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177 centres set up under 'ATDC-SMART' in last 3 years: AEPC

GURGAON: Garment exporters' body AEPC today said 177 training centres having a capacity to train over 45,000 people annually have been set up under the ATDC-SMART project in the last three years. 

The ATDC-SMART programme is an ATDC training project, under the Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) of the Ministry of Textiles, for imparting skills. ATDC-SMART stands for Apparel Training and Design Centre-Skills for Manufacturing Apparels through Research and Training. 

"ATDC has set up 177 centres of ATDC-SMART in just about 2-3 years, under ISDS, with a built-up capacity to train over 45,000 candidates per year. It has also initiated new models for skill training in the country," Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) Chairman A Sakthivel said while addressing the ATDC Skill Conclave, 2013. 

After inaugurating the conclave, Textiles Minister K Sambasiva Rao said "modernise or perish" should be the motto of the apparel industry. He also hoped that the conclave will throw up more ideas for the industry to adopt. 

The event was focused on the core workforce requirements of the garment industry located in various manufacturing centres and apparel clusters across India. 

India's apparel exports declined by 5.76 per cent to USD 12.92 billion in 2012-13 due to the demand slowdown in major markets like US and Europe. 

The US and Europe together account for over 65 per cent of the country's garment exports.