Footwear Design & Development Institute becomes ‘Institute of National Importance’

The Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) has become an ‘Institute of National Importance’ under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, with  the provisions of the FDDI Act 2017 coming into force from yesterday.
The FDDI Bill was passed by Parliament in July  2017 and the notification in this regard was published in The Gazette of India on October 5, 2017, an official press release said.
Minister of State for Commerce & Industry C.R. Chaudhary said that the commitment of the Government to resolve the degree issue had culminated in the grant of the status of ‘Institute of National Importance’ (INI) to FDDI. With this, the government has also ensured upgradation of FDDI to a position of eminence so as to enable the institute to effectively serve the sector and industry, he said.
Now that it has become an INI, FDDI has the autonomy  to design its courses as per the requirement of the industry, and award its own degrees to its students. FDDI can now independently develop and conduct courses leading to graduate and post-graduate degrees, doctoral and post-doctoral courses and research in the areas of footwear and leather products design and development and allied fields.
Presently FDDI is imparting skill-based graduate and post-graduate courses in the fields of footwear, leather goods, retail and management to around 2,500 students across eight campuses spread over India. With the enhancement of the status of FDDI as an Institute of National Importance by the virtue of the FDDI Act, 2017, the institute will now be able to enroll around 2,500 more students in the coming admission session, across its 12 campuses, out of which four new campuses will become functional with the next academic session.
"FDDI is a premier Institute, serving as a ‘one stop solutions provider’ in footwear, leather and allied industry. Since its inception in 1986, FDDI has been playing a pivotal role in facilitating Indian industry by bridging skill gaps in the areas of footwear, leather, fashion, retail and management. FDDI has been functioning as an interface between the untapped talent and industry and its global counterparts, by fulfilling the demand of skilled man power with its specific curriculum, state of the art laboratories, world class infrastructure and experienced faculty," the release added.


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