IICT – Indian Institute of Carpet Technology
The Indian Institute of Carpet Technology, popularly known as IICT, is the only of its kind in Asia and has been set up by the ministry of textiles, the government of India to provide allied support to textile, carpet, and allied industries. Carpet technology has been defined as a field requiring the combined skills of art and science. It involves developing carpets, rugs, and other such items by using modern equipment, for better production and profits.
The institute, affiliated to U.P. Technical University, Lucknow, started functioning from 2001.
The A.I.C.T.E.-approved institute is also a member of the Indian Society for Technical Education and Confederation of Indian Industry and recognized by Textile Institute, Manchester, UK.
The main thrust areas of IICT
- Human resource development
- Design creation and development
- Research and development
- Technical support services to the industry
IICT is equipped with the latest machines, plants, looms and other infrastructure for running the courses.
IICT is located in Bhadohi, 45km from Varanasi, and 75km from Allahabad. The campus is about 4km from Bhadohi Railway Station on the outskirts of Bhadohi town on Varanasi-Bhadohi Main Road. It’s a beautiful pollution-free campus, providing a peaceful atmosphere for studies and research.
Course and fees
IICT Bhadohi offers four-month short-term courses under four disciplines in the field of carpet technology. Candidates must have passed class 10 with mathematics as a compulsory subject. Admissions to these courses are based on a first come first serve basis. Admissions are conducted thrice a year, August to November, December to March, and April to July session. The fees vary according to the various courses that an individual chooses, and there is a variation of fees every year.
Camus and Facilities
The campus is spread over 10 acres of land, comprising a state of the art administrative building with space for classrooms, laboratories, a computer lab with its own V-SAT facility, conference hall, library, design studio, museum, and workshop. The campus is equipped with facilities like residential accommodation for employees, open-air theatre for performing cultural activities, open space for games, water supply, and generator system with 24 hours’ backup. The faculty members are majorly from West Bengal and are highly qualified. They take a keen interest in solving problems related to studies as well as personal development. The faculty members take surprise tests which make students prepared with the course all the time.
Internships and Placements
Many companies visit the campus such as Raymond, Welscun, Jaipur Rugs, and many local companies as well. The highest placement offered was 5.2 lakhs and the minimum was 1.6 lakhs per annum. Seventy percent of the batch is generally placed, and slowly it is expected that the entire batch will get placed. Almost 100% of the students get internships from college. The highest stipend offered was Rs 10,000 per month and the lowest stipend offered was Rs 5,000 per month. A placement cell is available in the college.
The market for carpet is limited in India. In fact, Bhadohi, which is the largest hand-knotted carpet industry hub in South Asia, exports most of the carpets. There is a dire need to revive the carpet technology used in looms in India (which is obsolete). Most looms are of out-dated technology because the carpet industry is still dominated by MSMEs, which do not have enough capital to adopt new technologies. Hence, India is losing its textile sector to countries like Bangladesh.