CIRCOT showcases cotton technologies at fibre2fashion co-hosted meet
When a Government research institution, joins hand with the private sector to start playing the role of incubator of entrepreneurial projects, then businesses are definitely bound to go places and in the process benefiting all. Zonal Technology Management and Business Planning & Development unit at Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Mumbai in association with fiber2fashion organised a Business Development Programme for “Cotton Technologies” on January 7 at Ahmedabad.
The august gathering was made up from those from the cotton value chain as well as the packaging and particle board manufacturing sector and eminent speakers included experts and scientists from CIRCOT, CICR – Nagpur and CIAE – Bhopal.
In welcoming the delegates, Dr P R Roy, Director, fibre2fashion.com said, “In India, CIRCOT is a premier cotton research organization. Their pioneering research is indeed commendable and needs to be taken to the market place. During my visit to CIRCOT a few months ago, we discussed about the areas of research in cotton technology and products developed by the organisation and the ways and means to commercialize the same.
“Since Gujarat is perhaps one of the leading cotton producers in the country, the entrepreneurs in Gujarat could be interested in testing, incubating and commercializing the various cotton technologies developed by CIRCOT. Normally there is very little interest by the people in the R&D activities undertaken by premier institutes. However, that is now changing and now even the Gujarat government is taking interest in the Ahmedabad Textile Research Association (ATIRA), to ensure that there is an improvement in its functioning.
“The major theme of this conference is to showcase the new cotton technologies and that businessmen come forward, commercialize and take advantage of the new technologies. I am very confident that at the end of this conference, there will be a lot of synergy between our thought process and what is going to be offered by CIRCOT”, he concluded by saying.
The welcome and inaugural address was given by Dr AJ Shaikh, Director – CIRCOT. He began by welcoming all those present and began by saying, “CIRCOT is a body of the Government of India and is totally devoted to research in cotton like ginning, quality evaluation, spinning, chemical and bio-chemical evaluation of textiles, value-addition, etc. CIRCOT and other 17-18 other institutes in the western region of India have developed several new cotton technologies, which have great commercial potential.
Indian Council of Agriculture (ICAR) has recognised CIRCOT – Mumbai as a nodal agency for transfer of various technologies in Western region. ICAR has also set up a business planning and development unit at CIRCOT for handholding and providing facilities to prospective entrepreneurs for setting up units. Today's meeting is one such exercise to appraise all of you about the potential cotton technologies that can be converted in to successful business ventures”, he wrapped up by saying.