We aim to provide skilled manpower & technical cadre to apparel industry : Dr. Darlie Koshy, DG & CEO, ATDC & the Institute of Apparel Management
Updated on: 31 Oct 2015
The Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC) has emerged as India's largest vocational training provider for the apparel industry, and is also the single largest training provider for any vocational trade in the country. ATDC has successfully undertaken collaborations with several government organisations to train candidates from different sections of society.
With the recent emphasis on CSR initiatives to be undertaken by companies, it hopes to partner with corporates, PSUs and others to provide training programmes for the youth and women, especially in rural areas. In an interview with Sanjeev Sinha, Dr. Darlie Koshy, DG & CEO, ATDC & the Institute of Apparel Management, talks about the objective behind setting up ATDC as well as its growth plans. Excerpts:
What was the objective behind starting ATDC?
ATDC was set up owing to the felt need by the industry to have trained shop floor workforce and supervisors as well as technically-qualified junior-to-middle-level managers, especially in the area of quality assurance and industrial engineering. The first centre was inaugurated in Guindy in 1996.
However, after the Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS), launched by the Government of India, chose ATDC as Component-1 implementing agency with a target of 1,72,000 candidates to be trained in the Pilot Project Period up to 31st Mar, 2015, ATDC underwent a major transformation by reaching out across the country and scaling up training infrastructure and capacity.