Enhance communications, aesthetics and creativity to be relevant in textile industry
Monday, April 1, 2019
Lack of soft skills and emphatic design thinking are restricting job seekers in Indian textile industry, writes Jagriti Kumari
With a growing shortage of talent in the textile industry in India, the time has come to tweak the education curriculum to make the future workforce industry ready.
Textile engineers are getting into the labour-intensive textile industry as online platform managers, technical support manpower in IT, production management to create products, however, this is not sufficient looking at the increasing challenges of AI and other technological advancements. “Industry needs to connect with the education institute to bridge the gap. A major portion of the curriculum should be based on hands-on training,” says Lokesh Parashar, president, Federation of Buying Agents (FBA).
Indian textile industry has the potential to create as many as five million jobs, however, lack of focus on skill development has increased the gap between education and the industry. Newcomers need skills such as communication, design thinking, problem-solving abilities and creativity. “Besides, one must develop the expertise to manage the business, logistics and handle the labour working in the factories, ” says Parashar. “Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) operating in the textile sector are yet to undergo a digital transformation for production management or operations,” said Parashar.
Adoption of technology by the industry is the need of the hour, but its use continues to be limited. “AI and robotics will definitely change the way the textile industry currently operates. However, the challenge is how AI and robotics will add value to the industry. Some out-of-box solutions such as app-based production management can be a good example of how AI can play a role,” says Parashar.