IIFT Kolkata Campus with the support of North Eastern Council (NEC) recently initiated CeNEST (Centre for North Eastern Studies) as a dedicated centre for the exclusive development of north-eastern regions of India. This centre would allow IIFT to provide handholding support to the entrepreneurs of the North Eastern states, undertake research and analysis on developmental issues related to International trade and business of various North Eastern states and conduction of training programmes for the North Eastern states. IIFT, with its Kolkata campus, wants to collaborate with NEC extensively and use its domain expertise to assist North Eastern (NE) states of India in their development planning particularly in emerging areas of livelihood, export oriented entrepreneurship, venture funds, start-ups and skill development that will help in generating jobs in the region.

The North Eastern Council is the nodal agency for the economic and social development of the North Eastern Region which consists of the eight States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. The North Eastern Council was constituted in 1971 by an Act of Parliament.The constitution of the Council has marked the beginning of a new chapter of concerted and planned endeavour for the rapid development of the Region. Over the last thirty five years, NEC has been instrumental in setting in motion a new economic endeavour aimed at removing the basic handicaps that stood in the way of normal development of the region and has ushered in an era of new hope in this backward area full of great potentialities.

Located in MADURDAHA Area behind Ruby General Hospital, overlooking green ridge, the IIFT Campus at Kolkata is considered to be one of the finest in the eastern part of the Country. The campus spread over 7 acres of land houses one academic block and admin block each and two residential blocks for students and visiting faculty. Be it the mystic beauty of the architectural design, or the splendor of the campus in full bloom in winter, it never fails to impress the visitors. The campus itself is a very picturesque with artistically designed buildings and well‐maintained plush gardens and water bodies. The facilities available on the campus include, fully air‐ conditioned lecture halls with modern audio‐visual aids, conference halls for round‐table conferences, an auditorium of 500 seating capacity, MDP Centre, computer centre, indoor games, sports ground, besides excellent residential facilities for the students.