Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill, 2017 introduced in Lok Sabha

Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman yesterday introduced in the Lok Sabha the Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) Bill, 2017 that seeks to declare the FDDI as an Institution of National Importance (INI).
The FDDI was established in 1986 with the objective of providing trained human resource and assistance to the sector. FDDI has pan-India presence with campuses at Noida, Kolkata, Chennai, Fursatganj (UP), Rohtak (Haryana), Chhindwara (M.P) and Jodhpur (Rajasthan) equipped with state-of-the-art academic facilities and infrastructure.
New campuses at Hyderabad, Patna, Ankleshwar (Gujarat), Banur(Punjab) and Guna (M.P) will also start functioning shortly.
The Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill said the footwear, leather and retail sector in India had been growing both in terms of value and volume. India is the third biggest market of footwear and prominent exporter of the footwear and leather goods. Being a highly labour intensive industry, the requirement for trained human resources for leather and footwear sector is immense. 
The statement said there was a strong need for upgradation of the institution to enable it to deal with international standards and market.
According to it, the global footwear market is expected to reach $220.2 billion by 2020 from the current level of $ 198.7 billion. 
"The opportunity cost of not investing in human resources required for this sector in India at this juncture would result in increased imports, thereby impacting the domestic and exports sector of footwear and leather products. It is proposed to empower the institute to improve its capacity and performance with a view to address the shortage of the trained human resource.
"In view of the above, it is proposed to declare the Footwear Design and Development Institute as an institution of national importance and enable it to emerge as centre of excellence with the objective of meeting the national and international standards for the promotion and development of quality and excellence in education, research and training in all disciplines relating to footwear and leather products design and development," the statement said.
Among other things, the Bill proposes to establish a Governing Council and other authorities of the institute; and empower it to grant degrees, diplomas, certificates, or any other qualification to its students.


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