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FDDI sweeps ‘India Skills National Competition 2021’

Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) participated in ‘India Skills National Competition 2021’ which was held from 7th to 9th January 2022 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

It was organized by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), the nodal agency for skill and entrepreneurship development, working under the guidance of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).

The opening ceremony was held in Talkatora stadium on 6th January 2022. The launch was graced by the presence of Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India; Mr. Atul Kumar Tiwari, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development Entrepreneurship, Government of India; Mr. Ved Mani Tiwari, Chief Operating Officer, and Officiating Chief Executive Officer, National Skill Development Corporation; Mr. Subroto Bagchi, Chairman Odisha Skill Development Authority and co-founder of Mindtree; and Dr. Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Chairperson, National Council for Vocational Education and Training.


India Skills National Competition 2021, a closed-door event witnessed participants from 26 States/ Union Territories competing in more than 50 skills.


India Skill 2021 introduced three new ‘Demonstration Skills’ namely, Yoga, Shoe Making (Leather), and Garment Making (Leather) which were exhibited to showcase the opportunities available for candidates in these trades.

FDDI participated in Shoe Making (Leather) and Garment Making (Leather). Prior to the finals, Zonal competition was organized at Chennai (South), Kolkata (East), and Noida (North) during which the students from the various campuses of FDDI were shortlisted for the finals.


A boot camp was organized by Leather Sector Skill Council (LSSC) for all finalists at Ambur, Chennai wherein they were given intensive training by the experts from the relevant industries.


During the finals of ‘India Skills National Competition 2021’, the participants were assigned to make the final product as per the design given in both the categories - Shoe & Garment.

Dr. Prachi Sharma, FDDI Noida, and Mr. Anand Tiwari, Footwear, Footwear Development Institute, Bahadurgarh were Jury members for Shoe Making (Leather) whereas Ms. Sweta Kumari, FDDI, Noida, and Ms. Archana Joshi, Incas International for Garment Making competition were the Jury members for Garment Making (Leather) competition.


The competition provided a platform for skilled and talented Indian youngsters to showcase their abilities.


On 10th January 2022, all the participants (more than 150) of India Skills 2021 Nationals, the country’s biggest skill competition, were felicitated by Mr. Rajesh Aggarwal, Secretary, MSDE, Government of India.

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