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E-seminars held at FDDI, NOIDA campus


Reaping the benefit of digital communication, two e-seminars were held at Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI), NOIDA campus on 2nd & 3rd September 2021.

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The e-seminars were organized by FDDI School of Footwear Design & Production (FSFDP) which shed light on developing the skills required for footwear entrepreneur and the need to strengthen the collaboration between industry & academia.

Mr. Chetan Saraswat, a successful entrepreneur and the Co-Founder of ATI IMPEX, a footwear manufacturer, based in Agra was the key speaker during the seminar ‘Entrepreneurship - A motivation in footwear global economy’ who shared his industrial & entrepreneurial experience of more than 15 years.

Mr. Chetan was Sourcing Officer at Trent Ltd (Westside/Star Bazaar), Buyer (Acc’s/Sports) - Bata India Pvt. Ltd., Adidas Group- Buyer (Acc’s/Sports), Category Manager (FW & Acc’s) at Urban Country and Sr. Category Manager (FW & Acc’s) at Blackberry’s (Mohan Clothing Co. Pvt. Ltd.).

During the e-seminar on ‘Entrepreneurship - A motivation in footwear global economy’ Mr. Chetan Saraswat emphasized on developing the skills required for footwear entrepreneur thereby becoming a job provider rather than job seeker. He elucidated about the practical skills & developing a range of footwear with different colours & materials to fulfil the need of the consumers.

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During the e-seminar on ‘Industry Academia Gap in respect to changes in Retail (Footwear) – Now & Then’, Mr. Raj Pandey briefed that owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the shift to digital is consolidating as consumers prefer online purchasing. For transforming and boosting our economy, an effective collaboration between industry and academia is of paramount importance. He discussed about the entry of world biggest retailers in country which includes Miniso, M&S, Ikea etc. that have changed the retail landscape.

The e-seminars were attended by around 80 participants comprising of the students and faculties across all campuses of FDDI.

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