IGNOU Vice Chancellor, prof. R. Pillai told to various new sources, "These are professional programmes aimed at opening new avenues for students. These programmes will help in producing trained man power for export oriented industries working in field of footwear technology, leather industry and other allied products." The programs include M.Sc in retail management, fashion merchandising, CAD/CAM, leather goods and accessories design, communication design and visual merchandising, B.Sc fashion merchandising and retail management, leather goods and accessories design and footwear technology. The classes will be held at different FDDI Centers.
"The programmes been launched keeping in mind an urgent need to orient footwear industries and their research and development laboratories to initiate new educational programmes to upgrade the knowledge of practicing workers, semi-skilled and skilled personnel in footwear industries keeping in view the demands of technological revolution at work place," said Prof Pillai.
The IGNOU-FDDI information bulletin and application form can be obtained from FDDI campuses in Noida, Rae Bareilly, Chennai and Kolkata and from designated banks from 55 locations across India. The last date for submission of application form is 19 may 2011.
Managing director of FDDI, Rajeev Lakhara said: "With the gradual increase in the branches of FDDI and in view of the increase in student's strength it became imperative to provide degree to the students to make the programmes of FDDI at par with other universities. With this new development, students would be able to apply for higher study and also apply for central and state government jobs as well."