Have you ever wondered why your favourite cotton kurti feels ultra soft? Or how the block printed motifs on your sari are dyed in such vibrant blues and greens? If so, you would be the ideal candidate to join the ISDS (Integrated Skill Development Scheme) offered by the Textiles Committee, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

“This intensive two-month course covers all salient details about textiles from fibre to fabric. Meant for professionals as well as people interested in learning more about fabrics, the main objective of ISDS is to bridge the gap between theory and hands-on training. Usually, this level of knowledge is acquired only after 10 years of experience in the textile industry,” says B. Balamurugan, Member-Secretary, Textiles Committee. “ISDS also aims at providing the industry with multi-faceted professionals having skills in various aspects of the textile business and equipping textile professionals with a thorough understanding of the multi-faceted aspects of the industry.”

Core areas deal with orientation to textiles and textile processes, textile testing and quality appraisal, application of Total Quality Management (TQM) techniques, productivity and work study, industrial laws applicable to textiles, export documentation and compliances. The course is structured around 24 modules that include fibre analysis, identification of fabrics and blends, colour management, identification of class of dyes, ecological testing, principles of accountancy, financial analysis, legal aspects and general merchandising.

“This dynamic initiative of the Textiles Committee is backed by state-of-the art in-house lab facilities. With the highest levels of quality testing done right here, participants benefit immensely,” explains Mr. Balamurugan. With just 30 trainees in each batch, individual attention is guaranteed and till date every batch has seen full participation. Eminent textile professionals and successful entrepreneurs deliver guest lectures, sharing their expertise. All this makes for highly rewarding interactive sessions and group discussions. Evaluation is based on weekly internal examinations and a final online external examination.


The candidate must be a degree or diploma holder above 18 years. The subsidised course fee is Rs. 2,758. Industries can sponsor their candidates, both existing and new employees and buying houses may sponsor merchandisers. Similarly textiles institutes offering degree and diploma courses can view this as an internship for final-year students.

On course completion, successful trainees are awarded a ‘Textile Committee Certified Quality Professional' certificate. “As we have an MoU with textile trade associations, placement is usually assured, with some trainees being selected even before the course ends. Under the web-based management information system (MIS), a database of successful trainees is maintained to ensure employment opportunities,” adds S. Ulaganathan, Director, Textiles Committee, Chennai.

Every year, three batches of 30 students each are trained at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Kanpur, Karur, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mumbai, New Delhi and Tirupur. Admissions are open in May, September and December for the June-July, October-November and January-February batches respectively. Classes are held five days a week from 10 a.m. to 5.30 pm.

For further details, contact 04424610887/5901or e-mail rotcchennai@gmail.com and