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The new campus of Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) Chennai at SIPCOT Irungattukottai will become operational from July and will offer four new courses from the academic year 2011-2012, said its executive director D. Saalai Maraan.
According to him, the Irungattukottai campus, which is the only branch of FDDI in southern India, will offer B. Sc (Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management) and three postgraduate courses - M. Sc (Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management), M. Sc Footwear technology and M. Sc (Creative Designing – CAD/CAM) from this year."The main aim of the programme is to create trained manpower for designing and production in the footwear industry at the operational level. It also aims at imparting value addition in terms of technical and design input to existing entrepreneurs. The courses are completely practical-oriented with more than 80 per cent practical inputs. An entrance exam will be held in the Chennai centre on June 11, 12 and 13. Eligible candidates will be offered scholarship.
The institute has a tie-up with Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation for offering a short-term course in Footwear Manufacturing Technology, for which the SC/ST students have been extended subsidy by the government, he said.
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