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‘For every disciplined effort, there is a multiple reward’

“There is an acute shortage of skilled workforce at every level. The latest move by ATDC to consolidate and grow with quality through long-term courses will help to bring quality skill training and vocational education within the reach of millions of youth and prepare them for specific industry needs.” — Shri Virender Uppal, Chairman, AEPC, ATDC & IAM

or introducing new innovative skill development-training programmes for youth alongside various verticals, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) honoured ATDC with the “Best Institute: Innovation Award” at its “Skilling India” summit in New Delhi recently. The award was conferred by Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of State (independent charge) for Labour and Employment in the presence of Mr. Alok Kumar (IAS), Director General, DGE&T, and dignitaries from various industries. “We are honoured to receive this award. India is a unique and aspirational country and being a ladder for growth is, therefore, important. Acquisition of skills is the future of the Indian job market and its global economic clout. We always try to come up with innovative approaches in skill development which provides new ways of talent development for the youth,” said Dr. Darlie O. Koshy, DG & CEO, ATDC & IAM, at the event. ATDC was recognised for its innovative training initiatives like creation of brand “SMART,” launch of ATDC-JUKI Tech Innovation Centre, “Product Specialty Centres”,new approaches such as Simulated Production Environment, state-of-

ent levels of certification with better employability and learning capacity,” adds Mr Uppal. “ATDC Vocational Institutes (AVIs) are a vital part of the vocational training system for careers in apparel, fashion and textiles having a pan-India presence in and near apparel-textile Hubs, offering certificate, diploma and advance diploma courses. Dr. Darlie Koshy adds: “To attend to the ever-increasing demand for degree courses, this MOU with AICTE will now facilitate ATDC to offer new generation B. Voc programmes at ATDCs. These are based on the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF) that addresses critical knowledge and skill sets required to make the candidate “industry ready” right from the start and also become a “young-entrepreneur”. “B. Voc programmes give thrust to middle management professionals which are in significant demand due to new technological and IT interventions in the apparel-retail industry,” Mr. Uppal



Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Minister of State (independent charge) for Labour and Employment presenting the “Best Institute: Innovation Award” to ATDC in New Delhi.

the-art infrastructure, SMART Trainee Kits and Training of Trainers’ (TOT) Academies. “I would like to thank ASSOCHAM for bestowing us with this award which rightfully belongs to entire ATDC team members who have contributed to its growth and success in India,” added Mr. Hari Kapoor, Vice Chairman, ATDC.

Today, ATDC is a single largest vocational training provider for the apparel sector in India with pan-India presence. Earlier, ATDC has also received the ASSOCHAM Award for “Best Vocational Institute 2014” and is a proud recipient of UK-India Skill Forum Award as well.

notes. For Mr. Kapoor, apparel industry has to upgrade and the new B. VoC courses will be of great help in that direction. In this direction, ATDC has collaborated with the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), an Institute of National Importance, to offer B. Voc programmes (Read details on P7). DONNING THE ‘NEW JOB ROLES’ In the same breath to bring quality education to the doorsteps of new generation youth, ATDC has affiliated with Apparel Made-Ups & Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council (AMH-SSC) for “17 Job Roles” in the apparel sector. It is a step forward towards establishing competence of ATDCs to deliver vocational training from NVEQF/ NVQF/NSQF level 1 to 10 which is based on National Occupational Standards (NOS) co-created by AMH-SSC/NSDC constituted with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).


With an aim to prepare both ATDC and AMH-SSC for skilling in the apparel sector, the affiliation certificate was handed over by Dr. A. Sakthivel, Chairman, AMH-SSC to Shri Virender Uppal, Chairman, ATDC/AEPC in presence of Dr. Darlie O. Koshy, DG & CEO, ATDC & IAM and Dr. Roopak Vasistha, CEO, AMH-SSC. This collaboration through the process of affiliation will focus on learning and development of the learners so that they are easily employable in the apparel sector. The process is also expected to encourage ATDCs to pursue continual excellence so that they are always in tune with the requirements of the industry. “The purpose of affiliation is to maintain high standards of quality in delivering NOS-based vocational training,” Dr. Koshy informs. SKILLING IN TOP GEAR With these MoUs and the process of affiliation, ATDC has pushed the envelope

OGTC’s ‘Path Breaker Award 2014’ goes to ATDC: Dr. Darlie Koshy he Okhla Garment and Textile Cluster (OGTC) recently conferred the “Path Breaker Award 2014” to Dr. Darlie Koshy at the inaugural session of OGTC conference. “The OGTC is pleased to confer ‘Path Breaker Award 2014’ on Dr. Darlie O. Koshy, DG&CEO, IAM & ATDC for promoting and implementing skills development programmes all over the country with intense training activities for providing ‘Employable Skills,’ organising ‘Hunar Ki Hunkar’ and achieving milestone of training 100000 youth and following the motto “Imparting Skills & Improving Lives,” the award citation read. “I dedicate this award to the ATDC team and thousands of unemployed and unskilled men and women across the country for whom we are striving to impart skills and improve lives,” Dr. Darlie Koshy said.


ATDC and the Apparel Made-Ups & Home Furnishing Sector Skill Council (AMH-SSC) officials with the affiliation for “17 Job Roles” in the apparel sector.

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