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Parliament gives nod to Footwear Design Institute Bill

Parliament on Monday passed the Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill that seeks to establish the Footwear Design and Development Institute as an institution of national importance with the Rajya Sabha’s nod to the law.

The Bill, introduced by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, was passed after discussion. The Lok Sabha has already passed the Bill.

As per the Bill, the functions of the institute include developing and conducting courses and research related to footwear and leather products’ design and development and working as a national resource centre for curriculum development, training and skill development in the leather sector.

It will grant degrees, diplomas and certificates to the students.

The institute will be run by a governing council that will supervise matters related to the institute, and a senate as its principal academic body.

It will be funded by grants from the central government, the fees collected from students and other sources.

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