Ms. Rita Teaotia, IAS, Secretary, Department of Commerce (DoC), alongwith Ms. Anita Praveen, IAS, Joint Secretary (JS), DoC, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India visited the Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI), Noida campus on June 12, 2018.
On this occasion, Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director, FDDI, Mr. Vivek Sharma, IRS, Secretary, FDDI, Mr. Adarsh Kumar, Executive Director, FDDI, Mr. Vivek Verma, IRSS, Executive Director, FDDI and the staff & students of FDDI were present and welcomed them for sparing valuable time from their extremely busy schedule.
The activities undertaken by FDDI were briefed to them through a presentation given by Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director, FDDI.
During the presentation, Mr. Arun Kumar Sinha, IAS, Managing Director, FDDI said, “Post-INI, the curriculum of FDDI has been upgraded by the faculty members based on the Industry inputs and further International Experts were roped-in to adjudge that the various curriculums are in sync with the industry requirements and are of international standards which will be taught from the current academic session.”
Mr. Sinha further said that “To develop academic and scientific interchange in the areas of education, research, and other activities, and work together toward the internationalization of higher education, FDDI has recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with University of Northampton, UK and with Arsutoria School, Italy.”
Mr. Sinha further briefed 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).”
He added that, “These CoE’s will cater a particular thematic area of specialization and shall have the best available infrastructure and skills to not only aid into research and development but, also to address the concerns of the industry like product development, technological assistance and centres for incubation and entrepreneurship development.”
The Secretary and JS - DoC interacted with the members of the faculty and gave valuable suggestions for the improvement of standards of teaching, research and collaboration programmes of the Institute across all the campuses.
The Secretary, DoC, in her address said, “The quality of what we do depends upon the quality of Human Resources, and the need of the hour is to provide adequate training for their upgradation for improving continuously to bring out the best.”
The Secretary, DoC, advised that to tap more resources, FDDI should work and must meet the industry and see their requirements. She further said that, FDDI should add some short term certificate programme of six months/ one year duration and must conduct specialized workshops and seminars from time-to-time.
During their three hours stay, the Secretary and JS - DoC visited the entire campus of the institute including FDDI School of Footwear Design & Production (FSFDP), Product Development Center (PDC), FDDI School of Fashion Leather Accessory Design (FSFLAD), Information Technology Services Center (ITSC) where they were made aware of the technicalities of various departments of FDDI.
They were briefed by the respective Head of Department (HoD) about the teaching pedagogy and explained about the intricacies of individual process of shoe manufacturing and its quality parameters. They were also briefed about the importance of the state-of-the-art-equipments and a demonstration was given in the Pilot Plant i.e., manufacturing departments of footwear namely Cutting, Closing, Bottom Component and Lasting & Finishing.
The Secretary and JS - DoC also visited the International Testing Center (ITC) and saw the various testing-cum-quality control services being provided by it such as testing for leather, plastics, rubbers, textiles, footwear, artificial limbs, sports goods & tests for harmful substances.
The Secretary and JS - DoC were happy to note about the research activities being carried out by FDDI for Footwear & Accessories for Armed Forces & Paramilitary Forces, under the ‘Make in India – 2.0’ (MII) Programme under which FDDI has entered into MoU with Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and with Armed Forces for up-gradation & development of specification.