Their metamorphosis from cautious caterpillars to colourful butterflies ready to take flight, is quite evident.

Most girls were timid and even gawky to an extent when they first walked into the precincts of Samana Institute of Fashion Technology (SIFT). Today, they are all set to make an exit as wise, confident, knowledgeable and productive individuals, eager to contribute to the improvement of self, the society and the world as a whole.

It was the second anniversary celebrations of SIFT, a platform created for freshers and the outgoing batches to interact and befriend one another.

“Our main aim is to provide comprehensive tools and resources to the girls for their all-round development besides financial well being. We encourage continued growth and development towards wholeness,” said Samana Moosavi, CEO of the institute.

Gaiety marked the celebration which started with the traditional ritual of cutting a cake by Ms. Samana. Sharing a piece of the cake with the directors of the institutes, students and well-wishers, she said the two eventful years would not have been possible but for the unflinching support of her team.

A competition between the in-house designers in ‘fashion draping' triggered friendly hoots among supporters of the competitors and the audience cheered the participants who walked the ramp showcasing their designs. Fun games like ‘Tambola' and dance competitions were other highlights. A skit depicting parents' initial disappointment when their ward chooses fashion designing as a career and how the displeasure gradually alters into a sense of pride when they find an unmistakable growth of the child, served its purpose.

There were some emotional moments too. Many misty-eyed students spoke about how they would miss the institute when they leave this place.

Many students suggested that inclusion of guest lectures by fashion designers of international fame would further boost the confidence level of the students.

“Their proposal makes a lot of sense. Such lectures at least twice a year would give the required exposure to my students. I have taken note of it and I'll start working on it very soon,” said Ms. Samana.

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