To prepare students for employability in the Indian apparel industry, IGNOU’s School of Vocational Education and Training has launched a certificate program in Fashion Design. As per a statement from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the students of Class 12 for this English medium course which has been created for a duration ranging from 6 months to 2 years.
Designed with intent for imparting necessary knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of fashion design, the programme has been developed with the objective of catering to the needs of the candidates who want to pursue a career as assistant designers in the export and retail sectors. The course will assist the students not only in upgrading their existing knowledge but also in attaining finesse in pattern making and sewing.
Besides this, the students will gather extensive knowledge of the fashion industry not just in India, but on an international scale. The candidates will also be provided hands-on practical exercises in CAD & will be equipped with the information about textiles. Further, the personality of the aspirant will be groomed by polishing his communication and entrepreneurship skills.
Elaborating on the issue of lack of a proper training system in the country, an official stated, "Indian Apparel Industry is a labor-intensive industry offering employment to approximately over 45 million people directly and 60 million people indirectly (IBEF, 2017). India enjoys a comparative advantage in this industry due to (i) abundant supply of labor, and (ii) relatively low cost of labor,"
Stating further about the apparel industry, he added, "It helps to become apparel sourcing destination for many international companies and its share in global exports is about 26%. The Government of India aims to achieve US 300 billion textile exports by 2024-25 and create an additional 35 million job in the textile sector (http://texmin.nic.in). It is not possible to achieve the said target through existing formal training system,"