Shillong, May 29 (PTI) Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani today urged the fashion technology students to hone their skills to become more competent as there is huge potential in the fashion industry. Also Read - Monsoon Session Day 2: Lok Sabha Passes Essential Commodities Bill to Raise Farmer Income, Boost Agri Sector | Highlights

Irani said, So today we have a whole generation of new designers…with a grand future. But what are the key ingredients in your success, what is the one thing that will differentiate you from others, that is absolute and absolute competence. Hone that skill as competence is very rare. The minister said that time has come to stand out as different from others. Also Read - 'Jammu And Kashmir to Reopen For Tourism Soon', Says J&K Administration

“The value of fashion industry is huge in today’s world. In 2016 it was Rs 20,000 crore and that of the individual economic growth of Indian designers was Rs 1,000 crore,” Irani said while addressing the convocation of the National Institute of Fashion Technology. Also Read - COVID-19: Centre Announces Guidelines For Unlock 2, Lockdown Till July 31 in Containment Zones

Praising the performance of the students of NIFT in this field, the minister said that the efficiency of this institution can be imagined by the fact that 80 per cent of designers in India pass out of NIFT.

She said when one is committed to his skills everyday and competence comes when one is honest with himself. She appealed to the students to contribute to make a new world for themselves and a new India.

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