FDDI Bill, 2017 declares the Institute of national importance
Parliament approved a bill which aims at promoting the footwear industry and raise its standard to the international level. Giving a push to leather and footwear sector in the country, Rajya Sabha passed the FDDI Bill aiming to declare Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) as an institute of national importance. In a tweet, Commerce Ministry said, “Push to Footwear & leather sector via high quality research & edu. moves bill to declare FDDI as Institute of Nat'l importance”. Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “The 12 campuses are well-spread. Seven campuses including Kolkata and Chennai are fully functional, and five more will come up soon. The FDDI went through tough phase from 2012-14. The then government converted the Rajasthan institute as State University. That error committed in 2012 was corrected by the Modi government, she said. Through the bill which was passed by the Rajya Sabha by voice vote, the government intends to upgrade the Footwear Design and Development Institute to deal with international standards and address the shortage of trained human resource in the sector. Replying to a debate on the Bill, the Minister said the need for the legislation was felt to impart training to youth in the footwear industry which has immense scope. It is also aimed at correcting the error of transferring this national institute to a private institute in Mewar. Reputed institutes from UK, Italy and Germany besides the Czech Republic were helping to prepare its curriculum. The Minister said it has 2,400 students while its maximum capacity is 8,900. Four lakh youth from the weaker sections have been trained by it, she said. This year, she said, the institute will train 1.4 lakh students. She said the government is trying to upscale the process of entrepreneurship development besides augmenting machinery and equipment and reservation policies will be followed.