Srinagar, June 8: In its 28th Executive Committee meeting of Craft Development Institute (CDI), Principal Secretary, Skill Development Department, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon today emphasised upon the faculty and administration of CDI to revive crafts that are nearing extinction. He asked them to work for innovations to renew these crafts afresh here.
The meeting was attended by Head Management Studies, KU, Prof Iqbal Hakeem; Director Skill Development, Sajad Hussain; Director NIFT, Javid Ahmad Wani; Director Indian Institute of Carpet Technology, Zubair Ahmad besides noted industrialists Sheikh Ashiq, President KCCI; Farooq Amin, General Secretary, KCCI; Arshad Mir, CoA EPCH and other officers/officials of Skill Development Department.
Director National Institute of Design, New Delhi and Additional Secretary Finance participated in the meeting through video conferencing.
Samoon who is also the chairman of the Executive Committee impressed upon the administration of the Institute to modernise the crafts to reduce drudgery and for improved outcomes. He asked them to link the students enrolled in the institute with the industries so that their skill sets are relevant to their requirements and they find jobs at the end of training.
The Principal Secretary urged the institution authorities to develop marketing techniques that are in consonance with the current trends. He asked them to take full advantage of the digital marketing platforms that have added significance in view of prevailing covid protocols.
Dr Samoon advised them to act as facilitators for the artisans and create skilled manpowerfor industriesto hire from. He asked them to recruit faculties in specific crafts especially master craftsmen who are well-versed with the craft and its nuances. He asked them to create the facility of certification laboratory here so that artisans have not to go outside for the purpose.