In a first of its kind initiative,Jammu and Kashmir has launched a Master’s programme,a university recognised professional course,to develop human resources for the craft sector in the state.
The Masters in Craft Management and Entrepreneurship (MCME) programme was launched yesterday by Commissioner Secretary Industries and Commerce,Shantmanu,at a function at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC).
The programme has been envisioned by the Craft Development Institute (CDI) Srinagar and recognised by the University of Kashmir.
Shantmanu expressed hope that the MCME programme would prove most rewarding and provide career opportunities to the graduates as trained craft entrepreneurs,managers,merchandisers and trainers (resources persons),in private as well as government sectors.
He also encouraged students of the first batch to become entrepreneurs after completing the degree.
Director CDI M S Farooqi said MCME is an effort to create a motivated and professionally trained human resource for overall development of the craft sector.
“MCME is a degree as good as other MBA programmes and University of Kashmir is committed to provide all logistic support to the MBA students of the CDI,” Dean,Faculty of Commerce and Management,Professor Shabir Ahmad Bhat,said.
A G Rao of IIT Bombay,Director Handicrafts Muzaffar Hussain and a large number of people associated with the craft sector were present on the occasion.