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INAUGURATIONS

ATDC makeover for ‘Vibrant Gujarat’

Skill bus enters Rajasthan’s Ladnun... The youth of Ladnun, a small town in the Nagaur district of Rajasthan, can now look forward to build a successful career in the apparel industry as ATDC-SMART has set up a new Skill Camp in the town. A collaborative initiative of ATDC and Jain Vishwa Bharti Institute (JVBI), a deemed university in Ladnun, the Skill Camp enrolled 50 students in its very first batch at the JVBI premises — another small yet significant step to skill rural youth.

... reaches Karnataka’s Bagalkot

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the Directorate of Employment and Training, provides several skill development programmes and ATDC can work with this department in related sectors. ATDC can also work with the Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP) of the State Education Department to provide contents and training for apparel related modules. “However, ATDC needs to find ways to reach people who may not be able to access the bouquet of ATDC programmes and services which are largely located in the major towns and cities,” Dr Thomas advises. Agrees Kurien: “ATDC has to develop new areas of vocational skill development programmes in the traditional sectors of different localities so that many of the skill set which is fast depleting can be reinvented and made useful to the society”. For example, ATDC can take initiative in starting incubation/start up centres in various traditional centres of Handloom and the State Government can support ATDC with the help of Handloom Development Corporation, HANTEX and many other co-operative organisations working under co-operative sector. The state Government has already formulated the scheme for start-ups. In the apparel and textiles scenario, incubation units in the garment manufacturing sector has already started functioning. “ATDC can think over to diversify the area of their operation and provide con-

sultancy to the incubating units and to help them overcome the initial hurdles,” notes Kurien. However, the manufacturing players, while supporting the State Government's apparel policies, need more skilled hands. “Kerala is rich in human resources and the learning curve of the Kerala youth is very sharp. They are quick learners and when compared with the productivity and quality and excel their counterparts from the rest of the country. ATDC should run more tailor-made courses so that the garment manufacturing units can obtain their operators and technicians directly from ATDC campus,” maintains S. Abdul Halim, MD, KINFRA International Apparel Park. For Sashi Sekhar, MD, Texport Industries Pvt. Ltd, ATDC can train more youth from the industry by setting up satellite centres with government’s assistance. “ATDC is capable of providing qualitative education to rural youth. Being a top Vocational Skill Provider for apparel manufacturing units across the country, their endeavour should be to ensure that there is a constant demand for highlytrained students. For this, apart from the quality training, it needs to sharpen the communication skill of the trained youth to help them achieve “employability” in the global market,” Sekhar adds. The State Government is preparing to establish more Textile Centres, Integrated Textile Park, Apparel Park and Rural Apparel Parks. In this case, “by developing various

skill acquisition programme to develop traditional skill combined with modern management technique specific to each location, ATDC can enable the unemployed youth to start their own manufacturing units in the traditional sectors,” suggests Kurien. The state is also experimenting with the start-up culture to revive the handloom sector. “But I see many organisations - mostly claiming to be non-profit - who claim to help set up start-up ventures in handloom and apparel ventures. Many a time, funds available with government for these activities cannot be used effectively, because government and the target population does not have the capacity to manage and utilise these funds in business ventures,” Dr Thomas chips in. “Vocational Skill Providers like ATDC can help bridge that divide with its vast experience and rich resources so that the apparel industry can effectively play three roles: “economy multiplier”, “export multiplier” and “employment multiplier,” she emphasises. Between all this, companies from both inside and out of Kerala are busy hiring trained youth from the ATDC campus. Today, ATDC has created a congenial skill environment for the manufacturing units to thrive, especially in their formative years. In Kerala, the ATDC journey has entered a crucial phase to make the state an “Apparel’s Own Country” soon.

ith a mission to impart skills to the new and existing workforce in the domestic and export-focused apparel industry and textiles sector, ATDC initiated yet another Skill Development Camp in Vadnagar during the “Vibrant Gujarat” summit in Gandhinagar recently. ATDC has joined hands with Sardar Patel Trust, Visnagar District Mehsana at Vadnagar to enhance their placement potentials and make the students industryready. The ATDC-SMART Centre was inaugurated by Shri Virender Uppal Chairman, AEPC, ATDC &

IAM. Shri Hari Kapoor, Vice Chairman, ATDC, Dr. Darlie O. Koshy, DG & CEO, ATDC, Shri Som Bhai Modi, Chairman of Vadnagar Development Committee and Shri Prakash Bhai Patel, President of Patel Trust, were also present. There is a huge requirement of skilled workforce in Ahmedabad. ATDC has set up the new apparel Skill Development Centre in Vadnagar as it is one of Ahmedabad’s closest catchment areas. In Gujarat, ATDC has trained over 500 candidates in long-term courses so far and over 6,000 in short-term courses under the “ATDC-SMART” project.

Skill thrust for Rajasthan

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oping in ATDC to further extend the skill mission in the state, the Rajasthan Skill and Livelihoods Development Corporation (RSLDC), Govt of Rajasthan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ATDC to train 5,950 candidates under its ISDS Project (SMART) recently. The MoU will help train the youth, thus contributing significantly towards the Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) of the Government of India.

With the launch of a new Skill Camp in the district of Bagalkot, ATDC-SMART has opened a new skill development avenue for the youth. Karnataka Thanda Development Corporation Ltd, Government of Karnataka, has come forward to sponsor all the 50 candidates enrolled for the first Smart Operator Basic (SOB) course at the Skill Camp. The skill journey continues...

...and Noida’s Rasulpur later The news of a new Skill Camp at Rasulpur in Noida’s Nawada brought cheers to the people belonging to the marginalised sections, especially youth.While the non-profit SAATHI has come forward to take the message of skill development to the doorsteps of the rural youth, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has agreed to sponsor the initial batch of 25 candidates.

Making youth ‘employable’ in WB

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ore training programmes on surface ornamentation were rolled out in West Bengal as the Society for Self Employment of Unemployed Youth (SSEUY) and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) collaborated with ATDCSMART project in the state to train a significant number of youth. Inaugurating the SSEUYsponsored SMART Surface Orna-

mentation (SSO) Training Programme in Salt Lake, Shri Sadiq Uz Zaman, General Manager, SSEUY lauded the efforts of ATDC. The training programme sponsored by the KMC was inaugurated by Shri Susil Kumar Sharma, Councillor, Ward No-65, KMC, at ATDC Skill Camp at Park Circus. These programmes will open new avenues for the youth.

Workshop on garment manufacturing

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TDC Kolkata recently conducted a workshop on garment manufacturing at three gram panchayat areas in the vicinity of Katwa Super Thermal Project. Sponsored by National Thermal

Power Corporation (NTPC), the two-day programme aimed at imbibing skills in people living in the vicinity of NTPC. The workshop was attended by 239 participants.


Smart newzine spring 2015