Dr A Sakthivel, Chairman, ATDC & AEPC presided over the 17th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ATDC held on September 28, 2020. Organized via video-conferencing, the meeting was attended by over 70 leading industry members from across India. Among those present wertr: Usha Fabs, Jyoti Apparels, Monica Garments, Cheer Sagar, Goodwill Impex, Neetee Clothing, Trend Setters Intl, Madan Trading Co, SNQS Intl, PS Exports, KG Exports, Creative Garments, Twenty Second Miles, etc. These members assessed the Post COVID preparedness of ATDC and noted that training would commence from October 2020.
The members wanted steps to be taken for intensive training on productivity improvement and support for implementing ‘Apprenticeship’ scheme which has become mandatory now. Sakthivel informed about the recent steps taken in Tamil Nadu by ATDC alongwith AEPC in the World Bank Project ‘STRIVE’.
Rakesh Vaid, Vice-Chairman, ATDC spoke about the launch of ‘Pro-up’ or Professional Up-gradation programs for apparel exporters on-site basis for from January, 2021. ATDC has been selected by the Delhi government through DSFDC for training 1,000 candidates in trade program i.e. AMT, FDT. Merchandiser – Products Supervisor, Pattern Maker, etc in five ATDC’s centers across Delhi. The courses commenced from September 21, 2020 at Dwarka, Okhla, Ayanagar, Dilshad Garden and Rohini.
ATDC also launched digital online courses for all verticals with about 1,200 students in AVI vertical, 600 students in BVoc and 670- 700 students in DDU-GKY and 2400 candidates in National Sponsorship Progam . NSDC has renewed ATDC’s membership as a non-funded partner and as of March, 2020, uploaded over 68,000 candidates through NSDC Portal becoming one of the biggest vocational training provider in the country.
The Ministry of Textiles has empanelled to provide ToT training under which 14 training programs have already been conducted under the SMARTH initiative of MOT, GOI. In addition, ATDC has trained 2025 trainers in 82 batches through AMH-SSC. During the previous Financial Year in 2019-20, ATDC had conducted the first award and degree distribution function on November 21, 2019 wherein, 187 BVoc students had received their degrees from Dr (Prof) Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE.
During the year 2019-20, ATDC also emerged as the biggest training provider through CSR with support from GAP Inc, Groz Beckret, HCL, ONGC, RECL and many other corporates. ATDC has also completed Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) of more than 22,955 candidates in 372 factories across India, probably the largest RPL implementing agency for Apparel Sector under NSDC.
Under Sakthivel’s leadership ATDC aims to join hands with AEPC for implementation of the World Bank supported ‘STRIVE’ Project for Industry Apprenticeship Initiative Cell and expand the work of Training of Trainers (ToT) through AMH-SSC. Another major feather in ATDC’s cap has been the GAP Inc’s PACE (Personal Advance and Career Enhancement) program having selected ATDC as an education and training partner for PACE since 2018. ATDC has trained over 8,000 candidates and 125 trainers under this program. For the current year GAP is extending freeship / scholarship for 232 girl students from disadvantaged sections of the society to pursue their studies.
ATDC is also rehabilitating migrant laborers. In UP, over 200 migrant laborers are being trained under RPL at ATDC Kanpur. ATDC expects to be sanctioned further RPL targets to be taken up in UP. ATDC is poised to play a significant role in the post COVID-era through digitalization of the courses and for generating new jobs in the industry Revolution 4.0 context by introducing new bouquet of courses relevant to the emerging challenges caused by the New Normal. The facilities extended by ATDC to society’s exporter members include:
10 per cent fee concession granted to the candidates being sponsored/ referred to ATDC in writing on letterhead by the esteemed members of ATDC (Garment Exporters) for training at ATDC centers under B Voc degree courses and 1 year AMT/FDT diploma courses.
20 per cent fee concession granted to the candidates being, sponsored referred to us in writing on letterhead by the esteemed members of ATDC garment exporters for training at ATDC centers under various short term courses / certificate courses.
• Mini textile abs for basic testing facility and training of technicians. Access to basic quality testing services in knits and woven segment to enable judicious purchase decisions in procurement of yarn and fabric through hard negotiations of price, based on quality parameters.
• • Resource & High Tech Centre Facility for advanced machines
• National Placement Cell to help in identifying skilled human resources
• ATDC-TOT academy (for providing training to trainers/professional of member companies)
• Exposure to latest technology and advanced training
• Circulation of ATDC E-News to the members
• ATDC pro-up Initiative
• On the requirement of garment industry ATDC is also setting up ‘ATDC-Smart Inside’ within Apparel Factories
• Designing and range development/fashion collection/sample development through Final Year B.Voc students at ‘Converge’ annual show of ATDC.
• ATDC Digital Learning Division and professional up-gradation center.
• ATDC portal and mobile app for providing online network of apparel value chain and services related with it.
• ATDC-KTM Centre of Excellence for providing technical support to Tirupur Knitwear Sector
• Conducting Recognition of Prior Learning Training (RPL) Programmes/TOT Training of Trainers. Gurpreet Kaur, Director (AA) & Secretary (BOG & AGM Matters), ATDC