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IIHT-Odisha to introduce degree course for handloom

Aug 10, 2021
IIHT-Odisha to introduce degree course for handloom

Bhubaneswar, Odisha

The central government has decided to introduce a four-year degree course in Indian Institutes of Handloom Technology (IIHT) Odisha related to handloom and textile technology, said Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Textiles. 

Bargarh is regarded as the hub of handloom weaving in Odisha. According to Piyush Goyal, it is feasible to introduce the degree courses in handloom and textile technology, this is why the central government has decided to introduce this course in IIHT Odisha, Bargarh.

As per statistics, there are six Indian Institutes of Handloom Technology (IIHT) including Salem (Tamil Nadu), Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Guwahati (Assam), Jodhpur (Rajasthan), Fulia-Shantipur (West Bengal), and Bargarh (Odisha). These fall under the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

The minister also told that there are four other IIHTs that are run by the respective state governments. These are at Venkatagiri (Andhra Pradesh), Champa (Chattisgarh), Gadag-Betgeri (Karnataka), and Kannur (Kerala).

The information on handloom courses which have their own nomenclatures and are run by the private sector is not maintained by the central government. As per the count, these six Central Government-run IIHTs have awarded around 340 students with degrees, post diplomas, and diplomas. Companies are also invited by these institutes for the placement of students. Many students get directly placed with these companies and are recruited from the campus. This information was given by Minister Goyal.  

Source – The Statesman

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