Youth keen on pursuing higher education in Garment Manufacturing Technology (GMT) and Apparel Science (AS) have got a new opportunity now. The Garment Research Training and Design Centre, established by the government in Bellary, has planned to introduce degree courses in Garment Manufacturing Technology and Apparel Science from the current academic year.
“After the Bangalore-based National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), the centre in Bellary is the first to introduce degree courses in GMT,” Ravindra Bhandiwad, Principal of the centre, told The Hindu EducationPlus.
With the encouragement derived from conducting professional short-term certificate courses in Apparel Technology and providing placement for the successful students for the past two years, the centre has come forward to offer degree courses in the Apparel/Fashion Technology arena to augment availability of quality human resource to meet the demand from the growing apparel industry and academic and research institutes related to apparel technology.
In these courses the student will learn key aspects of the industry which include manufacturing technology, fashion design and marketing in both local and global contexts. The formal approval of the government was awaited to run the degree courses.
For a global outlook
The centre provides professional education covering the whole spectrum of apparel technology and develops graduates with global outlook and creative thinking. The education is imparted through theory sessions conducted by qualified and experienced teaching staff, practical sessions through well-structured experiments in laboratories equipped with modern machinery/ equipment, spacious classrooms with facilities for overhead projectors and LCD projectors, guest lectures by experts from industry and assignments, projects and internships.
The degree course will be taught as per the syllabus provided by the newly established Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Bellary. The syllabus has been prepared by experts from both academica and industry and has been forwarded to the Board of Studies for its approval. Degree certificate will be awarded by the University to successful students.
In the first two semesters, the subjects are the same for both the courses. In these semesters subjects related to science, apparel technology, textile technology and basic aspects of engineering subjects are included. In the following semesters the subjects are included as per the course.
While production and industrial engineering subjects are emphasised in B.Sc (Garment Manufacturing Technology), fashion design, pattern making and apparel quality-related subjects are prominent in the B.Sc. (Apparel Science) programme. The student will qualify for technical and managerial positions based on specialisation, including Production Executives/Industrial Engineering Coordinators, Pattern Making Professionals, CAD Incharge, Quality Control Executives, and Product Development Executives,
The centre plans to admit 40 students each in the two courses to be introduced. The prospectus, which is under print, will be made available during this week. The centre plans to collect Rs. 15,000 as fees for a year, which includes University fees too.
The GTDC is located on a 2.2 acre land at Nallacheruvu area with all the necessary infrastructure – administrative blocks, academic block and separate hostels for boys and girls. The centre has state-of-the-art machinery in sewing, pattern making and cutting, garment finishing and computer-aided designing. “The modern facilities will help the students and professionals to come up with innovative and globally competitive products”, Mr. Bhandiwad says. Leading apparel industries will be invited to hold campus interviews.
The centre has professionally qualified personnel having relevant teaching and industrial experience. They are trained by NIFT to hone their teaching skills in specialised areas. “For the additional teaching staff required for the degree courses, a proposal has been forwarded to the government to sanction the posts. Until approval is given, we plan to take the help of guest lecturers,” Mr. Bhandiwad adds.