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NITRA hosts 55th edition of Joint Technological Conference
Jun '14
Dr. Arindam Basu
Dr. Arindam Basu
The Joint Technological Conference (JTC) is an annual feature of India’s premier textiles research associations ATIRA, BTRA, SITRA and NITRA. The major technical developments in the field of textile technology, based on the R&D works carried out by four TRAs during the year, are presented and deliberated in the conference.
The 55th edition of this event was hosted by NITRA at PHD House, New Delhi on 10th May 2014. Sh. Sujit Gulati, Jt. Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, was the Chief Guest. Also present on occasion were Chairman, NITRA Sh. R. L. Nolkha, Director General, NITRA Dr. Arindum Basu, respective Directors of ATIRA, BTRA, and SITRA Dr. A. K. Sharma, Dr. A. N. Desai, and Dr. Prakash Vasudevan.
Dr. R. Chattopadhyay and Dr. S. M. Ishtiaque, both Professors, IIT Delhi chaired the two technical sessions. During the daylong conference, twelve technical papers were presented to about 250 industry professionals. An exhibition was also organized for product showcasing and technology manifestation to industry delegates.
After formal welcome by Sh. R. L. Nolkha, Dr. Arindam Basu, DG, NITRA while presenting the Combined Report on the Activities and Achievements of TRAs, informed that altogether 50 R&D projects are under taken by the four TRAs during last one year. He mentioned that, TRAs are working through various Centers of Excellence (CoE) for the emerging areas of technical textiles. Apart from research, informed Dr. Basu, TRAs are also acting on Govt. of India’s mega training project Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS).
Sh. Sujit Gulati, JS, MoT expressed happiness over the activities and achievements of the TRAs and informed that the new ideas emerging in JTCs are very helpful for formulation and implementation of Govt. policies and programs relating to Indian textile and clothing industry. He opined that the area of technical textiles has great potential and textile ministry is making a lot of effort to popularize and bring in investment in technical textiles. He also appreciated TRAs’ role in acting as implementing agencies of ISDS. He also advised TRAs to increase international exposure by undertaking overseas training and consultancy projects.


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