FDDI Bill, 2017 de­clares the In­sti­tute of na­tional im­por­tance

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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.

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