Industry Institute Interface by Denim Club
The curriculum being taught at most of the educational institutes and the skill-set required by industry do not match, and there exists a gap between what is available and what is required. This is the result of minimal or almost non-existent interaction between industry executives and students / faculty of professional courses. The students remain unaware of employer expectations and industry needs and the employers find the fresh incumbents lacking in various ways. A productive interface between industry and academia, in the current era of knowledge driven economy, is a critical requirement. The Industry Institute Interface is all about knowledge sharing, knowledge transfer and transfer of experience and technology, by way of bridging the industry and institutes through the Denim Club platform.
Industry Institute Interface
The Denim Club I3 Plan is all about identifying and nurturing talent and creating a repository of professionals who can serve the denim industry in the times to come.
The Denim Club draws its strength for the I3 Plan from its extensive network of professionals and decision makers associated with the varied segments of the denim value chain, like, denim mills, denim garmenting companies, buying and trading houses, technology and machinery vendors, retailers, and so on.
The I3 Plan by DCI bridges the Industry and Institutes - enabling students and faculty of textile, apparel, fashion, and design streams to get opportunities to learn from, and be guided directly by, the seasoned technicians and professionals - in a systematic and organized way, in the specific context of denim fabric and denim garments.
Denim Club India facilitates the interaction between institutes and industry, making it possible for the industry to identify and nurture talent, and for the institutes to build up long-term relationships with industrial and business houses.
Roadmap for Institutes
There is a strong need to have continuous exchange of knowledge and information between the Industry and institutes in order to improve the faculty's understanding of the specific needs of industry, and to appraise the industry executives with the work and potential of students, so as to enhance the employability of professionals, and to minimize the problems faced by the industry in absorbing these professionals.
The I3 Plan by DCI is an attempt to bring together the Industry and Institutes - with the objective of enabling students of textile, apparel, fashion, and design streams to get opportunities to work directly with the industry - guided by seasoned technicians and professionals - in a systematic and organized way, in the specific context of denim fabric and denim garments.
Under the I3 Plan, Denim Club India shall, on one hand, interface with the faculty members of reputed textile, apparel, fashion and retail institutes, and develop a library of minor and major projects based on the curriculum in place. On the other hand, Denim Club India would interact with the industry executives and decision makers and identify the possible areas in which the fresh and innovative thought-process and ideas of the young professionals-in-making students can be utilized.
Roadmap for Students
The ideal roadmap for students would be to start with a summer internship and subsequently carry out their minor as well as major projects in continuation of the work done in the initial stages, which would give the students a clearly defined and focused line for carrying out the research related work.