In a recent development, it was learnt that the ministry of textiles has given the nod to appeals from exporters’ bodies to effect upgrades of over 200 apparel training and design centers (ATDCs). This upgrade is expected to get carried out pan India and will include centers in Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. The major functions the upgrade comprises are setting up of state-of-the-art machinery and induction of new training courses.
According to highly placed sources in the ministry that wished not to be named, “Members of the industry told the textile ministry officials that the machinery at these centers was obsolete. Considering the competitiveness of exports, the industry needs highly skilled professionals. For this, these training centers should be upgraded and equipped with the latest machinery so that workforce can be trained on the modern machinery. Acting on the request of the exporters, the ministry officials has asked the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) to make project report for the upgrade. The ministry also agreed to add knitwear section in these training centers.”