16 March 2017 Current Affairs: The Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 14 March 2017 introduced the Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) Bill, 2017 in the Lok Sabha.
The Bill is aimed at declaring the FDDI as an Institution of National Importance (INI).
Provisions of the Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill, 2017 : It proposes that FDDI shall be established as a body corporate. The existing institute is centrally-funded for meeting its capital expenditure.It aims to facilitate and promote teaching, training and research in all disciplines relating to design and development of Footwear and leather products. It will enable FDDI to emerge as Centre of Excellence meeting international standards.The institute shall consist of a Governing Council having a Chairperson who shall be an eminent academician, scientist or industrialist from the leather sector.
The Chairperson shall be nominated by the Union Government. The Union Government shall have the power to remove the Chairperson or other members or can reconstitute the Governing Council as well.
The FDDI will develop and conduct courses leading to graduate and post-graduate degrees, doctoral and post-doctoral courses and research in the areas of footwear and leather products.
The institute will conduct skill development programmes and provide technical assistance to artisans, craftsmen, manufacturers, designers and exporters.
Footwear Design & Development Institute : The Footwear Design & Development Institute was established in 1986 with the objective of providing trained human resource and assistance to the sector. It has a pan-India presence with campuses at Noida, Kolkata, Chennai, Fursatganj (UP), Rohtak (Haryana), Chhindwara (M.P) and Jodhpur (Rajasthan) equipped with state of art academic facilities and infrastructure.
Its new campuses at Hyderabad, Patna, Ankleshwar (Gujarat), Banur(Punjab) and Guna (M.P) would also start functioning shortly.