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Outreach Programmes planned through IAM

The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), through its Institute of Apparel Management (IAM), plans to offer outreach programmes in topics such as fashion retail, fashion communication and quality assurance so to develop a core of skilled workforce for textile industry.

“These are going to be implemented as short – term certificate courses for students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate courses in fashion technology and fashion and costume design at various colleges in Tirupur and its hinterland,” IAM centre head Ravi Kishore told.

At present, IAM is offering only one certificate course in merchandising adopting the ‘outreach mode.’

Another initiative planned by the IAM is to design specialised skill development courses to fill the critical gaps existing in the knowledge and skill aspects in Tirupur knitwear cluster and thereby wipe out the delays in shipment which was currently pegged at about 10 per cent and enhance productivity.

“Our team is now carrying out a survey to study the shortfalls in the areas such as fabric sourcing, human resources, production and equipment maintenance, among others, so that required training could be given to the employees in the departments concerned for enhancement of their skills,” Mr. Kishore said.

As part of the survey, data samples were being collected from 100 textile units in the cluster picked from among small, medium and large enterprises categories.

The survey was expected to be completed by 15th May, 2011. “The inputs compiled from the survey will be the primary source of information for the development of the courses,” Mr. Kishore added.

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Accent on revamping Syllabi of Textiles Institutions

Director of the Centre for Continuing Education, Institute of Apparel Management in Tirupur P. Ravikishore said that the present syllabus offered by universities in the field of Textiles and Fashions was not on a par with international standards, thereby forcing the industry to give them training in new techniques before employing them.

He was addressing faculty and students after inaugurating ‘FEDORA 2011’, a one – day Inter – Collegiate State Level Textile Contest and Exhibition that was organized by the Textile and Fashion Design Department of Muthayammal College of Arts and Science in Rasipuram on Friday.

The Director pointed out that the field was highly competitive and had room only for talented persons, and hinted at the need for colleges to gear up the students to meet the industry requirements to avoid being left alone.

The Textile Industry was only next to agriculture in providing direct and indirect job opportunities to a large section of the country’s population, he added.

Ravikishore also said that the progress of the Textile Industry was highly dependent on farmers and consumers.

Without farmers growing cotton required for making yarn, it would be impossible for the industry to make garments and run the show, he added.

More than 700 Students of 13 Colleges from Chennai, Coimbatore, Salem, Erode, Tirupur, Thanjavur, Namakkal and Krishnagiri districts took part in the event.

Prizes and certificates of participation were given to more than 100 students from various colleges who took part in the various Competitions and Entertaining Events such as Paper Presentation, Fashion Sketching, Surface Embellishment, Accessory Designing, Face Painting, Hair do, Mehandi, Designer Contest, Fashion Show and Mr. and Miss Fedora – 2011 Contest.

Hindusthan College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, emerged overall champions.

Swetha Anil of Sri Krishna Arts and Science College, Coimbatore, and K.M. Karthikeyan of Bharath College of Arts and Science, Tanjore, won the Miss and Mr. Fedora event.


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