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Empowering children through education

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While the rest of the world celebrates Children’s Day on November 20 every year, India celebrates it six days ahead, on the birth anniversary of its most beloved Prime Minister – Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. With the Right to Education Bill passed successfully by our parliamentarians, education has become a fundamental right of children across the country.

However, education is not penetrating the darkest corners of India’s society, due to poor implementation. But at the same time, educationists across the country are doing their bit by stretching a lending hand to the needy and teaching the importance of education in a child’s life.

Sharonee Mullick, principal of Singapore International School (SIS), Mumbai, said, “Even though the literacy rate has gone up in our country, there are large sections of society which are deprived of basic education. It is our duty to step in and share our resources with those who are in need of help.” Read More>>

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Mumbai is international school capital

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India’s financial capital is now its international school capital as well. The largest number of schools in the country affiliated to the two international boards that have set foot in India – International Baccalaureate (IB) and International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) – are in Mumbai.

While 22 of the 65 IB schools in the country are located in Mumbai, 54 of the 206 IGCSE schools in India are located in and around Mumbai.

The city has more than twice the number of international schools than Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida put together. Read More >>

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Career Options in Fashion Designing

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Recently the Lakhme Fashion Week celebrated its 10th anniversary since its inception with a grand bash and fashion show. In the last decade fashion has become huge business in India. Young people want to be ‘en vogue’ and this has resulted in a thriving textile, garment industry, leather and accessories industry.

As the gorgeous models of Lakhme Fashion Week walked the ramp and strutted their stuff in vibrant colours and elegant accessories, I thought to myself, well this is a profession I’m sure a lot of young people would aspire too and so here I am writing to you about a career in fashion designing.

Fashion design is a profession full of creativity; it is a highly competitive industry and requires people to be extremely talented and industrious.

Fashion designing can be divided into three main branches – Garment design, Leather design, Accessory and Jewellery design. The major functional areas in the industry are designing, merchandising, popularizing and marketing of the various styles and products.


After training a fashion designer can work in numerous areas like

  • Designer Wear Production
  • Planning and Concept Management
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Design Production Management
  • Fashion Media
  • Quality Control
  • Fashion Accessory Design
  • Brand Promotion

A fashion designer can be engaged as a

  • Costume Designer
  • Fashion Consultant
  • Personal Stylist
  • Technical Designer
  • Production Pattern Maker
  • Fashion Coordinator
  • Apparel Production Manager
  • Fabric Buyer
  • Fabric Quality Control Manager
  • Showroom Sales Representative
  • Illustrator
  • Cutting Assistant
  • Outside Sales Representative
  • Entrepreneur

A Fashion Designer can find a job at a large number of places including

  • Export Houses
  • Garment Store Chains
  • Textile Mills
  • Leather Companies
  • Boutiques
  • Fashion Show Organizers
  • Jewelry Houses
  • Media houses specializing in fashion or
  • TV show and Film production houses

Courses in Fashion Designing

There are Graduate, Post graduate, Certificate and Diploma courses in Fashion Designing that a student can do.

Admission to a course in fashion designing is competitive and through a written test, group discussion and interview. Students can choose one from several courses available in areas such as Accessory & Jewelry Design, Modeling, Garment Designing, Leather Designing, Interior Designing, Textile Technology, Textile Design and Footwear Design.

Some Institutes Offering Fashion Designing Courses

  • International Institute of Fashion Technology (IIFT), Ground Floor, South Extension 2, H-12, Gautam Nagar, New Delhi, Phone: 011 24620430
  • IEC School of Art and Fashion, H.O. IEC House, M-92, Connaught Place, Opp. Super Bazar, New Delhi 110001. Phone : 3325667, 3325938
  • Pearl Academy of Fashion, A 21/13, Naraina Industrial Area, Phase 2, New Delhi, Phone: 011 41417693
  • Centre for International Management, A 231, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase 1 , New Delhi– 110020
  • Delhi Institute of Fashion Technology, 23, Raja Garden, IInd Floor, Above Vijaya Bank , New Delhi– 110015
  • Apeejay Institute of Design, 54, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, Mehrauli Badarpur Road , New Delhi- 110026
  • Asian Polytechnic, E-99, Mansarover Garden , New Delhi – 110015
  • Aryabhatt Polytechnic, G.T. Karnal Road, Adjacent to Shakti Nagar Telephone Exchange , New Delhi  – 110033
  • National Institute of Fashion Design (NIFD), House, Sco 32-33-34-35, Sector 8-C, Madhya Marg, Chandigarh  Phone: +91-0172-2784980, +91-0172-2784981
  • Design and Innovation Academy (D.I.A.), A-94/10, Sector-58 , Noida, Gautam Buddha Nagar Dist. Uttar Pradesh – 201303 Phone: 0120-2585878 / 79 / 80
  • A.L.T. Training College, Kaikodanahalli, Sarjapur Road, Near Bellandur Gate, Carmelram Post , Bangalore– 560035
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) at New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Gandhinagar, Hyderabad and Chennai
  • Academy of fashion and Textile Technology (A.F.T.T.) #16, Gemini Parsn Complex, 3rd Floor,121, Mount Road, Chennai, Tamil Nadu – 600006
  • Apparel Training and Design Centre (A.T.D.C.), 116-B (Old No.-70-A), Vellalar Street, Mogappair west, Near Golden Flats Bus Stop, Chennai – 600037
  • Auxilium School of Interior Design, D 8, Halls Towers, 56 Halls Road, Egmore, Chennai – 600008
  • Central Footwear Training Centre, 65/1, GST Road, Guindy, Chennai, TN – 600032
  • Central Leather Research Institute, Adyar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu– 600020
  • Avinashilingam University for Women, Mettupalayam Road , Coimbatore– 641043
  • Academy of Hair Styling, Mumbai, Yari Road, Versova, Andheri , Mumbai – 400102
  • Aastha Institute of Gemmology, Office. No. 102, First Floor Radiant Plaza, Above ABN Amro Bank,  327 M.G.Road, Camp,  Pune – 411001
  • Creations – The School of Design and Technology, 4, Lunkad Villa, Opp. Cafe Coffee Day, Law College Road, Pune– 411004
  • Anima Institute of Fashion, 1, Shambhu Nath Pandit Street, Beside Lazeez Restaurant, Kolkata – 700020
  • Arch Academy of Design, Jaipur, Plot No. 9, Govind Marg, Opp. Block A, Malviya Nagar Institutional Area, Jaipur, Rajasthan – 302017
  • Arihant Diamond Institute, Ground Floor, Hare Krishna Complex, Dalagiya Mahollo, Mahidhar Pura , Surat, Gujarat  – 395003
  • Arvindbhai Patel Institute of Environmental Design (A.P.I.E.D.), Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat
  • APIED Campus, Near Bhaikaka Library, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Anand Dist. – 388120
  • Avi School of Fashion and Shoe Technology, S.C.O. 493-94, IInd Floor, Sector 35-C , Chandigarh
  • Banasthali Vidyapeeth,PO. Banasthali Vidyapith, Tonk Dist., Rajasthan – 304022
  • C.U. Shah Polytechnic, Surendranagar Dist., Gujarat – 363001
  • Central Footwear Training Centre, C-41-42, Site-‘C’, Industrial Area, Sikandra, Agra, Uttar Pradesh – 282007
  • Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (C.E.P.T.),
    Kasturbhai Lalbhai Campus, University Road , Ahmedabad, Gujarat – 380009
  • National Institute of Design (NID) Paldi, Near Sanskar Kendra Museum, Ahmedabad, Gujarat Phone: 079 26623692
  • D.A.V. Polytechnic for Women, Jagadhri Road, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana
  • Department of Industrial Training and Vocational Education, Ambala, Haryana
  • Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Dayalbagh, Agra Uttar Pradesh– 282005
  • Blitz Institute of Creative Arts (B.I.C.A.), 2nd Floor, Shakumbhari Complex, Bhelupur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh – 221005
  • Assam Textile Institute, Ambaari, Kamrup , Guwahati, Assam – 781001

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Parents come together to fight education mafia in Mumbai

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Parents upset at schools charging high fees but not delivering on quality have joined hands to fight the system collectively. A rainbow coalition of parents and parent organisations are getting together to form the All India Federation of Parents’ Associations so that they can collectively battle irregularities in the system. The federation is in the process of getting itself registered with Mumbai’s charity commissioner.

“While commercialisation of education is rampant throughout the country, there is a growing criminalisation of the education system. We want to stop it before it spreads like cancer,” says Dr Avisha Kulkarni, the sole parent on the state government fee regulatory committee, who will be the general secretary of the federation. Incidentally, Kulkarni is involved in a legal battle against the management of her daughter’s school over fees.

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