In Coimbatore, a well-known textile manufacturing centre, the Central government’s Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) is well-received with several government agencies, private companies and industry associations training candidates under the scheme.

However, the norms on minimum education qualifications for the candidates are affecting the training, say industry sources here.

The scheme aims at training new recruits for the textile industry – from shop floor workers to auditors for the code of compliance and employing them in the industry. The minimum qualification for the workers is up to Class VII, school certificate and identity card. For testing and auditing programmes, the minimum qualification is undergraduate degree. In some cases, those with experience are accepted for training.

The government provides Rs. 7,500 subsidy for each candidate for a month-long training. With labour shortage in this region, the mills are employing workers from other States and districts. Many workers from Orissa, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are employed in the spinning, weaving and garment industries here. The minimum qualification and school certificate made it difficult to train these workers.

The norm on minimum education should be relaxed for some courses.

The Southern India Mills’ Association chairman S. Dinakaran has also appealed to the Union Ministry of Textiles to finalise the details for certification for the training offered by it so that it can expand the training. Since October last year, the association has tied up with textile mills and trained 288 candidates. It planned to train 1,500 this year. It has received Rs. 1.5 crore from the government for the training, he said.


  • Minimum qualification for workers is up to Class VII, school certificate and identity card

  • Many workers from Orissa, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal are employed in Coimbatore


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