MoS appreciates NITRA's training program
NITRA's 10th Convocation was held on Saturday, 10th Dec.'11 at NITRA, Ghaziabad. Hon'ble Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi, Minister of State for Textiles, GoI was the chief-guest.
The guest-of-honor was Sh. V. Srinivas, I.A.S., Jt. Secretary, MoT, GoI. Eminent industrialists Sh. R. L. Nolkha, Sh. K. K. Agarwal, Sh. R. C. Jain and Sh. Shishir Jaipuria, all members of North India Textile Research Association (NITRA) Governing Council, were also present.167 students from 11 programs were awarded certificates and medals in this year's convocation.
Sh. R. L. Nolkha, Chairman, North India Textile Research Association (NITRA), in his welcome address opined that the future of Indian textile & clothing industry is very bright. He mentioned that the industry needs trained people from experienced and reputed training organizations like NITRA to perform better in business.
He informed that at present NITRA has nearly 1700 alumni strength that is efficiently serving in more than 100 apparel and textile companies.
Director NITRA Dr. J,V.Rao mentioned that NITRA had set benchmarking standard in professional training and offered 14 industry oriented techno-management programs on regular, part-time and distance learning modes, covering the areas such as textile/garment manufacturing, textile/garment designing, merchandising, quality assurance, garment finishing and sewing machine operation & maintenance.
Apart from the regular students, the DLP students also excelled in their career after updating their knowledge from NITRA. Under the ISDS launched by GoI, NITRA has set a target to train 16,600 personnel over the next five years.
To conclude, Dr. Rao also spoke about the “Centre of Excellence” set up at NITRA for carrying out R&D and training in protective textiles and the new Fire Testing Laboratory at NITRA.
Sh. V. Srinivas, in his key-note address informed that investment worth Rs. 2000 crore is pumped in T&A sector in the last five years that is generating employment potential of 9 crore people in the coming years.
He also discussed about the govt's Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) for the Textile and Apparel Sector, launched in July'11 with financial outlay of Rs. 229 crores to train 26.75 lakh people over a period of 5 years.
Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi in her Convocation Address stated that the Indian textile and clothing industry contributes 14% to industrial production, 12% to export earnings, 4% to the GDP and 18% employment for the country. The industry directly employs nearly 35 million people and the current size of it is US$ 55 billion.
The MoT has taken several new initiatives such as ISDS, TMTT, SITP, and TUFs, in order to achieve faster and inclusive growth of this industry that is likely to generate additional 30 million direct and indirect employments by 2020. The MoS expressed happiness over NITRA's brilliant performance in training youngsters and providing them job opportunities.
Sh. K. K. Agarwal, Dy. Chairman NITRA, while proposing the formal vote of thanks, asserted that NITRA's initiatives would fully support the existing govt. initiatives for manpower training and thus would benefit the textiles and apparel industry as a whole.
North India Textile Research Association (NITRA)