Capacity Building Programmes

Free of Cost Training Programme for the Entrepreneurs / Enterprises working/wishing to work in the Carpet Industry

In order to develop the carpet industry on the whole and encourage export initiatives in the sector, the Carpet Export Promotion Council (CEPC), under the Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, has initiated a 5-day training programme towards undertaking free-of-cost capacity building of weavers, representatives of self help groups & voluntary organizations and prospective entrepreneurs involved in the carpet industry in the country. Initially this training programme will be organized at Mirzapur, which is a major carpet production center in the country. Following this, the trainings are proposed to be undertaken in the other major carpet producing centers (Bhadohi in Uttar Pradesh, Jaipur in Rajasthan, Panipat in Haryana and Dehradun in Uttarakhand) of the country as well.

For the last four centuries, Indian carpets have been known throughout the world for their highly ornate designs, subtle elegance, exquisite colors and excellent craftsmanship. Thus, apart from providing employment to a large number of poor people, the carpet industry earns a substantial amount of foreign currency for the country making it one of the major contributors to the Indian economy.

Considering the need for the development of this industry along with that for the encouragement of its exports, the said training programmes have been designed to provide an in-depth understanding of all the aspects related to the marketing management of Indian carpets—packaging, price determination, development of business plans, documentation of project reports and even the necessary formalities associated with their exports.

Further, these training programmes will provide the trainees an exposure to a host of schemes being implemented by the Govt. of India through the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handicrafts). Among such schemes included in the training curriculum, the prominent ones are — the Artisan ID Card Scheme, under which, the artisans are enrolled for making them eligible for availing benefits under all the welfare schemes of the Department of Handicrafts, the Artisan Credit Card Scheme which provides credits up to Rs. 2.00/- lakhs to the artisans without  their having to  furnish any guarantee for the same, the Jan Shri Bima Yojana (JSBY) which provides risk coverage against accidents/deaths to the artisans, and the Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Beema Yojna which provides health insurance to the artisans.

Towards selecting the training participants for the said training programme to be held at Mirzapur, the CEPC is organizing a walk-in interview on Saturday, 9th February, 2011. The potential entrepreneurs, artisans and representatives of the self help groups & voluntary organizations desirous of attending the same should be present between 11 am and 1 pm at the Block Development Office-Kone in Mirzapur district.