New avenues for innovation and entrepreneurship in handicrafts
The Craft Development Institute (CDI) adopts a holistic approach to handicrafts development by maximizing the potential of skill-based activities, in as many ways as possible. Located in Srinagar, CDI draws inspiration from the rich heritage of arts and crafts in Jammu & Kashmir and brings together various stakeholders, individuals and agencies working in the sector to co-partner in implementing a sustainable development process. By providing a forum for creative exchange and knowledge creation across design, management and technology, CDI endeavours to create new avenues for innovation and entrepreneurship in handicrafts.
 
An integrated approach to learning, skill enhancement, training and support
required for the revival of
the handicrafts sector.
CDI offers full-fledged professional educational programmes for young people who seek careers/entrepreneurial opportunities in the handicrafts sector. The Institute also co-participates in mentoring new generation artisans through skill-based training and workshops. Additionally, CDI helps regional crafts people to adopt mainstream requirements of quality and production while also assisting them to meaningfully translate contemporary design/market trends, and issues of standards, certifications and compliances. 
An autonomous
development Institute established in 2004.
CDI, Srinagar is an autonomous Institute established by the office of DC-Handicrafts, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India and the Department of Industries & Commerce (Directorate of Handicrafts), Government of Jammu & Kashmir. Established in February 2004, CDI is managed by an Executive Committee headed by the Principal Secretary (Industries & Commerce), Government of Jammu & Kashmir. 

 
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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CHAIRPERSON
Ex-Officio Principal Secretary/Commissioner to the Govt., Industries & Commerce Dept., Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir
EXECUTIVE CHAIRPERSON
Ex-Officio Development Commissioner-(Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India
EXECUTIVE VICE CHAIRPERSON
Ex-Officio Director Handicrafts, Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir
EXECUTIVE VICE CHAIRPERSON
Ex-Officio Additional Development Commissioner-(Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India
MEMBER-FINANCE
Ex-Officio Additional Secretary, Finance Dept., Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir
MEMBER-PLANNING
Ex-Officio Additional Secretary, Planning Dept., Govt. of Jammu & Kashmir
MEMBER
Ex-Officio Executive Director, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
MEMBER
Ex-Officio Director, Indian Institute of Carpet Technology, Bhadhoi
MEMBER
Ex-Officio Chairperson, Export Promotion Council of Handicrafts
MEMBER
Ex-Officio Managing Director, J&K Handicrafts (Sales & Exports) Corporation, Srinagar
MEMBER
Ex-Officio President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry
MEMBER SECRETARY
Ex-Officio Director, Craft Development Institute, Srinagar