Union MSME Minister Narayan Rane inaugurates Center of Excellence for Khadi at NIFT, Delhi

The Centre of Excellence for Khadi will work to introduce the latest designs and adopt processes of international standards to create new fabrics and clothing as per the needs of the domestic and global buyers.

New Delhi:  The Centre of Excellence for Khadi (CoEK) hub here  in New Delhi and its spokes in Gandhinagar, Shillong, Kolkata and Bengaluru were inaugurated by Union Minister of MSME,  Narayan Rane, at NIFT Campus in New Delhi on Wednesday.

The minister also launched the CoEK website where the latest design and technology interventions will be uploaded for usage of the Khadi Institutions.

Speaking on the occasion  Rane said Khadi has a big responsibility of contributing to nation’s development and fulfilling the goal of “Aatmanirbhar Bharat” and, at the same time, the designers have the responsibility of introducing new designs in Khadi and making it appealing for the youths.

“There is a need to assess the popularity of Khadi as compared to other leading players in the Indian fashion industry. Our designers must introduce such appealing designs in Khadi that people are tempted to buy Khadi as much they buy other clothing,” he said.

Minister of State for MSME,  Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Minister of State for Textiles,  Darshana Vikram Jardosh, secretary MSME,  BB Swain and secretary Textiles,  UP Singh were also present on the occasion.

Seeking to make Khadi trendier by diversifying its fabrics and clothing line and up-skilling the Khadi Institutions to upgrade the quality standards, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission has collaborated with National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) to set up CoEK.

Chairman, the  KVIC,  Vinai Kumar Saxena congratulated the entire team of KVIC and NIFT for setting up the CoEK and said it would contribute significantly in making Khadi trendier and globally popular.

The CoEK will work to introduce the latest designs and adopt processes of international standards to create new fabrics and clothing as per the needs of the domestic and global buyers.

The CoEK will also upskill the Khadi Institutions to introduce new designs and techniques in the manufacturing process to diversify Khadi’s product line.

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