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Why One Should Open a Handicraft School in Chandigarh?

Government schemes to help MSMEs is also a move to convert the handicraft business to a profit earning sector. Read on...

By Senior Sub-editor
Why One Should Open a Handicraft School in Chandigarh?

Since Chandigarh is the connecting city for all the four states, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana along with other neighboring cities, it is the best place to start a handicraft school. All these states are known for their art and cultural variations, which carry unique and culturally rich heritage of their own, so the esteemed artists can not only teach fashion, art, and designs but also can spread the culture across demographics, especially the ones which are on the verge of dying.

Opportunity for artists and fashion students

Local artists of any particular state often do not get the chance to showcase their culture, when India is known for its varied culture. These local artists do not get paid enough for their hard work; they put in developing the art pieces, which is why they take up other temporary jobs to meet their daily needs. Due to the lack of encouragement from the monetary side, they even send their children to do other jobs rather than learning the handicrafts.

Opening a handicraft school will provide an opportunity for the artists to share their skills while earning a monthly income as well as spreading their culture. However the fashion students also seek a platform where they can exchange ideas, thoughts and designs, so even the students will get a learning platform. Opening a handicraft school thus is very demanding in cities, which connect other cultures together, making it one of the profitable education businesses.

Government Schemes to help MSMEs

The government of India is also pushing the travel and tourism sectors to help provide a scope of growth for the artists and handicraft MSMEs. So, one who opens a handicraft school will get support and financial help from the government as well.

Recently the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval to the proposal of the Department of Commerce for including merchant exporters under the Interest Equalisation Scheme (IES) for pre and post-shipment rupee export credit by allowing them interest equalisation rate of 3 per cent on such credit for export of products covered under 416 tariff lines identified under the scheme.

These products are largely in the MSME and labor-intensive sectors such as Agriculture, Textiles, Leather, Handicraft and machinery. The proposal will entail benefits of around Rs 600 crore to exporters on interest equalisation, for the remaining period of the scheme. The inclusion of merchant exporters in the scheme is expected to make them more competitive, encouraging them to exports more products manufactured by MSMEs adding to country's exports.

Government schemes to help MSMEs is also a move to convert the handicraft business to a profit earning sector. This also backs that opening a handicraft school in Chandigarh can be fruitful.

The success of Tribal Crafts Mela

Chandigarh annually organizes Tribal Crafts Mela and encourages artists to come and showcase their piece of artwork, which witnesses artists participating from states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. An equally enthusiastic audience also comes together to make these shows a hit, which in a way shows that the city has a good amount of population, who have an inclination towards the arts and culture of various states. This is one of the most important reasons why opening a handicraft school in Chandigarh can be profitable.

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Sourav verma : 19, Jan 2019 at 11:55 PM
How too start
Rekha : 22, Jan 2019 at 05:22 PM
Hello, I am an Architect cum Interior Designer from Dubai, currently in India to extending the Business, I would like to introduce Art and Craft section in my premises, could you please assist me for it. Awaiting your precious reply, Thanks
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