A craft is a pastime or a profession that requires some particular kind of skilled work. In a historical sense, particularly as pertinent to the Middle Ages and earlier, the term is usually applied to people occupied in small-scale production of goods, or their maintenance, for example by tinkers. The traditional terms craftsman and craftswoman are nowadays often replaced by artisan and rarely by craftsperson (craftspeople).
For the very first time, of its kind initiative the Kashmir University has launched a Master’s programme, a university recognized professional course, to develop human resources for the craft sector in the state. The Masters in Craft Management and Entrepreneurship (MCME) programme was launched yesterday by Commissioner Secretary Industries and commerce, Shantmanu, at a function at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC). The programme has been envisioned by the Craft Development Institute (CDI) Srinagar and recognized by the University of Kashmir.
Shantmanu expressed, “hope that the MCME programme would prove most rewarding and provide career opportunities to the graduates as trained craft entrepreneurs, managers, merchandisers and trainers (resources persons), in private as well as Government sectors. HE also encouraged students of the first batch to become entrepreneurs after completing the degree. Director CDI MS Farooqi said “MCME is an effort to create a motivated and professionally trained human resource for overall development of the craft sector. Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Management Professor Shabir Ahmad Bhat said “MCME is a degree as good as other MBA programmes and University of Kashmir is committed to provide all logistic support to the MBA students of the CDI”. AG Rao of IIT Bombay, Director Handicrafts Muzaffar Hussain and a large number of people associated with the craft sector were also present on the occasion.