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NIFT proposal pending clearance
Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Aug 17 – Assam Government’s plea for revising the project cost of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) is pending final clearance of the Board of Governors of the Institute.

A proposal for setting up NIFT Centre in Assam was received from the State Government in October 2009. The State Government was asked to convey a firm commitment of Rs 59.65 crore. Subsequently, on July 7, the State Government sought phase-wise requirement of funds and other details, divulged Minister of State for Textile, Panabaaka Lakshmi in a Lok Sabha reply.

The NIFT gave its reply on August 10 informing that the revised project cost would be conveyed with the approval of the Board of Governors of NIFT, the Minister said, adding that two new NIFT have been opened in Jodhpur and Bhubaneswar in July.

Currently, there are 15 NIFT functioning in the country, including one in Shillong, for which Rs 35 crore has been earmarked.

The Minister further informed that there is a proposal to set up National Institute of Design (NID) in four States, including Assam. The State Governments have been requested to allot land for setting up the institutes, she added.

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