The State Cabinet today okayed a proposal to set up Jharkhand Institute of Craft and Design (JICD) on the lines of world famous Ahmedabad-based National Institute of Design (NID).
Informing about the decision taken by the Cabinet on Tuesday, Additional Chief Secretary NN Pandey said that the NID would also extend its assistance in making the institute qualitatively operational.
“The institute would be named as JICD, Ranchi. The Cabinet has approved the proposal and also granted Rs 56.2 crore as operational cost for the five years. At the same time, Rs 5.92 crore has been released as expected spending for 2015-16,” said Pandey.
The institute would offer five different courses under its five departments. Four degree courses of four years duration would be conducted by each of the four departments while diploma course of three, six and one year duration would be offered by the fifth department.
“Textile and Apparels Design, Experienced Designing and Product Artistic Design, Craft Management and Entrepreneurship and Communication and Performing Art are the four degree courses that would induct 20 students and trainees in each. The certificate course named as Certificate Programme and Outreach Activities would admit 320 students. Total 400 students and trainees can get advanced training in traditional cottage art and techniques through experts and professionals,” added the official.
Students and trainees can be poor craftsmen, weavers, reelers, spinners, silk producers etc who would be immensely benefited in terms of their socio-economic growth and improved lifestyle.
The courses would be affiliated to Ranchi University and run temporarily from Udyog Bhawan, Ratu Road. “It has been planned that the course would commence in June, 2016 based on the curriculum provided by the NID. It would be a world class institute and run like a society under a Director. 50 per cent of the trainees would be from Jharkhand,” added UP Singh, Industry Secretary.