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Landmark achievement in Skill Development: 2,00,503 unemployed youth trained & 1,61,773 provided employment
 

Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister of State Commerce & Industry (I/C), Government of India graces the occasion “Commemoration of the landmark achievement in ‘Skill Development’ by FDDI & Convocation of FDDI, Noida” as Chief Guest

 

On the occasion of the commemoration of the landmark achievement in ‘Skill Development’ by FDDI and the ‘Convocation of FDDI, Noida’ campus Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister of State Commerce & Industry (I/C), Government of India was the Chief Guest at the Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI), Noida on 17th December 2014.

 

We all know that a good trained employee is very difficult to find and that is why the training provided by FDDI to the artisans through which they are getting jobs and the sector is benefitting with increase in exports is very welcome.
- Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister of State Commerce & Industry (I/C), Government of India


On this occasion, Mr. Amitabh Kant, IAS, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Mr. Atul Chaturvedi, IAS Joint Secretary, DIPP, Mr. R. K. Jalan, Chairman, Council for Leather Exports (CLE) & Mr. Mukhtarul Amin, Chairman, FDDI were present.

On behalf of FDDI, Mr. Raajeev j Lakhara, Managing Director, FDDI welcomed the Chief Guest and all the delegates during which Mr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary, FDDI, Mr. Sameer Kumar Srivastava, Sr. Executive Director, FDDI, Mr. Amit Kumar Sharma, Executive Director & faculties, staff members & students of FDDI were also present.


With the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi’s strong focus on tapping all the possible sources for ‘Skill Development’ new challenges & opportunities for the FDDI have emerged and it is trying its level best to provide skill based education and trainings through its eight well designed campuses at Noida, Fusatganj, Chennai, Kolkata, Rohtak, Chhindwara, Jodhpur & Guna and 55 Operator Training Centers (OTC’s).

 

FDDI has made a landmark achievement in ‘Skill Development’ by training 2,00,503 unemployed youth and providing employment to 1,61,773 through its 55 OTC’s established across the country.

 

“PLSDP is one of the biggest programme of the country and we all want our exports to increase, and that our leather exports should increase more than 30% in which leather, footwear sector should have a huge role & share and this is only possible when FDDI trains more people.”
- Mr. Amitabh Kant, IAS, Secretary, DIPP

 

Delivering the ‘Keynote Address’ in Hindi, the Hon’ble Minister of State Commerce & Industry (I/C), Government of India, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, appreciating the progress made by FDDI in filling the skill gap of Footwear & Leather Sector, said “We all know that a good trained employee is very difficult to find and that is why the training provided by FDDI to the artisans through which they are getting jobs and the sector is benefitting with increase in exports is very welcome”.


She further said that “Today the training received by FDDI to 1000 to 1500 people per month is a great training programme and I would like to congratulate Mr. Raajeev j Lakhara who works hard to such extreme extent towards this programme.”


He also said that “I would like to put this forward to you that through the Ministry, whatever support is required for the further development of this programme conducted by FDDI, will definitely be provided by us.”


The Hon’ble CIM also gave the ‘Certificate of Achievement’ to the successful trainees of the footwear & leather products clusters like Ranipet, Kolkata, Rajasthan, Kanpur, Agra, Bhadurgarh and Delhi & NCR who underwent the training provided by the experts of FDDI.

 

The Operator Training Centers (OTC) are established under the Placement Linked Skill Development Programme (PLSDP) of the DIPP, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.


In his address, Mr. Amitabh Kant, IAS, Secretary, DIPP said, “PLSDP is one of the biggest programme of the country and we all want our exports to increase, and that our leather exports should increase more than 30% in which leather, footwear sector should have a huge role & share and this is only possible when FDDI trains more people.”

 

He further said that “Job employment is our aim in which FDDI is playing an important role for which I would like to thank the Chairman & the Managing Director of FDDI.”


During this ceremonial occasion, officials from the Ministry of Commerce & Industry like Mr. Daniel E. Richards, Director, DIPP and Ms. Gurpreet Gadhok, Under Secretary, DIPP were also present besides the prominent footwear manufacturer, Mr. Inderdev Singh Musafir, Director, M&B Footwear (P) Ltd., & Mr. S. K. Verma, Deputy Director, IFCOMA.

 

“The Hon’ble CIM has given a target to train 10,00,000 unemployed youths & employ them in the leather industry over the next five years for which I assure that the FDDI will not let any stone unturned in fulfilling her ambition.”
- Mr. Raajeev j Lakhara, Managing Director, FDDI

 

FDDI is giving utmost priority to ‘Skill Development’ & trying its level best to bridge the skill gap at the shop floor workers & for the success of the ‘Make in India’ programme as the leather sector has been identified as one of the focus sectors under this programme.


The Managing Director of FDDI, Mr. Raajeev j Lakhara, in his ‘Welcome Address’ said, “The Hon’ble CIM has given a target to train 10,00,000 unemployed youths & employ them in the leather industry over the next five years for which I assure that the FDDI will not let any stone unturned in fulfilling her ambition.”

 

He further said that “One of the ambitious project of the of the Government of India is ‘Skill Development’ which is being implemented by the FDDI under the PLSDP where it has trained 2,00,503 unemployed youth & provided employment to 1,61,773 trainees in renowned footwear companies.”


FDDI mobilises the local unemployed youth from neighbouring areas by holding camps and involving local Gram Pradhans and village elders where the selection for the training are being done as per set criteria where representatives of State Industries Department and Local Administration are also present.


To provide skilled manpower to the footwear & leather industry, four new campuses of FDDI are being established at Patna, Hyderabad, Gujarat & Punjab under the 12th Five Year Plan of the Government of India.

During her stay at FDDI, the Hon’ble CIM also visited the International Testing Center (ITC) and saw the various testing-cum-quality control services being provided by it such as testing for leather, plastics, rubbers, textiles, footwear, artificial limbs, sports goods & tests for harmful substances.
 

She also visited the Pilot Plant which includes Cutting, Closing, Component, Lasting and Finishing Workshops and interacted with the members of the faculty.


The Hon’ble CIM was also apprised about the latest machinery, electronic and CAD/CAM based design support present in the Institute to assist those who want to set up their own industry and to help the organization to grow the business.


The Hon’ble CIM also interacted with the students of FDDI School of Footwear, Design & Production Management (FSFDPM), FDDI School of Retail Management (FSRM), FDDI School of Leather Goods and Accessories Design (FSLGAD), FDDI School of Fashion Design (FSFD) and FDDI School of Business Management (FSBM).


Students displayed their work in the form of a presentation. They put up stalls displaying the footwear, leather art crafts. They also depicted the evolution of emerging retail sector in India.


The Convocation ceremony began at 10.10 AM with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Chief Guest, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister of State Commerce & Industry (I/C), Government of India and then the invocation ‘Saraswati Vandana’ was recited.

 

“This is a happy occasion that students after rigorous training get their certification. And in a programme like this, it is not only the certification, but, also a job linked programme where most of you already find very good job opportunities and therefore it is a double benefit which the FDDI has provided to the students.”
- Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister of State Commerce & Industry (I/C), Government of India

 

The 841 students of FDDI, Noida campus of all the batches from the year 2012 to 2014 received their UG and PG Diploma/Degrees during the historic ceremony.


The students from the pass out batches were from FDDI School of Footwear, Design & Production Management (FSFDPM), FDDI School of Retail Management (FSRM) and FDDI School of Leather Goods and Accessories Design (FSLGAD).

 

Delivering the ‘Keynote Address’, the Hon’ble Minister of State Commerce & Industry (I/C), Government of India, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman said “This is a happy occasion that students after rigorous training get their certification. And in a programme like this, it is not only the certification, but, also a job linked programme where most of you already find very good job opportunities and therefore it is a double benefit which the FDDI has provided to the students.”


She further said, “It is a good institution through which you have been trained. And I am sure you will be passing a good word that should draw a lot more of youngsters to coming and registering with FDDI so that the quality of training that they provide will benefit all of you and the future generations too.”

 

“If you ask anyone in the industry about one organization which can change the trend of the industry then I can proudly say, on behalf of the industry, that it is FDDI.”
- Mr. Mukhtarul Amin, Chairman, FDDI

 

All the meritorious students who stood 1st in their respective programme were awarded with gold medal and certificate of excellence in academics.

 

Mr. Mukhtarul Amin, Chairman, FDDI, in his address, said, “If you ask anyone in the industry about one organization which can change the trend of the industry then I can proudly say, on behalf of the industry, that it is FDDI.”

 

“You should be proud of being passing-out from one of the most prestigious Institution of the country and I have no doubt that you will be exemplary in whatever you choose to do and successful in meeting the challenges that await you.”
- Mr. Raajeev j Lakhara, Managing Director, FDDI

 

FDDI is constantly thriving in the path of perfection and upgrading with the latest technologies and methodologies to stand above all in distributing the most gifted wealth of education.

FDDI has an impeccable track record of 100% placement for all its pass outs & the students are placed in their dream companies with the desired profile and expected package in major multinationals and corporate. Presently, most of the CEO’s and other senior positions in the leading MNC’s are occupied by FDDI alumni’s.


Mr. Raajeev j Lakhara, Managing Director, FDDI in his address, welcomed the gathering and said, “You should be proud of being passing-out from one of the most prestigious Institution of the country and I have no doubt that you will be exemplary in whatever you choose to do and successful in meeting the challenges that await you.”

 
In a separate meeting held a day before the occassion, Mr. Rajeev Kher, IAS, Secretary, Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India also launched the ‘T-shirt’ for the students.
 

The institute has marked a series of major achievements for the development and promotion of Leather and Leather Product Industries not only in India, but, across the globe and has undertaken International consultancy in Ethiopia, Botswana, South Africa and other neighboring countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Vietnam.


This ceremonial occasion was covered by print and electronic media like Times of India, Hindustan Times, Hindustan, Amar Ujjala, Dainik Jagran, The Hindu, PR Deptt. of the Ministry, Zee Business, Aaj Tak.

 
 

 

 

 
 
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