Minister of State for Commerce and Industry C R Chaudhary said on Monday that the Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) has been granted the status of an ‘Institute of National Importance’. The insitute can now grant grant degrees to students without requiring outside permission.
This status is the result of the commitment to resolve the degree issue and to ensure FDDI’s upgradation to an eminent position so as to enable its effective service to the sector, the minister said.
The FDDI bill was passed in the parliament in July 2017 and FDDI Act 2017 is being enforced on Tuesday, October 17, this year. Chaudhary commented that the institutes now have the autonomy to design their courses as it is required by the industry. It will be allowed to develop and conduct courses of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The institute is currently imparting UG and PG skill-based courses in the field of leather goods, footwear, management and retail. It has 2,500 students studying at eight campuses across the country.
Now, the institute will be allowed to enroll twice the number of students as four new campuses will be introduced in the next academic session. The new campuses are located in Patna, Ankleshwar, Banur and Hyderabad.