"The institute will offer undergraduate degree, post-graduate degree and PG diploma to the students. Apart from this, there are also plans to introduce one-year certificate courses for working professionals. In addition to this, plans are on the anvil to introduce short-term courses for entrepreneurs," Kshipra Shukla told.
She informed that the stress is on providing job-oriented courses. "There are plans to start courses in visual merchandising and fashion journalism," she told.
The institute will also endeavour to help the artisans and budding artisans in designing and marketing of their products.
"Soon we are going to organise a meeting of local artisans and the national and state awardees, so that the awardees can share their experience with the artisans. We are also in touch with the Union ministry of textiles, so that the weavers come to us. Plans are on to organise a divisional commission-wise camps for the weavers," she told.
The chairperson also informed that the institute will also emphasise on intellectual exchange (among students and artisans) between various handicrafts of India and other countries.
"The glass work of Firozabad is heavy, as compared to Turkey, which is comparatively light. Through the interactive meets, an effort will be made to give international exposure to the local artisans, so that they can gain from the global perspective. Similarly, there is Lakhnavi chikan and Pakistan chikan. Then there are carpets from Bhadohi and from Afghanistan," Shukla told.