Sri T.V. Mohandas Pai , Chairman, Aarin Capital and Manipal Global Education
The book is a persuasive call to rediscover the innate skills germane to our people and to reorient the skill development in the Country on a sustainable track.
Sri Ajit Seth, Former Cabinet Secretary Government of India
Dr. Koshy’s new book is a convincing advocacy of the concept of Re-skilling, Up- Skiiling, New skilling, ‘RUN’ as Dr. Darlie Koshy calls it, and the way it has been presented and argued has not been done before.
Dr. Subroto Bagchi is the Chairman of Odisha Skill Development Authority
I wanted to tell you that I love every sentence of the book. A must read for everyone in the Skill World! I would in fact buy multiple copies of the book and advise our people and officials to read the book; I look forward to using some of their ideas to develop the vision for ‘Skilled from Odisha’ in the next decade in our pursuit to make the State a sandbox for innovation.
Sri V. Srinivas, IAS, Additional Secretary, Dept. of Administrative Reforms
The Hub and Spoke model Dr.Koshy had innovated for the implementation of the Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) program implementation had created a roadmap for many states to follow for skill development as also for generating keen interest in many neighbouring countries.
Sri Rahul Mehta, Chief Mentor, CMAI
An outstanding book with a call for Sustainable Skill Development Models.
Sri K. Narayan, Managing Director, (NATIONAL BACKWARD CLASSES FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION)
A meticulous effort by Dr Koshy with a clear vision for “catching them young” at school level to start the skill development journey and for skilling our women and nurturing entrepreneurial skills as part of our skill development strategies.
Ms. Veena Swarup, Former Director HR, Engineers India Limited
An excellent book, easy for everyone to understand and implement. Conveys beautifully that clusters with heritage & traditional skills can create several times more livelihoods and hence a sustainable rural economy.
Ms. Pritha Dutt, Co-Founder and Director, Empower Pragati
Read the book twice; succinct and action oriented with a focused approach offering an interventionist strategy for a successful road map for skill development.
Dr. Sabeena Mathayas, Technical Consultant at National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC)
RUNway to skilled India emphasizes the value of learner-centric pedagogy and the need for a synergistic ecosystem of higher and vocational education. Also support the vision of combining Creativity with skills for India’s skill development efforts.
Dr. Koshy, Dr KOSHY, CEO & MD ATDC. India. An author of 3 major books including the “Indian Design Edge” published by Roli Books is also an internationally acclaimed Presenter and powerful Orator.
Next in the series is a book titled “RUNWAY TO SKILLED INDIA” in the context of the emerging challenges and opportunities in the Skill Eco-system.
Book is preciously is aiming at telescoping the message of ‘Re-skilling, Up-skilling and New Skilling’ (R.U.N. for success) to a wider audience.
DR. DARLIE O. KOSHY
Dr. (Prof.) Darlie O. Koshy is a visionary Educationist, persuasive administrator, International Speaker and noted author with an experience spanning 43 years out of which 33 years have been with NIFT, NID, IAM and ATDC (of AEPC). He is well known for transforming several educational institutions which include on top of the list National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad where he had served as the Director and Governing Council Member for two terms of office (2000-2009) Dr. Koshy is credited with the formulation of National Design Policy which was approved by Govt. of India in Feb, 2007 and to quote Anand Mahindra, Chairman of NID Governing Council and Vice-Chairman & MD, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. “(Dr. Koshy) have played a key role in initiating, drafting and formulating India’s Design Policy”. Dr. Darlie Koshy holds PhD from IIT (Delhi) and MBA from School of Management Studies (CUSAT) having undergone long-term Faculty Development Programme at Fashion Institute of Technology ( FIT), (State University, New York), USA before joining NIFT as the Founding Chairperson of Fashion Management, New Delhi.
Dr. Darlie Koshy as the DG & CEO of the Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC under the aegis of AEPC) since 2009 have set up over 200 directly-run ATDC-AVI & ATDC-SMART centres across India in 24 States training over 3,00,000 Candidates by Imparting Skills and Improving their Lives.
Dr. Koshy is an acclaimed Higher & Vocational Education Strategist and Thought Leader in the areas of Textile-Fashion-Retail Industries, Design & Design Management and Skill Development areas. Dr. Koshy has been serving as a member of the Executive Committee of Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) as a Permanent Invitee for over a decade since 2009. He has also served as the Chairman of Curricula Committees of AICTE and NCVT-DG&ET for Textile-Apparel Trades (2012-14), Chairman of Mentor Council of DGE&T (2013-15), Board Member of AMH-SSC (2013-18) and has been working closely with the FICCI Skill Development Committee since 2012. He has also been serving on the FICCI’s Jury for Higher-Education Awards consecutively Since 2016. Earlier, he had served as a Director on the Board of Cottage Industries Corporation of India, Governing Council Member of Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) NOIDA, (2000-2008), Pt. Dwarka Prasad Mishra Indian Institute of Information Technology Design & Manufacturing, Jabalpur (2005-2008), Governing Council Member of National Council of Science Museums (2005-2009). Director on the Board of Management of FDCI (2003-2004) and on the Advisory Board of Lakme-IMG Fashion Week (2006-2018) etc. During his tenure with National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) he has served on various high level policy formulation committees for the Ministry of Textiles, headed by Sri Ajit Seth, Sri B.K. Zutshi, and Sri Satyam over the years between 1990-2000.
The International recognitions and awards conferred on Dr. Darlie Koshy include:-
‘Ordine Della Stella Della Solidarietà Italiana’, the Star of Italian Solidarity, one of the highest civilian awards of the Government of Italy (Sept, 2008) conferred by His Excellency, the President of Italy.
Premio II Ponte 2008: International Award & Citation, 2008 by the Fondazione Europea Guido Venosta for contribution to Design for development and Quality of Life.
International Holden Medal Award of Textile Institute Manchester, UK’ (2016), (2nd Indian to have received the award),
"Outstanding Contribution to Education Award (2015)" for Knowledge, Skill Development and Leadership for the Upliftment of the Society by World Education Council (WEC).
The National recognitions and awards conferred on Dr. Darlie Koshy include :
‘IIT Delhi Alumni Award’ for contribution to “National Development (2008)”.
Hon. Fellowship of the Textile Association (India) in recognition of contribution to the Textile Industry (2008)
‘Path Breaker Award’ for the year 2014 by OGTC, a leading Apparel Association.
CIMA Award for outstanding contribution to Education at the World Education Congress (2015)
Indian Achievers Award for Education Excellence (2018).
APJ Abdul Kalam Award at the 46th National Summit of National Achievers’ Forum (2018).
Dr. Darlie Koshy is a widely regarded International Speaker and has made over 100 Presentations in Germany, Venice, San Francisco, Essen, Berlin (West Germany) Pretoria (South Africa), Santiago (Chile), Colombo (Sri Lanka) in various International Conferences as well as in India in at several National Conferences on Fashion & Apparel, Textiles, Fashion, Design and Skill Development etc.
His acclaimed tomes include Effective Export Marketing of Apparel to the US, EU and Japan (Global Press 1994), ‘Garment Exports Winning Strategies’ (Prentice Hall 1997), ‘Indian Design Edge’ (Roli Books 2008), ‘Not by Design – Lockdown Diary’ (Amazon-Kindle 2020), ‘RUNway to Skilled India’ (DFU-2021) etc. He has also a short story collection in Malayalam (Don Books-2020) to his credit.
Dr. Darlie Koshy is married to Roshini Darlie and have one son, Arun Darlie Koshy (an Information Security Professional at San Jose, USA) married to Dr. Estelle with two children and a Daughter, Alika Darlie Koshy (a Digital Marketing Professional in Bengaluru) married to Johny Raju, an IT Marketing Professional.
(For details ref. Website: www.darliekoshy.com)
The most important ‘Asset’ for any country are its people. We live in a society in communities and our actions and rewards, as individuals depend upon our education and skills. Both are intertwined as skills provide us the ability to work with our hands and faculties and education the knowledge to understand how things work and it’s linkages with other fields of activity. The true wealth of a nation are its productive skilled and educated people.
Preface:- When the National Skill Development Policies of 2009 and 2014 came about Dr. Koshy has continued to play a significant role in skill development efforts for the Textile Apparel Industries which is also the single largest employment generator after agriculture, especially for the women in rural hinterlands and youth of urban clusters.
Being an innovator and creator of the new Skilling systems through active engagement with NSDC NSDA. MSD&E and various State Skill Missions and National Apex Agencies across the Country, his story of transformation and view on what India needs to do in the era of Industry 40 and thrust on Be Vocal about Local post the COVID-19 lockdown would be very useful for the stakeholders especially the policy makers and the Stale and Central Government agencies as well as the youth of our country.
Skill Development in India is a moving target with over 500 million youth and around 17-18 million men and women aspiring to join the workforce every year. I have had a ring-side view of the skill development journey of our country, since the time the very first Skill Development Policy was announced by the Government of India in 2009
"The Skill Development efforts need to be more participatory and engaging with the youth so that the creative prowess is unleashed and that is precisely what can lead India to become an economic superpower, realizing the dreams of 500 million youth of India
"Deeper engagement with Indian youth on how they see the future and what they want to do as to how their goals are being made part of the skill agenda of our country is a relevant question. As of now, we are mostly concerned about the employers and their demand for employable youth We seem to be less concerned about what the aspirational youth in India are really looking for and how they would like to shape their own future, especially in the context of the emerging opportunities and the skin development efforts currently underway.
The impetus for skill development and vocational education in India is largely directed towards leveraging the demographic dividend. There is a widespread realization that without skilling and skill upgradation of the youth of the country, we cannot develop further and fulfil the aspirations of our youth. This book gives practical insights into how India can go about its skilling programs with the help of exemplary interventions from the Textile and Apparel sector. A ‘RUNWay’ that comprises Reskilling, Upskilling and New Skilling forms the core of the book, bringing to the fore, the need to revitalize our approach to skilling as a means to enhanced employability and economic development.