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Textile Ministry launches skill development scheme
May '11
The Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDC) for the textile and apparel sector has been officially launched by the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India with the inauguration of the first state-of-the-art ATDC-SMART (Skill for Manufacturing Apparels through Research and Training) in Egmore, Chennai.

The Ministry has launched the project in association with the Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC), which has been selected as a nodal agency for the project, with an aim to impart training to a workforce of about 256,000 in the next two years.

With a total outlay of Rs.23 billion, the ATDC-SMART project focuses on the core workforce requirements of the garment industry located across India.

The importance of the Scheme can be judged from the fact that the apparel industry is the second largest employment provider in the country after agriculture.

The biggest beneficiaries of the ISDC would be rural youth and women who would then possibly be able to find gainful employment in areas near their domicile.

By 2015, India's domestic textile market is expected to grow to US$ 60 billion and exports to US$ 50 billion. This would create an additional 12 million jobs, nearly 40 per cent of which will be in the core production activities.

Hence, the ISDC is being considered by the industry as a timely initiative.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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