About CFTI

The Central Footwear Training Institute (formerly CFTC), Chennai The Premier Institute of its kind in the country, came into being in July, 1957, with the assistance of Ford Foundation. The erstwhile CFTC was conducting 18 months "Advanced Footwear Technology Course" and Practical oriented need based short - term courses. The CFTC has trained about 6000 candidates, which includes 154 foreign nationals from countries like Nigeria, Mauritius, Philippines, Figi, Tibet, Guyana. Uganda, Zambia Hungary, Srilanka etc.

The Departmentally run Central Footwear Training Centre was converted into an autonomous Institution (Government of India, under the Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises, Govt. of India) w.e.f. 1.14.1996 for better functional autonomy and was renamed as "Central Footwear Training Institute" Chennai, (CFTI, Chennai). The Institute is modernised with UNDP assistance under the National Leather Development Programme and is fully equipped with state-of-the art machinery to impart training in the modern methods of Footwear manufacturing.

The main objectives of the Institute are :

  •   To train personnel in Footwear Technology as per the requirements of the trade and industry.
  •   To provide training and research facility to trainers and technologists in the Footwear and allied industry with a view to upgrade their
          skills.
  •   To train Footwear Designers.
  •   To train personnel in maintenance of Footwear Machinery.
  •   To design and develop moulds and dies for the Footwear Industry.
  •   To introduce modern technology in footwear design.
  •   To assist and promote technology upgradation in Footwear Industry.
  •   To develop products and design with a view to secure advantages in export production.
  •  To undertake testing and assessment of Footwear and its materials.
  •   To promote acquisition of international standards in the industry.
  •   To foster appropriate linkages between Central Footwear Training Institute and Industry for utilization of existing capacity and their
          upgradation and to undertake consultancy services for development of Footwear Industry.
  •   To establish linkages with educational, research and development institutions in India and abroad, and to collaborate with them in
          training, research and development.
  •   To organize data bases and information dissemination on Footwear Technology, Export marketing etc., and to establish suitable
          Library and Resource Centre for trainees and industry.

How to reach

Central Footwear Training Institute,
65/1, GST Road, Guindy,
Chennai 600032
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