IGNOU rolls out six months Certificate Program in Fashion Design

IGNOU’s School of Vocational Education and Training has rolled out a certificate program in Fashion Design. As the IE report, the program is aiming at preparing students for employability in the Indian apparel industry. Indian Apparel Industry is a labour intensive industry offering employment to approximately over 45 million people directly and 60 million people indirectly (IBEF, 2017). India enjoys a comparative advantage in this industry due to the abundant supply of labour, and the relatively low cost of labour noted the report.

It helps to become apparel sourcing destination for many international companies and its share in global exports is about 26%. The Government of India aims to achieve US 300 billion textile exports by 2024-25 and create an additional 35 million job in the textile sector. It is not possible to achieve the said target through existing formal training system. It becomes necessary to adopt an exceptional pedagogical approach like blending learning for delivery of the program as per industry needs, the report pointed out. It will develop basic knowledge and skills in pattern making and sewing techniques.

The programme seeks to develop basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of fashion design; understanding of the fashion industry in India and across the globe; impart fundamental knowledge of textiles; impart skills in digital technology in CAD; develop knowledge and understanding of pattern making skills and sewing techniques; and develop entrepreneurship and communication skills.

The program will cater the needs of those who aspire to make their careers as assistants designers in the retail or export sectors or want to become entrepreneurs, or would like to update their existing knowledge and specifically in pattern making and sewing.


Educational Qualifications:

  • The candidates need to possess a Higher Secondary (10+2) pass certificate
  • The medium of Instruction: English
  • Duration: Minimum 6 Months and Maximum 2 years

The IGNOU was set up an Act of Parliament in 1985, has continuously striven to build an inclusive knowledge society through inclusive education. It has tried to increase the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) by offering high-quality teaching through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.

The University began by offering two academic programmes in 1987, i.e., Diploma in Management and Diploma in Distance Education, with the strength of 4,528 students. Today, it serves the educational aspirations of over 3 million students in India and other countries through 21 Schools of Studies and a network of 67 regional centres, around 2,667 learner support centres and 29 overseas partner institutions. The University offers about 228 certificate, diploma, degree and doctoral programs, with a strength of nearly 810 faculty members and 574 academic staff at the headquarters and regional centres and about 33,212 academic counsellors from conventional institutions of higher learning, professional organisations, and industry among others.

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