Top brands make a beeline for Nift graduates; salaries up 75%

New Delhi, Jan 22 | Updated: Jan 23 2007, 05:30am hrs
Good fortunes look fresh graduates in the face at the National Institute of Fashion Technology here. Over 200 companies, including retail majors Reliance and design leaders Tommy Hilfiger and Benetton, have converged in on Nift for campus recruitment.

As a result, salaries offered have jumped over 75% in 2007. The highest salary this year is over Rs 700,000 a year. On offer are over 1,200 jobs for 550 graduates.

Some of the top recruiters that have made a beeline for Nift are: Pantaloon, Reliance Retail, Pyramid, Shopper's Stop and Lifestyle and Khadim from retail segment. In the design category, the big names include, Tommy Hillfiger, Indian Terrain, Madura garments, Raymonds, Colorplus, Benetton, Arvind VF, Ginny & Johny and Welspun.

This time, renowned designers like JJ Valaya, Abhishek Gupta, Raghvendra Rathore, Pooja Nayar and consultants such as Technopak, Third Eyesite and Munch Design have also shown interest in Nift graduates.

Luxury goods and cosmetic brands like Intercraft Trading and AYN Accessory Trading from Germany are also amongst the potential recruiters.

Similarly, many foreign companies like Brandix Apparel from Sri Lanka, Landmark (Dubai), MUST Garments (Bahrain), Mayfair & Paris Group, Dubai, had come to the campus for the first time paying dollar salaries, said a senior Nift official.

The 2007 placements are important as students graduating this year were trained under the newly structured curriculum. The old structure and format of Nift programmes were phased out in 2004-05.

Keeping in mind the market requirements and the spread of Nift across seven centres, placements this year were organised centrally.

This way, a company like Madura Garments could come to Nift Delhi and recruit students for manufacturing, designing, merchandising, and retailing, all at the same time, making their selection from among students of all seven Nift centres in Delhi.