Vision & Philosophy

PIFD Vision

  • PIFD aims to be a specialist design institute, catering to the demands of the industry.
  • Its goal is to provide a comprehensive design education that focuses on the relationship between the designed product and the consumer.
  • It aims to be the platform from which individuals can pursue challenging career options in the field of design.

PIFD Philosophy

Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design seeks to produce graduates who are able to combine design capability with manufacturing dexterity to create products that are functional and aesthetically appealing. It also equips the students with the necessary management and marketing tools in order to promote these products in markets around the world. PIFD endeavors to create a new generation of creative designers and highly skilled entrepreneurs to cater for the demand of the new millennium.

It was in 1994 that affiliation was established with the Ecole de La Chambre Syndicale de La Couture Parisienne originally developed by the French Federation of Fashion Designers in 1927. Intensive consultations were held to draw out a comprehensive four-year curriculum that would not only prepare the students for the local demands but also empower them to meet global standards. Mrs. Abbasi Akhtar, the first Principal, along with qualified faculty specially recruited from within and outside Pakistan, were involved in developing the curriculum which was thoroughly vetted for conformity with French standards of fashion design. In 2005, PSFD was affiliated with Mod’Spe Institute of Marketing, Paris established by Federation Francaise du pret-a-porter Feminin Paris in 1993, with the objective of developing curriculum and training faculty for the Fashion Marketing and Merchandising Programme.

In 2007 collaboration was established with the University College of Boras, Sweden. In 2008, it got affiliated with the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS), to provide requisite exposure to students and faculty of Jewellery Design and Gemological Sciences. The most significant landmark in the history of the institute is the degree-awarding status through the PIFD Act of 2011. The graduates completing their degree programmes will now be recognized at the national and international level.

Transformation From PSFD To PIFD

Pakistan School of Fashion Design (PSFD), the premier Fashion Design Institute in Pakistan, started its humble beginning in a rented campus in 1994, as a Project of Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan. The Vice-Chairman EPB, late Mr. Abu Shamim M. Ariff envisioned the establishment of the first Fashion School in the country. Mr. Ismail Qureshi, the Commercial Counselor in Paris, brought Mr. Oliver Lapidus, and Lahore was chosen to be the birthplace of PSFD.

Mr. Lapidus was also instrumental in the ground breaking decision by the Federation of Haute Couture, for PSFD affiliation with the leading French School, L’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Paris. This initiative was implemented on the ground by Mrs. Abbasi S. Akhtar, the first Principal of PSFD with the support of Madam Olga Saurat, Director, La Chambre, and Ms. Shazia Wiqar, a former student of La Chambre Syndicale. The faculty included Mr. Yasir Waheed, Ms. Maryse Faux, Ms. Angelika Kukla, Ms. Anila Qayum, Ms. Shama Saeed, and Mr. Philippe Germain-Vigliano. For sustainability, PSFD was very fortunate to have the support of the then Minister for Commerce, Mr. Ahmad Mukhtar, and Secretary Commerce Mr. Salman Farooqui. After 3 years, in 1996, Mrs. Naveed Shahzad took over as Principal, and the first Executive Committee (EC) was established with Mr. Ismail Khurram as its Chairman. The Institute was then supported by the Chairman, EPB, Mr. Khawaja Bilal, who was responsible for the renewal of affiliation with L’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, Paris in 1998.

In 2001, Prof. Hina Tayyaba became the Principal and was given the task to renew the School’s affiliation with the French School. The new Director La Chambre, Mr. Francois Broca provided all-out support in affiliation and improving the curriculum. The plan of establishing a purpose-built campus was pushed into action with the support of then Vice-Chairman EPB, Mr. Ijaz Ahmad Qureshi and Secretary Commerce Mr. Kamal Afsar. The financial system was introduced and implemented under the guidance of Chairman Executive Committee, Mr. Farrukh Hussain Sheikh, Mr. Pervaiz Hanif and Director General, EPB, Mr. Tariq Iqbal Puri. As chairperson of the Finance Committee, Mr. Pervaiz Hanif contributed a lot to the financial set up of the Institute and getting the unqualified bi-annual audit reports by Chartered Accountants, Ministry of Commerce Auditors and Auditor General of Pakistan.

In 2003, then Minister for Commerce, Mr. Hamayun Akhtar Khan, asked the Principal to devise a strategy for building a new campus for PSFD. The same year, Mr. Avais M. Hussain joined as Chairman of Executive Committee and worked closely with then-Secretary Commerce, Mr. Tasneem Noorani and the Principal on their primary agenda to upgrade PSFD’s legal status and Financial Autonomy. Active and concrete support for possession of the land was provided by Mr. Avais M. Hussain, Mr. Ismail Qureshi, Mr. Naved Akram Cheema, Mr. Kamran Lashari and Mr. Ikhlaq Tarar. Mr. Jehangir Tareen, went all out to get the land for the school in 2004, and it was acquired by the Institute in 2005. The same year, with the support of Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr. Akram Sheikh, the PC-1 for construction of the new campus was approved. Mr. Rana Shahzad took over as Project Director. An Implementation Committee was constituted with Director General, TDAP, Lahore, as Chairman to oversee the progress of the project. As Director General, TDAP, Lahore, Mr. Haroon Rashid, Mr. Naved Arif, Mr. Agha Zafar Mehdi Shah and Mr. Muhammad Irfan Tarar have contributed to the project.

In 2005, the programme of Fashion Marketing and Merchandising was introduced in affiliation with Mod’spe Institute of Fashion Marketing, Paris. Mr. Jean-Pierre Mocho, President, Federation Francaise Du Pret a Porter Feminin, Mr. Rene Mardellet, Managing Director, Mod’spe and Mr. Jehanzeb Khan, then Commercial Counselor in France, were instrumental in the process.

In 2006, affiliation with La Chambre, Paris was renewed, and another PC-1 was made by Prof. Hina Tayyaba to introduce the concept of establishing 4 Schools having synergies with each other. Chairman EC, Mr. Avais M. Hussain, Minister for Commerce, Mr. Hamayun Akhtar Khan, Secretary Commerce, Mr. Tasneem Noorani, and Mr. Syed Asif Ali Shah fully supported the concept through to its materialization. Apart from the Ministry of Commerce, all-out support was also extended by the Minister for Industries and Production, Mr. Jehangir Tareen, and CEO SMEDA, Mr. Shahab Khawaja. They invited the Institute to become part of strategic working groups, organized by the Ministry of Industries and Production and supported by US Aid to work on different labour intensive sectors such as Gems and Jewellery, Furniture, Textiles, and Leather. The meetings of Trade Policy and Sector Development Groups contributed to giving concrete shape to the PC-1 for establishing 4 Schools and 6 Programmes. Mr. Shahbaz Ahmad, Economic Consultant, actively supported in giving final touches to PC-1 which was approved through the personal interest taken by then Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Mr. Syed Asif Ali Shah and his team.

In 2007, the Ministry of Commerce, Chairman EC and Principal made concerted efforts and succeeded in getting NOC from Higher Education Commission for Degree Awarding Status. In this process, Minister for Commerce, Mr. Hamayun Akhtar Khan, Mr. Zahoor Hassan, Mr. Azmat Malik, Mr. Ata-ur-Rehman, Mr. Sohail Naqvi, Mr. Tariq Ikram, Mr. Syed Asif Ali Shah and Mr. Tasneem Noorani played a crucial and commendable role. The same year, collaboration with the Swedish School of Textiles, University College of Boras was established for student exchange and faculty training programme. Mr. Javed Akbar, then Commercial Counselor along with Mr. Kenneth, Director International Relations, Swedish School of Textiles were helpful in the process.

In 2008, the school was re-named as Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design (PIFD) and assumed legal status on getting registered under the Companies Ordinance 1984. Mr. Shahzada Alam Monnoo, then Minister for Commerce, helped in a smooth transition of the Institute from Project to Company.

In 2009, Minister for Commerce, Makhdoom Amin Fahim, Secretary Commerce, Mr. Salman Ghani, Chief Executive TDAP, Mr. Syed Mohibullah Shah, and Secretary TDAP, Mr. Mirza Karim Baig fully supported the Institute. Simultaneously, the tedious and time-consuming process of legislation for the grant of Charter was effectively and ably negotiated by Mr. Zafar Mehmood then Secretary Cabinet. In the Standing Committee of the Parliament, Mr. Khurram Dastgir, Ms. Shereen Khan, Mr. Ishaq Dar and Mr. Haroon Akhtar Khan fully supported the Bill for grant of Charter. The passage of the Bill from the Parliament and its signing by the President of Pakistan on 29th April 2011 culminated an arduous journey from School to Chartered Institute. The pursuit for excellence however continues. Lately, the Ministry of Commerce entrusted PIFD and TDAP with the responsibility of establishing six Constituent Colleges throughout Pakistan. Mr. Zafar Mehmood, ex-Secretary Commerce has been the driving force behind the establishment of these constituent colleges right from the concept to materialization.

These pages cannot do justice to the individuals and organizations that supported the Institute. Organizations are not built overnight or by one single individual. They are built in decades and centuries, and their credibility and sustainability owe a lot to many other individuals and groups, who work selflessly and untiringly in translating the concept into reality. In the case of PIFD, they include the faculty and staff of the Institute and the officials of the Ministry of Commerce. We also thank all those whose names have not been mentioned but who have contributed to make the Institute what it is today, and who gave it direction for tomorrow.

1. The body responsible for the governance of the Institute shall be described as the Senate, and shall consist of the following, namely

  • the Chancellor who shall be the Chairperson of the Senate
  • the Deputy Chairperson
  • the Vice-Chancellor
  • a senior member not below the rank Additional Secretary of Ministry of Commerce
  • eight persons from society at large persons of distinction in the fields of administration, management, education, academic, law, accountancy, medicine, fine arts, architecture, agriculture, science, technology and engineering such that the appointment of these persons reflects a balance across the various fields. Provided that the special focus or affiliation of the institute, to be declared in the manner prescribed, may be reflected in the number of persons of distinction in an area of expertise relevant to Institute who are appointed to Senate
  • one person from amongst the alumni of the institute
  • two persons from the academic community of the country, other than an employee of the institute, at the level of professor or principal of a college
  • four Institute teachers
  • one person nominated by the Commission
  • one member of the Senate of Pakistan to be nominated by Chairman, Senate of Pakistan.

2. The numbers of the members of the Senate described against clauses (f) to (i) of sub-section (I) may be increased by the Senate through statutes subject to condition that the total membership of the Senate does not exceed twenty-one, with the maximum of five Institute teachers, and the increase is balanced, to the extent possible, across the different categories specified in the sub-section(I).

3. All appointments to the Senate shall be made by the Chancellor. Appointments of the persons described in clauses (f) and (g) of sub-section (I) shall be made from amongst a panel of three names for each vacancy recommended by the Representation Committee set up in terms of section 23 and in accordance with procedure as may be prescribed

Provided that effort shall be made, without compromising on quality or qualification, to give fair representation to women on the Senate

Provided further that as regards the Institute teachers described in clause (h) of sub-section (I) the Senate shall prescribe a procedure for appointment on the basis elections that provide for voting by the various categories of the Institute teachers

Provided also that Senate may alternatively prescribe that appointment of Institute teachers to the Senate shall also be in the manner provided by this sub-section for the persons described in clauses (f) and (g) of sub-section (I).

4. Members of the Senate, other than ex-officio members, shall hold office for three years. One-third of the members, other than ex-officio members, of the first Senate, to be determined by lot, shall retire from office the expiration of one year from the date of appointment by the Chancellor. One-half of the remaining members, other than ex-officio members, of the first Senate, to be determined by lot, shall retire from office on the expiration of two years from the date of appointment and the remaining one-half, other than ex-officio members, shall retire from office on the expiration of the third year.

Provided that no person, other than an ex-officio members, may serve on the Senate for more than two consecutive terms

Provided further that the Institute teachers appointed to Senate may not serve for two consecutive terms.

5. The Senate shall meet at least twice in a calendar year.

6 . Service on the Senate shall be on honarary basis Provided that actual expenses may be reimbursed as prescribed.

7 . The Vice-Chancellor shall be the Secretary of the Senate.

8 . In the absence of Chancellor, meetings of the Senate shall be presided over by the Deputy Chairperson. The Deputy Chairperson shall be the convener of the Senate. In case of absence of the Deputy Chairperson the Senate may elect a member, from amongst themselves, to chair the meeting.

9 . All decision of the Senate shall be taken on the basis of the opinion of majority of the members present. In the event of members being evenly divided on any matter the person presiding over the meeting shall have a casting vote.

10 . The quorum for a meeting of Senate shall be two-thirds of its membership, a fraction being counted as one.

1. There shall be Syndicate of the institute consisting of the following namely

  • the Vice-Chancellor who shall be its Chairperson.
  • the Deans of the Faculties.
  • three professors from different departments, who are not members of the Senate, to the elected by Institute teachers in accordance with procedure to prescribed by the Vice-Chancellor
  • principal of the colleges
  • the Registrar
  • the Treasurer
  • the Controller of the Examinations

2. The Registrar shall also be the Secretary of the Syndicate

3. Members of the Syndicate, other than ex-officio members, shall hold office for three years.

4. As regards the three professors described under clause (c) of sub-section (I) the Senate may, as an alternative to elections, prescribe a procedure for proposal of a panel of names by the Representation Committee set up in terms of section 23. Appointment of persons proposed by Representation Committee may be made by the Senate on the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor.

5. The quorum for a meeting of the Syndicate shall be one-third of the total number of members, a fraction being counted as one.

6. The Syndicate shall meet at least once in each quarter of the year.

1. There shall be an Academic Council of the institute consisting of the followings, namely:

  • The Vice-Chancellor who shall be the Chairperson.
  • The Deans of Faculties and such Heads of Departments as may be prescribed.
  • Five members representing the departments, institute and the colleges to be elected in the manner prescribed by the Senate.
  • Five Professors including Emeritus Professors.
  • The Registrar.
  • The Controller of Examinations.
  • The Librarian.

2. The Senate shall appoint the members of the Academic Council, other than the ex-officio and the elected members, on the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor of the institute.

Provided that five Professors and the members representing the departments, institutes and the constituent colleges, the Senate may, as an alternative to elections, prescribe a procedure for proposal of a panel of names by the Representation Committee set up in terms of section 23. Appointment of persons proposed by the Representation Committee may be made by the Senate on the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor.

3.Members of the Academic Council, other than the ex-officio members, shall bold office for three years.

4.The Academic Council shall meet at least once in each quarter of the year.

5.The quorum for meetings of the Academic Council, shall be one-third of the total number of the members, a fraction being counted as one.