Harvesting Device
15 Malini Divakala 2016 Contemporary articulation and sustainability of painted textile tradition of south India – A case study on Kalamkari / Vraatapani
16 Shalini Sud 2015 Determinants of Fashion Trends for Salwar, Kameez, Dupatta (SKD): A Delhi/National Capital Region (NCR) Perspective
17 Suruchi Mittar 2015 Impact of Human Resource Management Practices on Organizational Performance in the Garment Manufacturing Firms in Delhi/ NCR
18 Suhail Anwar 2015 Impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on Students’ Performance: A case of India’s Higher Education in Fashion Design
19 Varsha Gupta 2014 Study of Recycling of Post-Consumer Textile Waste in a Selected Area of  North India and Framing a Model for  Sustainable Development
20 Vandana Narang 2014 Pattern Development for Menswear using Block Method – A Fresh Approach

Research by Faculty

NIFT faculty members are also engaged in innovation of systems and tools for apparel industry and continuously challenging the stereotypes. Some of the innovative researches include 3D printing of machine parts, sizing for baby diaper, self defence wearables, computerised sewing skill evaluation system, to name a few.

Patents

NIFT has applied for patent for Self Defence Wearable, jointly invented by Dr. Noopur Anand and Dr. Deepak Panghal. 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).

Patent process has been initiated for
  • 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 -Mr. Sirfraj Ahmed & Dr. Deepak Panghal

Publication

NIFT faculty members are also actively engaged in writing books, chapters in books and research papers in journals. There are more than around 780 papers in leading academic research journals, 20 articles in commercial magazines/newspapers, 128 books/book chapters and approximately 850 paper presentations in seminars and conferences all the world by NIFT faculty members during last 7 years.

Incubation Centres

NIFT has initiated Setting up Creative Design and Business Incubation Centre (CDBIC) for Handloom sector, Karnataka and Incubation Centre in Apparel Manufacturing at Gwalior. To foster innovation and to create an integrated workspace and linkages–based entrepreneurial ecosystem for start-ups culture amongst the alumni and industry.