|These programs can be described as Autonomous programs of CLRI because the entire courses were designed and run solely by CLRI. From early 1993, these programs have produced around 1500 promising vocational candidates in all and dedicated to the industry. These vocational courses, of late, became indispensable for the industry. RCEDs (Regional Centers for Extension and Development) of CLRI helped in learning the societal alignment and market prevailing in different regions of the country. Thus, CLRI offered location-specific diploma courses (harness and saddlery leather processing in Kanpur, leather products in Jalandhar and Kolkata) through its RCEDs. By this way, CLRI championed the cause of primary and secondary level HRD for leather sector to some extent, in the country.
Recently, CLRI upgraded all its modular programs into Diploma level (Leather goods, leather garments and leather footwear) each spanning one year. It is a move to stuff every course with a wholesome package.