Alagappa Institute of Skill Development

The Alagappa Institute of Skill Development (AISD) is a pioneering initiative of the Government of Tamil Nadu and Alagappa University among the Universities and other Higher Educational Institutions of our Country to discharge its social responsibilities and Community developments. It was transmuted as a permanent Department in May, 2015 from the previously known, Skill Development Centre (SDC). This AISD is offering skill based vocational courses/programmes for youth to take to employment in industrial sectors and self-employment.

To adhere to the vision of our founder, the great philanthropist and educationist Padmabushan VallalDr.RM. Alagappa Chettiar, the University formed several Centres to uplift the social and knowledge wealth of the rural based younger generation. The Skill Development Centre is one among them. It was established in April, 2013 to implement the objectives of the following vision statements and policies,

  • Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu’s ‘Vision 2023’ Document
  • National Policy on Skill Development, 2009 (revised in 2015)
  • National Occupational Standards (NOS)
  • National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF)
  • National Vocational Educational Qualification Framework (NVEQF)
  • UGC’s Guidelines for Curricular Aspects, Assessment Criteria and Credit System in Skill Based Vocational Courses.
Milestones of the University in Skill Education

Since the establishment of Alagappa University, it has been involving in carrying out the Skill Development activities. In 2006, the University started to offer several short-term and certificate training programmes through ‘Garment Training Unit’ with the financial support of NIFT-TEA. Since 2007, in association with IL&FS-CDI, New Delhi, the University has been offering one month placement linked Training programme/course in ‘Industrial Sewing Machine Operation’.

During 2009-2010, skill training was conducted to the Traditional Weavers with NABARD funding. With the financial assistance of the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI), Government of Tamil Nadu, the Centre has been conducting various ‘Entrepreneurship and Skill Training’ on Fashion Designing, Entrepreneurship Faculty Development programmes and Entrepreneurship Development for Entrepreneurs.

‘Entrepreneurship cum Skill Development Centre’ has been started in the University premises during 2011-2012.

Under the Skill Development Centre, Alagappa University-IL& FS Institute of Skills (AU-IIS), was established in October, 2013, as India’s first Skills Institute offering University recognized and NOS compliant placement linkedshort term High-end employable Technical training programmes and handhold support to start Income Generating Activities on various trades. The courses offered at AU-IIS are mapped to the NOS designed by the industry-led SSCs.

The UGC has sanctioned a grant of Rs. 1.85Cr to AIagappa Institute of Skill Development for starting the much demanded Vocational degree programme – Bachelor of Vocation (B.Voc) in a) Fashion Technology and b) Software Development. UGC has sanctioned the grant for a period of three years to start these Vocational B.Voc. Degree courses from the academic year 2014-2015.

The AISD recognized as Official Training Partner to NASSCOM for the courses in ‘Web Developer (NSQF Level-5)’ and ‘Software Developer (NSQF Level-7)’ from the academic year 2015-16.

Units of AISD

The AISD has the following three units to impart Skill Education to the youth to make them Industry ready:

  • Vocational Degree(M.Voc,B.Voc,PG Diploma,Certificate Courses
  • Alagappa University-IL& FS Institute of Skills (AU-IIS)
  • Garment Training Unit
  • Small Industries Services Unit (SISU)

These units are situated in two separate buildings of Alagappa University with the spread of 18,500 sq ft with machineries worth of 2.25Cr.


Dr. B. Dharmalingam is serving as the Director of AISD from its inception with more than 25 years of rich experience in academic, research, training and extension activities in the areas of Sociology, Women’s Studies and Rural Development. There are two Assistant Professors, two Teaching Assistants and two Laboratory Assistants handling the Fashion Technology and Software Development courses along with three more Teaching Assistants for handling language and general papers.

The AISD, within a short period of its establishment has climbed to great statures through its commendable Skill Development programmes. This is accomplished with the team work of competent and committed teaching and administrative staff with the ample support of University administration.

Contact Details:

Dr. B. Dharmalingam,
Professor & Advisor
Alagappa Institute of Skill Development,
Alagappa University,
Karaikudi – 630 003,
Tamil Nadu, India.

Phone No : 91-4565-223260
Mobile No : 91-944 3850902

Dr. C. Vethirajan,
Director (i/c)
Alagappa Institute of Skill Development,
Alagappa University,
Karaikudi – 630 003,
Tamil Nadu, India.

Phone No : 91-4565-224225
Mobile No : 91-94434 93474

S.No Photo Name Designation Profile
1 Dr. B.Dharmalingam Advisor
2 Dr. C. Vethirajan Director i/c
Programmes Offered
M.Voc. Degree programmes

The AISD conducting M.Voc. Degree (2-Years) Programmes in

  • M.Voc. Fashion Technology
  • M.Voc. Software Development
Post Graduate Diploma programmes
  • Fashion Designing
  • Big Data Analytics
B.Voc. Degree programmes

The AISD conducting UGC recognized B.Voc. under-graduate Degree (3-Years) Programmes in

  • B.Voc. Fashion Technology
  • B.Voc.Software Development

However, the Students can opt to leave:

  • At the end of first year with Post-Graduate Diploma
  • At the end of second year with a M.Voc. Degree
  • At the End of three years with a B.Voc. Degree

Award levels and Credit Framework for B.Voc. Degree Programmes:

Award Duration NSQF Level Skill Component Credits General Component Credits Total Credits
Diploma 1 Year 5 36 24 60
Advanced Diploma 2 Year 6 72 48 120
B.Voc. Degree 3 Year 7 108 72 180
Alagappa University-IL& FS Institute of Skills (AU-IIS)

In addition to the B.Voc. Courses, through AU-IIS, the AISD offers NOS compliant, employment linked

  • Short-term courses
  • Certificate courses
  • Diploma courses

across several sectors as follows,

Engineering sector

Diploma courses in

  • CNC machine operation
  • Electrician
  • Mechatronics

Certificate courses in

  • Arc & Advanced Welding
IT/ITeS Sector

Certificate courses in

  • 2D Animation
  • DTP operator
  • Web Designing
Apparel Sector

Certificate courses in

  • Fashion Designing
Healthcare Sector

Diploma courses in

  • Patient Care Assistant
Service Sector

Certificate courses in

  • Retail Sales Associate
Garment Training Unit

Certificate courses in

  • Sewing Machine Operator
  • Embroidery
Fee Structure for M.Voc. Degree Programmes (per Annum)
S.No M.Voc. Degree Programmes I year Fee
II year Fee
1. Fashion Technology 7200.00 6200.00
2. Software Development 7200.00 6200.00
Fee Structure for B.Voc. Degree Programmes (per Annum)
S.No B.Voc. Degree Programmes I year Fee
II year Fee
III year Fee
1. Fashion Technology 4000.00 3000.00 3000.00
2. Software Development 4000.00 3000.00 3000.00


The Details of Fee Structure for B.Voc. Degree Programmes offered through other units of AISD
Sl.No. Unit of AISD Offering Programme Fee Structure
(Post-Graduate Diploma Programmes)
Mechatronics 15,000/-
(Diploma Programmes)
CNC operator 7,500/-
Electrician 7,500/-
Advance Welding 12,000/-
Patient Care Assistant 7,500/-
(Certificate Programmes)
Mechatronics 8,000/-
Solar P.V. Technician 7,500/-
Assistant Mason 7,500/-
Application Development in Android 12,000/-
Front-End Design and Development 12,000/-
Banking Executive 12,000/-
4. Garment Training Unit
(Certificate Programmes)
Sewing Machine Operator 2,100/-
Embroidery 2,100/-
(Certificate Programmes)
Manufacturing of Paper Products / Sanitary Napkin 1,500/-
Manufacturing of Phenyl/ Disinfectants/ Agarbatti 1,000/-
Manufacturing of Bakery & Confectionary 2,000/-
Plumbing 3,000/-
AC mechanism 3,000/-
Infrastructure Facilities

The Alagappa University has formed six class rooms, three faculty rooms and Computer laboratory with the financial assistance of UGC for B.Voc. Courses with the following equipments:

  • 40 Computer Systems with latest Hardware and Software components
  • LAN & Internet
  • 1 Multimedia projector
  • 10 KVA UPS
  • 1 multi-purpose copier
  • Web camera – 15 nos

The Computer laboratory is also equipped with the following Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Software to give hands-on training to the B.Voc. Fashion Technology students:

  • ESSDi Garudan Fashion Studio (10 connections)
  • Tuka CAD (10 connections)
  • Reach - Fashion Studio

The Garment Training Unit has equipped with the following apparatuses to give practical exposure to the B.Voc. Fashion Technology students and the students of Short-term courses on ‘Sewing Machine Operator’ and ‘Embroidery’:

  • 40 Industrialized Sewing Machines
  • Single needle machines
  • Over lock machines
  • Flat lock machines
  • Embroidery machines
  • Mannequins

AISD augmented with latest books and E-Learning materials related to Fashion Technology and Software Development disciplines for the worth of 1 lakh rupees with the UGC’s financial assistance to B.Voc. programmes.

Infrastructure in AU-IIS

The AU-IIS is augmented with the following latest machineries with the financial assistance from IL& FS Institute of Skills, New Delhi to impart Skill Education in various industry-specific short-term Skill training courses:

CNC Training
  • CNC turning machine
  • CNC Milling machine
  • Display board for tools
  • Measuring equipments
  • Simulation Lab
Welding Training
  • Welding simulator
  • TIG Welding machine
  • MIG Welding machine
  • Welding booths (5 Nos)
  • Drilling & Cutting machines
  • AG-4, AG-7 grinding machines
  • Gas welding
  • Hand drill machine - BOSCH
Electrical Training
  • Electrical Working board
  • Display board -working tools
  • Live demo panel with display products
  • Comprising of modular switch
  • Fan, UPS, MCBS, DBS, LED lights for 2BHK house wiring
Mechatronics Training
  • PLC kit
  • Scada PLC kit
  • HMI & Sensor training kit
  • Pneumatic with PLC
  • Hydraulic with PLC
Healthcare training
  • Fowler bed
  • Ralling
  • Stethoscope
  • B P apparatus
  • Thermometer
  • Wheel Chair
  • Stretcher
  • Trays with Instruments (Tray with cover)
  • Posters for Anatomy & Physiology
  • Reference tools for tropical diseases
  • Model of the Transparent lung segment
  • Human Placenta
  • Embryo
  • Digestive system
  • Human size Skeleton
Ph.D. Awarded
Sl.No. Name of the Candidate Research Supervisor Year of Award
1 M.Shanthi Dr.B.Dharmalingam 2011
2 R.Gunasundaram Dr.B.Dharmalingam 2011
3 P.Lakshmi Dr.B.Dharmalingam 2015
4 K.Valanthina Kuraizi Dr.B.Dharmalingam 2015
5 V.Jayaprakash Dr.B.Dharmalingam 2015
6 RM.Vairavasundaram Dr.B.Dharmalingam 2015
Details of Research Projects
Rs. in Lakhs
1 Dr.B.Dharmalingam Evaluation of the Project “National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme in Sivagangai District” 2006 -2007 Public Affair Centre, Bangalore 0.3
2 Dr.B.Dharmalingam Preparation of Sivaganga District Perspective Plan for NREGS 2006-2007 DRDA, Sivaganga 2.56
3 Dr.B.Dharmalingam Centre for Nehru Studies (under Epoch Making Social Thinkers of India) 2005-2007 UGC, New Delhi 4.5
4 Dr.B.Dharmalingam Skill Training on Readymade Garments 2007 Tamil Nadu Corporation for Women Development Limited, Sivaganga 3.0
5 Dr.B.Dharmalingam Garment Tailoring – Skill Training to the SHGs 2007-2008 TAHDCO
6 Dr.B.Dharmalingam Skill Training on Readymade Garments 2006-2007 Tamil Nadu Corporation for Women Development 2.0
7 Dr.B.Dharmalingam Selection of Technical Assistants and Computer Assistants for NREGS 2006-2007 DRDA, Sivaganga 1.5
8 Dr.B.Dharmalingam Preparation of Sivaganga District Perspective Plan for NREGS 2006-2007 DRDA, Sivaganga 2.56
9 Dr.B.Dharmalingam Impact of Women Self-Help Groups in Rural Development 2011-2012 Alagappa University 0.6
10 Dr.B.Dharmalingam Women Exclusion and Empowerment in Local Self Government of Rural Tamil Nadu 2011-2013 UGC, New Delhi 5.2
Details of on-going consultancy projects / schemes for Skill Training
Rs. in Lakhs
1 Dr.B.Dharmalingam B.Voc. programmes 2014-2017 UGC, New Delhi 185.0
2 Dr.B.Dharmalingam Short-term Skill Training programmes through AU-IIS 2013 – till date IL&FS Skills, New Delhi 75.0
UGC – B.Voc. Programmes

As, we started to offer UG - B.Voc. Programmes from the academic year 2014-15, the details of Alumni OF b.Voc. programmes will be updated from the academic year 2017-18 onwards.

Notable Alumni of short-term Skill programmes through AU-IIS
S.No Trainee name Employer Name Designation
1 Benjamin Raja Apex Automation, Covai Shift Incharge
2 Adaikalam Kun Aerospace Pvt Ltd Setter
3 Ajithkumar Kun Aerospace Pvt Ltd Setter
4 Sivananthapandiyan MN Industries, Chennai Team Leader
5 Manikandan Hundai, Chennai CNC Operator
6 Saleem khan Wheels India, Chennai CNC Operator
7 Pitchamani TVS Sundaram Cluton CNC Operator
8 Pappaiyan TVS Sundaram Cluton CNC Operator
9 Kailasam TVS Lucas, Chennai CNC Operator
10 Gowtham Com star Automative, Chennai Quality Incharge
11 Muthukumar Falcon Tooling, Covai CNC Operator
12 Karuppiah Cogitate Automation, Covai Supervisor
13 Vickram Mahendra Pump CNC Operator
14 Asaraf Mahendra Pump CNC Operator
Conferences / Seminars / Symposiums organized
  • World Entrepreneurship Day – 2018 on 21st April 2018
  • National Conference on Recent Trends in Informatics during 19th – 20th March, 2018
  • Fashion Festival (FACON FEST)-2018’ on 28th February, 2018
  • International Conference on Swami Vivekananda and Heritage Waves – 2018 by the Alagappa Institute of Skill Development and Swami Vivekananda Centre for Higher Research and Education on 30th January 2018.
  • Two Day Workshop on Fabric Embellishment Technique & Dance Ornaments Making Skills by the Department of Fine Arts, Alagappa institute of Skill Development and University Business Collaboration Centre on 24th – 25th January 2018.
  • Children’s Day Celebration in Collaboration with the Center for Nehru Studies on 14th October 2017.
  • Teachers’ Day Celebration at the Alagappa Institute of Skill Development on 6th September, 2017.
  • One Day Orientation Programme on “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS - EMPOWER YOURSELF” on 13th September, 2017.
  • Two-Day National Conference on “CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS” on 25th – 26th, 2017.
  • IT Skills Show & International Conference on Advancements in Computing Resources’’ on 15th – 16th February, 2017
  • 'Two Day workshop on Fashion and Apparel Accessories Making’’ on 9th – 10th February, 2017 in collaboration with University- Business Collaboration Centre, Alagappa University
  • ‘Two Day workshop on Computer Hardware and Networking’ on 9th – 10th February, 2017 in collaboration with University- Business Collaboration Centre, Alagappa University
  • ‘Inauguration of Solar P.V. Technician training programme and Placement Order Distribution Ceremony’ on 13th January, 2017
  • UGC funded Two day ‘National conference on Emerging Strategies in Green Textiles and Sustainable Fashion’ on 10th – 11th January, 2017.
  • ‘Free Medical Camp for the Public’ on 5th December, 2016 in association with Apollo Reach Hospitals, Karaikudi and Alagappa University Healthcare
  • ‘Alumni meet’ on 05th August, 2016 at the AU-IIS Campus, Alagappa University, Karaikudi.
  • ‘World Entrepreneurship Day’ on 15th April, 2016
  • UGC funded ‘National conference on Emerging Trends in Software Development’ on 24th March, 2016.
  • UGC funded ‘Fashion Festival (FACON FEST)-2016’ on 11th March, 2016.
  • Children’s Day Celebration on 13th Nov, 2015.
  • Three Days Soft skill Communicative Training Programme to the PhD Research Scholars on 8th October, 2015 – 10th October, 2015.
  • One week Awareness cum Training programme on CAD: Pattern Making and Grading Design Studio Practices between 28th July, 2015 and 1st August, 2015.
  • World Youth Skills Day’ on 15th July, 2015.
  • Beautician/ Facial training Programme’ on 11th June 2015.
  • UGC funded ‘Fashion Festival (FACON FEST)-2015’ on 27th March, 2015.
  • ‘Training Programme on Operation and Maintenance of Industrial Sewing Machine’, on 13th Feb, 2015.
  • National Conference on Recent Advancements in Software Development (NCRASD – 2015) held on 23rd March, 2015
  • FACON Fest – 2015 held on 27rd March, 2015
  • Children’s Day Celebration on 14th Nov, 2014.
  • Certificate Presentation Ceremony held on 1st Oct, 2014.
  • UGC funded ‘National Seminar on Indian Software Industry-Growth and Future’ held on 19th & 20th Sep, 2014.
  • Inauguration of B.Voc. Courses Software Development, Fashion Technology held on 20th Aug, 2014.
  • Valedictory Function of The Skill Training Programmes, (Certificate course in Basic Refrigeration & Air conditioning, Certificate course in embroidery, Certificate course on Welding Technology) held on 4th April, 2014.
  • Certificate Distribution Ceremony held on 28th March, 2014.
  • Training on SOFT SKILLS, 23rd March, 2014.
  • National seminar on ‘Indian Software Industry – Growth and Future’ organized on 26th – 27th September, 2014
  • Workshop/Skill Training on Welding technology, held on 20th Aug, 2014.
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