To give a fillip to the Khadi weavers' community and make it popular among the youth in India, Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI), Noida hosted ‘Sankalp for Khadi’ on 13th April 2018.
‘Sankalp for Khadi’ is an initiative taken by Incredible Transforming Charitable Foundation (ITCF) to propagate Gandhiji’s values, principles and his Khadi movement to make a difference in our community by making aware our society about the importance of Khadi.
On this occasion, Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director, FDDI, Mr. Adarsh Kumar, AFHQ CS, Executive Director, FDDI, Mr. Vikas Singh, IRS, Executive Director, FDDI, Mr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary, IRSS, Executive Director, FDDI and Mr. Vivek Verma, IRSS, Executive Director, FDDI were present.
Dr. Janice Darbari, Hon’ble Consul General for Republic of Montenegro, Mr. Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman, Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Mr. Lalit Thukral, Chairman EAC (AEPC), Mahatama Jani, an actor who has essayed beautifully the role of Gandhiji for more than 500 documentaries and on various news channels, Ms. Paridhi Sharma, Founder President, ITCF, Mr. Yogesh Shukla, Steering Committee Member ITCF and an eminent leader were present who were welcomed by Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director, FDDI.
Delivering the ‘Keynote Address’, Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director, FDDI said “With more than three decades of the existence of FDDI and its service to the nation, it is a both an honour and a pleasure for the Institute to host ‘Sankalp for Khadi,’ which is not just an event, but, an attempt to revisit our cultural roots, which seem to have somewhat forgotten in today’s era.”
Mr. Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman, KVIC in his address said, “Khadi is truly the main plank of the constructive self- reliance programme, run by the government and through the ‘Sankalp for Khadi’ initiative, we intend to make Khadi a global fabric and provide food on the table of many poor weavers.”
There was also live demonstration of spinning the Charkha and selling counter of Khadi products in the Glass House of the Institute which was fully decorated by the students of the Institute.
Mr. Adarsh Kumar, AFHQ CS, Executive Director, FDDI while giving the ‘Vote of Thanks’ said “FDDI, being an Institute known for its forte in designing of apparels and other wearables, I would urge students to work more with this fabric to increase its acceptability in today’s era as well because Khadi is not just a cloth, but, a thought for the Society.”
Competitions like Poster Making and Slogan Writing (On the spot), Wear Khadi in the most Stylish Way and Express your views and thoughts on Khadi were also held with an objective to select ‘Khadi Ambassadors’ from the Institute.
As a premier INI, FDDI is fully committed to support the country’s fabric which is rich and vibrant and also to educate the youth about the importance of Khadi as a fabric.