Before 2006 there were two different Departments namely as the Department of textiles and the Department of Industry. As a result of the decision taken by Uva Provincial Council in 2006 new department was established as the Department of Industrial Development by integrating those said two departments. Later the control, supervision and providing of facilities for variety of division which were conducted by the each departments were done by this Department of Industrial Development .
Main goal of this newly established Department was to provide the necessary vocational trainings desired by the youth within the Province via all the vocational training centers coming under the Department and to uplift the income status of Uva Provincial Council by producing products via every vocational training center of the Department and by well managing them.
As previously handloom textile production division is under the textile section and carpentry , light engineering , red clay, cane and coir and eakle related products divisions are under the industry section.