Calcutta, Sept. 21: Bengal’s first Indian Institute of Handloom Technology (IIHT) will be set up at Nadia’s Fulia.
Classes will begin in July next year. Handloom technicians will be given training to make the sector more competitive.
Announcing the decision to set up the IIHT on the closing day of Synergy MSME 2013, micro, small and medium enterprises and textiles secretary Rajiv Sinha said the institute would run three-year diploma courses on handloom and textile technology.
“The course is devised to provide technical human resource to cater to the needs of the industry in disciplines such as weaving, processing, designing, quality control, marketing, exports and production,” he said.
The government has been stressing on the need for an IIHT in Bengal, where five lakh families are employed in the sector.