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Interactive Session of Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director, FDDI on the occasion of signing of MoU for takeover of the KLC Laboratory

An interactive session for the Leather & Footwear Industry was held on April 17, 2018, at KLC Complex, Banthar, Kanpur.

The session was organized on the occasion of the takeover of the Kanpur Leather Cluster (KLC) Laboratory by Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI).

In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between FDDI and Kanpur Unnao Leather Clusters Development Company Limited which will be effective from 01st May 2018.

On this occasion, Mr. Mukhtarul Amin, Chairman, CLE, Mr. R. K. Jalan, MD, M/s. Arvind Footwear Pvt. Ltd., Mr.  Taj Alam, MD, Kings International, Mr. Rehan Azmal, MD, Calico Industries, Mr.  Javed Iqbal, Regional Chairman, CLE, Central Region, Mr. Vinay Sanan, Director, Superhouse, Ms.  Pallavi Dubey, Regional Director, CLE, Central Region, Mr. Vikas Singh, IRS, Executive Director, FDDI, Mr. Vivek Verma, IRSS, Executive Director, FDDI and representatives from the leather & footwear industry were present.

The interactive session, organized by CLE was addressed by Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director, FDDI.

Mr. Mukhtarul Amin, Chairman, CLE in his ‘Keynote Address’ welcomed Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director, FDDI and members of the leather & footwear industry to participate in this important session.

Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director, FDDI explained about various Schemes under Indian Footwear, Leather & Accessories Development Programme (IFLADP) that FDDI is going to implement between the year 2017-20 and requested the industry fraternity to take active part in its implementation. He also appealed to the industry to use the laboratory facility of FDDI at KLC.

Mr. Mukhtarul Amin, Chairman, CLE delivering the ‘Keynote Address’

Mr. Vikas Singh, IRS, Executive Director, FDDI elaborated about the programs undertaken by FDDI. Mr. Vikas Verma, IRSS, Executive Director, FDDI briefed out about the need of skilled manpower and FDDI’s preparedness for execution HR schemes for the industry.

The interactive session was held with a view to resolve the issue of manpower shortage of Kanpur and Unnao region.  This region is well known global hub of leather industries. There are shoe and shoe components manufacturers, saddlery and equestrian goods exporters as well as producers of finished leather, leather garments and leather accessories. The leather units of Kanpur are renowned for high quality leather products.

Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director, FDDI addressing the representatives during the interactive session

In his address, Mr. Sinha said that “Intensely focused on Industry-academia interactions, FDDI has always shared a stable rapport with the industry and is constantly innovating and reinventing itself to offer courses to match the industry needs and trained manpower with the requisite skill set.”


Mr. Sinha further said that “Post-INI, the curriculum of FDDI has been upgraded by the faculty members based on the Industry inputs and very soon International Experts shall be roped-in to adjudge that the various curriculums are in sync with the industry requirements and are of international standards.”

Representatives from leather & footwear industry during the session

Elaborating about the future plans of the Institute, Mr. Sinha said that “FDDI is on its way to a major infrastructural and capacity augmentation under the Centre of Excellence Program of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India. Under this program, the FDDI is being empowered by the Ministry to bring up world class infrastructure and the skills second to none through upgradation of some of the existing campuses of FDDI into "Centers of Excellence (CoE).”

On this occasion, the online web portal of the Integrated Development of Leather Sector (IDLS) Scheme of the DIPP, Government of India was briefed to the industry members. A presentation was given by Mr. Aritra Das, Project Coordinator, IDLS, with Mr. Dharmendra Jaiswal, Dy. Manager, Information Technology Services Center (ITSC).

The ‘Vote of Thanks’ was given by Mr. Javed Iqbal, Regional Chairman, Central region, CLE.