Speaking with a number of Indian institutions on Saturday, November 12, Union Minister Piyush Goyal suggested that all of the campuses of the institutes under the Commerce and Textiles Ministries serve as start-up incubators and look for ways to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the nation.
The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), National Institute of Design (NID), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), and Footwear Design and Development Institute were among the Indian institutes where the Union Minister could be seen mingling with their heads and senior faculty (FDDI). The minister added that these institutions should boost the number of students they admit.
Similarly, he suggested thinking about having shared campuses for better resource use and considered merging bodies to enhance them. "In addition, the minister asked colleges to seek for potential GI (Geographical Indications) items and to foster and develop them whenever possible. Up to 2,000 GI items could be produced in India". He also recommended updating campuses, facilities, testing facilities, and technologies to ensure they are of the finest quality.