He also said that these institutes now have the "autonomy to design" their courses as per the requirements of the industry and award own degrees to the students.
The institutes can also independently develop and conduct courses for graduate and post graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral levels and also for research in the areas of footwear and leather products design and development and allied fields.
Currently, it is imparting skill-based graduate and post graduate courses in the fields of footwear, leather goods, retail and management to around 2,500 students across eight campuses spread across India.
The controversy with regard to the institute dates back to 2015, when the UGC, in September 2014, raised questions against the MoU between FDDI and Mewar University for grant of degree to FDDI students registered for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 in light of the AICTEs non-recognition of these degrees.
He said the government is giving special focus to this sector as it employs about 4.42 million people.
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