FTDC was founded in 1991 as a pioneering institute in the area of foreign trade by a core group of economists, academicians and corporate thinkers. As the trade policies followed by different countries had shrunk the world into a global village (and increasingly so today), thereby enhancing the demand for foreign trade professionals, FTDC was appropriately the right product at the right time.
From a modest beginning, FTDC has grown manifold over the last decade and a half - it now operates two centers in Delhi and Panipat with more than 25 eminent faculty members and training over 800 students every year. The institute has conducted over 575 seminars and training programmes both in India and abroad in international business alone as well as passed the proud milestone of 20,000 students in May 2009!
This rapid development has seen it establish a reputation as an institution which offers excellence in the field of export-import training, merchandising and retail management.
FTDC's main activities include educational training programmes in Export -Import Management, Merchandising, Retail Management, Export Marketing, and Export Development through a series of structured practical oriented programmes.
It offers 3 major programmes; Diploma in Export-Import Management, Diploma in Merchandising Management, and Diploma in Retail Management.
- The 4 month Diploma in Export-Import Management, a job oriented programme, intends to create managers and entrepreneurs with knowledge of export-import issues and the use of information technology to solve these. The course creates and builds new skills in the areas of international trade by integrating a sound theoretical understanding with a combination of case studies, on-the-job training and industry relevant projects.
- Diploma in Merchandising provides a highly focussed and vocationally oriented period of 6 months study. It covers a wide range of specialized knowledge and skills for students seeking a career in fashion buying, merchandising, marketing, vendor and inventory management. The programme aims at creating a resource of trained professionals to face challenges of new emerging trends in the fashion and retail industry.
- Diploma in Retail Management aims at developing trained professionals for meeting the increasing demand in the Indian retail sector. The course focuses on analyzing retail markets, understanding customer relationship management, retail store operations and retail merchandising/ buying. The 6 months programme imparts 5 months of class room training further complemented by a 1 month of corporate internship in leading retail organizations.
FTDC, as an effective trade promotion organization, provides consultancy on market development services, identifying new export opportunities, adapting products for sale abroad and promoting these goods in international markets.