The Union Commerce and Industry Minister, Suresh Prabhu recently inaugurated the 12th campus of the Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) at Bihta in Patna. The state government has provided 10-acres of land without charging any cost for setting up the campus.
Markedly, US $ 16.6 million has been invested while building the institute, which will offer three and four-year courses in footwear and fashion designing. It is pertinent to note that along with Suresh Prabhu, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Sushil Kumar Modi was also there at the inauguration event.
“A ‘centre of excellence’ would be set up on the new campus at a cost of Rs 14 crore, in a bid to boost efficiency and innovation in the leather industry.” – Suresh Prabhu, Union Commerce and Industry Minister, elucidated while inaugurating the campus situated in a mega industrial park on the outskirts of Patna city.
Additionally, the institute will target to bridge the gap of shortage of trained personnel in the country’s footwear design industry. The new campus offers latest machines and equipment for cutting, finishing and producing computer-based designs. About 300 students are expected to secure skilled training from the institute every year.
Also, it has inked pacts with renowned institutes from England and Italy in a bid to provide students training of international standards, so that they can remain competitive in the global market, once they start manufacturing on their own.