About CFTI

The Central Footwear Training Institute

(formerly CFTC), Chennai the premierInstitute 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
  •   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.

The main objectives of the Institute are :

  •   "2 Year Diploma in Footwear Manufacture & Design" for 10th +2 candidates based on the syllabus of Textile Institute and
           the Diploma is awarded jointly by Textile Institute, London and the Director, Central Footwear Training Institute, Chennai.
  •   1 Year Post Graduate Diploma in Footwear Technology for Graduates of any discipline.
  •   1 Year Post Diploma in Footwear Technology for Diploma holders of any discipline.
  •   1 Year Certificate Course in Footwear Technology for 10th pass/fail candidates.
  • The candidates passing out of this Institution are well accepted by the industry. Even recruitment is carried out by major footwear companies. The institute is also offering job work facilities to the Small-Scale sector who do not have sophisticated infrasturucture. The Institute is also conducting various short-term Training courses as per the requirement of Footwear Manufacturing Industries.

How to reach

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