Design and Technology Upgradation for handicraft artisans


Ministry Of Textiles


The scheme provides design & technology related inputs including skill upgradation to the handicraft artisans to improve their productivity, quality and better the marketability of their products.

The scheme has the components of:

  • Craft awareness programme
  • Financial assistance for supply of tools, safety equipments, etc.
  • Design and technology development workshop
  • Integrated design and technology development project
  • Shilp Guru award, National award & National merit certificate for outstanding contribution in handicrafts sector
  • Assistance to exporter and entrepreneur for design prototype
  • Commercial market intelligence by way of design, trend and technical colour forecast

Sponsored By

Central Government of India


  • Provide adequate support to the sponsored institutions
  • Upgrade artisans through design and technology interventions in order to develop new designs and prototypes
  • Give practising craftsmen exposure to developments taking place in the field of design & technology
  • Make available market intelligence, management of skills, packaging supply of improved tools and equipment
  • Give recognition to master crafts-persons for their outstanding contribution to the handicrafts sector and to encourage them to preserve the crafts tradition and maintain excellence
  • Create awareness about rich crafts tradition amongst the general public


Eligible organisations include Central and State Handicrafts Corporations, other institutions and organisations under central and state governments, COHANDS, NGOs and apex cooperative societies



Craft awareness programme:

  1. Assistance up to Rs.1 lakh sanctioned per activity which cover TA & wage compensation/stipend for participants, faculty charges, transport charges for visiting faculty, course materials, cost of raw material, freight, etc.
  2. Assistance shall be in the form of 100% grant-in-aid by the office of the DC (H) Financial assistance for supply of tools, safety equipment, etc., subjects to a maximum of Rs.10,000 per kit per person depending on the craft practised in the form of 100% grant-in-aid by the office of the DC (H)

Design and technology development workshop:

The total financial ceiling is Rs.3 lakh.

Assistance shall be in the form of 100% grant-in-aid by the Office of DC (H).

How To Apply

A Udyami Helpline: Dial 1800-180-6763 [Toll Free Number] for queries relating to this Schemes.

Contact to the office of the DC (HC) Regional Director Or

Contact to Asstt. Director





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