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A clearly malicious article in some sections of media has questioned the authenticity of the degree being provided to FDDI students by Mewar University. Please rest assured that the Mewar University degree and the diploma being provided by FDDI is absolutely authentic. Here is why:

1. Mewar University is recognized as a university by UGC. (Attached: list of universities approved by UGC as mentioned on their website).

2. FDDI being an autonomous institute offer professional Diploma to the successful students after completion of their placement oriented professional programmes in the field of Footwear, Retail, Leather and Fashion. In order to provide our Graduates the advantage to acquire Degree in the relevant field we published an advertisement for empanelment of University for award of Degree to the students pursuing various professional programmes at FDDI. In response to our advertisement on Mewar University applied for Collaboration. FDDI signed an MOU with Mewar University to offer Degree programmes from session 2012.

3. Mewar University is not a fake or derecognized university (Attached: List of fake universities derecognized by UGC as mentioned on their website). Further FDDI is not an off shore campus or Affiliated College of Mewar University. FDDI collaborated with Mewar University to offer skill oriented programmes. If the degree / University is fake it will be reflected on the UGC website but enclosed list uploaded on UGC neither have name of Mewar nor of FDDI.

4. The collaborative program that FDDI offers is the same as that adopted by 24 national and 10 international institutes (Attached : List of government Institutions with which Mewar University has an MoU, as seen on the Mewar University website).

5. Under the said MOU all the students enrolled at FDDI from Session 2012 onwards are also registered with Mewar University, Rajasthan and will be awarded degree by Mewar University along with FDDI autonomous diploma on successful completion of the course. As per the MOU all the students are trained at 8 campuses of FDDI and are finally evaluated by Mewar University as they does not have requisite infrastructure/ expertise to offer these specialized programmes. The University can offer the degree to the successful candidates as they all are registered students of Mewar University, Rajasthan. The details of our collaboration was sent to Min. of HRD and UGC before collaboration. Even the UGC has conducted the formal enquiry about the same. After the said enquiry they have cleared the status of Mewar University (as FDDI is not under UGC) and the requisite compliance submitted by the University was accepted by UGC . The status of the same is uploaded on UGC website.

6. A batch 350+ students across India have passed out from FDDI with Masters’ Degree from Mewar University, and have been accepted in public sector jobs, Private jobs, various International Universities as well as other institutions of higher education. Till date no one has reported that their Marksheet / Degree is fake or not accepted by any authority. This proves the universal acceptability and authenticity of the degree.

There are 33 other institutions, primarily government set ups of repute like ITDC, Institute of Apparel Management, Ministry of MSME etc. that have identical alliances With Mewar University for the purposes of award of degree.

The article that has singled out FDDI for abuse and maligning clearly ignores all these other institutions. This clearly shows that the reports are motivated by malicious intent and have an ulterior agenda.

A vicious attack by another publication on an esteemed institution like IIM Indore day before (see attached article) is further proof that media can be manipulated.

The authenticity of the degree is verified at 2 stages –

(1) At the University level: Mewar University stands by the degrees offered to FDDI students and will vouch for genuine candidates.

(2) At the UGC level: UGC does not verify individual degrees. It merely sates whether a particular university is accredited. Mewar university is an accredited university as listed on the UGC website ( See attachment )

It is thus clear that the FDDI students have nothing to worry about. Their degree is both valid and authentic and universally accepted.

The main objective of FDDI is to provide the world class education to the students in order to make them eligible for the excellent placements which we are successfully doing from last 28 + years.

The Management will look into this evil act of defamation and respond in a befitting manner.


D.G.M. (Training)
Footwear Design & Development Institute
Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India,
A10- A, Sector – 24, Noida, U.P.

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