The industrial policy resolution in 1977 proposed the setting up of a district industries centre, shortly referred to as DIC, in each district headquarters of India. Based on the recommendations, the district industries centre was established in 1978 and it became a landmark in the development of small and cottage industries in India.
The main objective of the DIC was to provide all the services and support required by small and cottage entrepreneurs under a single roof. It means that the entrepreneurs who previously had to go to different agencies for assistance, financing, training, technical advice, etc would now be provided in one place.
The DIC structure consists of :
- A General Manager
- Four Functional Managers
- Economic and Investigation
- Village Industries
- Raw Material / Marketing / Training
- Three Project Managers to provide technical services in the area relevant to the needs of the districts concerned.