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The Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, commonly referred to as PIFD, is a public sector degree awarding institute in design institute specialising in design education. It offers a four year course of study leading to a Bachelor degree.HistoryWith the growth of Pakistani textiles, there was a shortage of trained professionals to develop the industry. In 1994 the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (formerly EPB) with guidance from the government of Pakistan came together with Mr. Olivier Lapidus to establish the Pakistan School of Fashion Design in a rented premises at Sunder Das Road, Lahore. The Pakistan School of Fashion and Design was named "Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design", and incorporated under Section 42 of Companies Ordinance 1984, in 2008 under the sponsorship of Ministry of Commerce, government of Pakistan. The NOC was issued from Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) for degree awarding status in 2007.The institute has been granted the Charter for degree awarding status by the National Assembly in November 2010. This is a significant milestone in the endeavour to acquire Charter status which will enable the Institute to provide an HEC recognised degree.SchoolsThe institute comprises a 4-year BA Hons degree programme, divided into 4 Schools: Pakistan School of Fashion Design Pakistan School of Fashion Marketing and Promotions Pakistan School of Textile Design Pakistan School of Accessories and Products Accessories and Products offers: Gems and Jewellery Furniture Design and Manufacturing Leather Accessories and FootwearProgrammeThe Foundation Year programme is a base for students before opting to pursue their major in any of the four Schools . Students go abroad on exchange programmes and attend training and workshops in Paris; in Borås, Sweden and at the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences in Thailand.