The Indian apparel industry having a huge requirement for labour offers employment to approximately 4.5 crore people directly and 6 crore people indirectly. With the aim of preparing students to explore the upcoming job opportunities available in Indian apparel industry,Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has introduced a new certificate course in Fashion Design. The programme has been launched by IGNOU’s School of Vocational Education and Training.
Course has minimum eligibility criteria of Senior Secondary education or Class 12, for applying. The certificate programme has been designed for a minimum of 6 months and maximum 2 years. Course will be offered in English language. It focuses on the fundamentals of fashion designing, sewing techniques, basics of fashion , scope of fashion designing and textile design.
The Textile ministry aims to achieve $300 billion of textile exports by 2024-25 and create an additional 35 million jobs in the textile sector according to the University , hence it was not possible to achieve the targets through existing formal training system, as reported by Times of India. Hence, the university has launched short- term certificate course.