MoT - Vandemataram

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VandeMataram-A Salute to our Mother Earth

VandeMataram is an ALEAP initiative in association with the Ministry of Textiles under the integrated skill development scheme for the textiles and apparel sector

Project Objective:

Through the VandeMataram program, ALEAP aims to provide self-sustainability to under-educated women and dropouts, mostly in rural and semi-urban areas, by training them in skill development programs in the textile and apparel sectors (which includes Jute and Handicrafts). This program providesemployment or self-employment to the under-educated womenas well as boosts small-scale industries, which contribute to almost 40% of the gross industrial value of our economy.


  • To train women to enhance their skill set in textile and allied fields and address the workforce shortage issue of those industries.
  • Encourage them to be a part of the country's economic development and support the "Make In India"call by our beloved Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.


As the Implementation Agency of Govt of India, the Ministry of Textiles ALEAP is training 40,500 women in 3 years across 3 States, namely, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka, in Garments, Jute and Handicrafts.


Why Vandemataram Project:

  • 7% female literacy rate in India ( Despite high literacy than their male counterparts,women in India, especially in rural and semi-urban areas, find it hard to find employment.
  • A decline in women's employment rate from 18% to 16% between 2009 and 2012, 90 Lakh rural women lost jobs whereas 35 lakh urban women were added to the workforce: This is due to a lack of employable skills in women residing in rural and semi-urban areas.
  • Focus on rural women's employment and address gender bias issues in wages
  • To address the trained workforce needs of the textiles industry and related segments, including Handicrafts, Handlooms, Seri culture, Jute, and Technical Textiles, by developing a cohesive and integrated framework of training based on the industry needs.
  • To increase the employability of residents of the target areas by imparting skills in the textiles industry and related segments.
  • To provide equal opportunity to improve women's participation in entrepreneurship development.
  • The Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) was launched to build the capabilities of those institutions that currently provide training and skill development programs in the textile and apparel sectors (including Jute and Handicrafts).

The Indian Textiles Industry contributes about 14 percent to industrial production, 4 percent to the GDP, and 17 percent to the country's export earnings. The Textiles sector provides direct employment to over 35 million people in India, holding the position of the second largest provider of employment after agriculture. Thus, this industry's growth and all-around development directly affect the nation's economic strength.


All facets of skill development arecovered under our training programs, including basic training, skill up-gradation, advanced training in emerging technologies, training of trainers, orientation towards modern technology, retraining, managerial skills, and entrepreneurship development.

The training program is designed based on industry demand in different segments. The emphasis will be on measurable outcomes, ensuring that all successful trainees are certified.


The project aims to train 40,500 candidates in 3 years across all the three sectors mentioned. Each course is for 2 months, and nearly 25 candidates will be trained in each batch.

Placements or self-employment opportunities will be provided to each candidate once she completes the opted courseand receives a certificate. The progress of each candidate, both before and after training, will be tracked and monitored periodically.

Ministry of Textiles :

Current Events

ALEAP conducted a ZED program whose objective was to improve the manufacturing quality of MSMEs, enhance their productivity and reduce the negative impact on the environment.
The ZED Certification envisages the promotion of Zero Defect Zero Effect (ZED) practices among MSMEs so as to:
  • Encourage and enable MSMEs for manufacturing quality products using the latest technology, and tools & to constantly upgrade their processes for the achievement of high quality and high productivity with the least effect on the environment
  • Develop an Ecosystem for ZED Manufacturing in MSMEs, for enhancing competitiveness and enabling exports
  • Promote the adoption of ZED practices and recognize the efforts of successful MSMEs
  • Encourage MSMEs to achieve higher ZED Certification levels through graded incentives
  • Increase public awareness of demanding Zero Defect and Zero Effect products through the MSME Sustainable (ZED) Certification
  • Identify areas to improve upon, thereby assisting the Government in policy decisions and investment prioritization

Visit of Shri Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, the Hon´┐Żble Minister of State, MSME, GoI
Dr. S. Glory Swarupa, Director General, National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NI MSME)
Mr. Shashi Ranjan Verma, Deputy Director, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to Atal Incubation Center (We-Hub); Center for Entrepreneurship Development at ALEAP and Launch of Innovative products of start-ups promoted by AIC ALEAP We-Hub