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“Customised courses can now be launched in partnership with large apparel export houses and leading domestic manufacturers. Apparel sector has to upgrade and the NCVT-NSQF aligned courses & the degree B.Voc Programmes will get a new direction.” — Shri Hari Kapoor, Vice Chairman, ATDC further and now in line with the government’s agenda to skill India with a renewed quality thrust. It is not that ATDC’s efforts have gone unnoticed. India’s largest quality vocational training provider for the apparel sector was recently awarded the “Best Institute: Innovation” by top business body ASSOCHAM at its Summit called “Skilling India”. ATDC received the award for introducing new skill development programmes for youth and having different verticals to work with the government for long-term courses and B. Vocational programmes — thus offering a bouquet of courses for career and skill development in a cohesive manner with a focus of “Skilling for Aspirational Indian youth”. Such initiatives are a positive step to-

wards skilling the untapped potential that can be utilised to make “Skill India” a reality. The government has realised that it needs to scale up skilling efforts if it wants to include rural and semi-urban youth into the national development process. The emphasis is now to skill them in a way that they get not only employment but also improve their entrepreneurial skills. Thus, trainings are no longer going to be restricted to vocational ones but also micro-entrepreneurial trainings that can encourage them to start their ventures independently or improvise if they already have any. Tailor-made, need-based programmes — language and communication skills, life and positive thinking skills, personality development skills,

management skills, behavioural skills, job and employability skills — have to be initiated for specific age-groups. ATDC is on the path to chart out such visionary programmes — a “creative endeavour” on the lines of global standards so that the youth of our country can not only meet the domestic demands but also of countries abroad. As the government wants to turn India into a manufacturing hub for the world, it needs good quality manpower that can deliver at par with standards in their nations. For Prime Minister Modi, “Skill India” is not just an initiative but a movement. For ATDC, skilling was always a movement but now it has become a passion with a thrust on quality education via long-term programmes.

Skills Matrix Assessment decodes trainees’ skills n order to analyse and catalogue the skills and levels of trainees passing out from the respective ATDC Centres, ATDC in association with M/s Idea Smith recently conducted Skills Matrix Assessment at ATDC Centres in Delhi-NCR region. The Assessment and Evaluation presented the gap analysis along with the measures to bridge the same. As part of the new initiative to emphasise on ‘Quality and Process Improvement’, ATDC developed the Skill Matrix Assessment that showcases ‘Quality and Efficiency’ of each trainee across the various domain skills imparted during the SMO Course as per the industry parameters. For the pilot test of “Skill Matrix Assessment”, the pilot study was conducted at four ATDC Centres of Delhi-NCR region - ATDC Faridabad, ATDC Rohini, ATDC Okhla and ATDC Noida. The key learning provided both quantitative and qualitative results across the skills in ‘Paper Exercises’“Fabric Exercises’‘Pictorial Test’

Birth of a skilled Olympian from ATDC

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kills can take people to places but hardly did Julferkar Ali Bhutto — the 20-year-old son of a humble tailor from Sant Kabir Nagar in Uttar Pradesh — realise this would happen so soon after completing a six-month programme from ATDC Rohni. Bhutto, who wanted to be a driver but ended up joining ATDC as a textile designing student, has been selected to represent India at 43rd World Skills Competition, also known as the Skill Olympics to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, from August 11-16, 2015. Trained on apparel pattern making at ATDC’s Rohini Centre in New Delhi, Bhutto earned his place as he topped the national competitions on fashion technology organised by World Skills India held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. His dexterous creations at the competition — a jacket, skirt and a top — bagged him the first prize that participants from over 250 institutions competed for. “My happiness knows no bounds today, but it will be even greater if my work could bring laurels to the nation at the World Skill Competition in Brazil,” said an elated Bhutto as he took a small

break from his busy schedule at the Apparel House in Gurgaon. Bhutto received the “winner” certificate from Shri S Ramadorai, Chairman NSDA (National Skill Development Agency) and NSDC (National Skill Development Corporation) in the presence of Shri Pawan Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Dilip Chenoy, MD & CEO, NSDC at the closing ceremony of the World Skills India at Pragati Maidan on February 28. Passion for stitching, Bhutto be-

lieves, run in his DNA but had it not for the training at ATDC, presenting his skills at the world stage could have remained at mostly as a distant dream. “‘I have inherited this skills from my ancestors and it flows in my blood having come from a family of a tailor, but it is the course at ATDC that taught me the technicalities needed for creating garments of international standards,” he noted, thanking ATDC for arranging financial assistance in the run up to his preparation for the World Skill Competition. Now wait for another success story!

DISPLAYING CREATIVITY

DESIGNING TO PERFECTION

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ATDC Kolkata students won the first prize in the inter-college designing competition “Dzire 2 Dzine” organised at Footwear Development and Design Institute (FDDI), Kolkata in August, 2014.

INSPIRING ‘D-DESIGNER’

‘Sewing Operation (Components)’ and ‘Machine Knowledge’. The study also highlighted that the anticipation of having the Skill Matrix Assessment makes the faculty resources become more responsible as their accountability

increases and the machine labs and machines are better maintained. Based on the outcomes, the respective ATDC centres were advised to take corrective measures to improve the outcomes.

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ATDC Indore won the third prize at the stall display competition at Indore, Madhya Pradesh.

SKETCHING AWARENESS The students of Fashion Design Technology of ATDC, Surat participated at the D –Designer Radio Mirchi Fashion, Drawing, Drafting and Stitching competition on December 19, 2014.

As part of its activities to increase awareness about apparel courses, ATDC Ranchi organised inter-college sketching competition.


Smart newzine spring 2015