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FIT Holds Forum on Economic Growth in India

Loretta Lawrence Keane, Vice President for Advancement and External Relations
Cheri Fein, Executive Director of Public and Media Relations, 212 217.4700 or
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City hosted a conference on October 22 exploring the factors influencing India’s economic expansion. Presented by FIT’s Department of International Trade and Marketing (ITM), the forum included panel discussions on India’s growth opportunities, the economic effect of global warming, and the economic effects of the country’s developing fashion, retail, and entertainment industries.

The keynote speakers were Ravilochan Pola, president and CEO of Kotak Mahindra, Inc., and Sandy Starkman, a fashion and home furnishings designer and board member of the Museum of Women’s Art in New Delhi, India. Participants included top executives from finance, ecology, real estate, filmmaking, and advertising.

Subash Midha and Ravilochan Pola Sandy Starkman
Subash Midha, left, professor of international business and finance at New York University and event organizer, introduced the first keynote speaker, Ravilochan Pola, president and CEO of Kotak Mahindra, Inc. Fashion and home furnishings designer Sandy Starkman spoke about the high quality of the arts in India.

ITM offers a Bachelor of Science degree in International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries and prepares students for entry level management positions in international trade and global fashion companies. Currently in its twelfth year, the program has 200 students and more than 800 graduates.

FIT, a leader in professional career-oriented education, is a selective college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York (SUNY), with 44 majors leading to the AAS, BFA, BS, MA, and MPS degrees. The college serves more than 10,000 students and offers courses in a wide range of fields. Visit

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