Dr. Toolika Gupta

Director, IICD

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Dr. Toolika Gupta has amassed experience as a designer, consultant and academic in India and abroad. She has travelled extensively in India, USA, Europe and parts of south-east Asia. She started her career as a designer in 1996 after completing her Master’s degree in Textiles and Clothing from Delhi University (Lady Irwin College), continued as a researcher and free-lance designer, then taught at NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology), New Delhi full time from 2005 to 2011 as an associate professor. She moved to UK in 2011 and did a short course from the University of Oxford in ‘Archaeology of Clothing’. She began her PhD from the university of Glasgow in 2012, which was successfully completed in 2016. Her PhD was titled ‘Influence of British Rule on Elite Indian Menswear: The Birth of the Sherwani’ . During these years she was associated with CTR, Centre for textile Research (Copenhagen, Denmark) as a PhD fellow, where she was a part of very exciting research group, and worked on understanding of research methodology. . She has also presented papers in many national and international conferences, some of which are online, ( She has been a consultant for the industry and for museums and other projects. Last year (2016), she was one of the ambassadors of the Costume Society of UK She is a founder member and secretary of the Textiles and Clothing Research Centre, TCRC, India (

Ms. Chhaya Bhatnagar

Secretary, IICD

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Ms. Chhaya Bhatnagar, a bureaucrat from Rajasthan Administrative Service retired as Joint Secretary, Planning Department, has a very wide and varied experience and expertise of general administration and governance spanning a career of 32 years in the State of Rajasthan. Superintendence and management of various big ticket programmes in the State of Rajasthan in the fields of human resource, medical education, rural, urban and industrial development are her forte.

She has MA and M.Phil Degrees in Psychology from University of Rajasthan. She has joined on 5th Dec. 2015 as Secretary IICD.

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