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Interview with P V Kadole

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P V Kadole
P V Kadole
Director
DKTE Society's Textile & Engineering Institute
DKTE Society's Textile & Engineering Institute

How easy or difficult is to secure an admission? Any scholarships on offer?

Admission to all the programmes of the institute is conducted by MS- CET on the basis of merit and reservation policy of the government, so only students fulfilling these criteria are admitted to the programmes. The institute offers few scholarships to weaker and meritorious students.

What percentages of your students are absorbed in the textile industry at Ichalkaranji and other places in India?

About 15 per cent students are absorbed in the textile industry at Ichalkaranji and rest of them are absorbed by the industries in India and abroad.

How well equipped is your institute in conducting R&D projects?

All the laboratories of the institute are well equipped with state-of-the-art equipments. They enable us to conduct practicals as well as research work in the prospective areas of textiles. Many of the laboratories are supported by industries. The faculty members are highly experienced with many of them having a PhD degree. The strong linkage with industries also helps the institute to undertake many research and developmental activities.

Who are your major collaborators among brands and foreign universities? Do they collaborate with you on research topics?

The institute has collaborations with the following industries and universities and has successfully completed many collaborative research activities

1. North Carolina State University, USA (NCSU)
2. Eastern Michigan University, US
3. Busitema University, Uganda
4. University of California Los Angelis (UCLA Extension), USA
5. Troy University, US
6. The Copperbelt University (CBU), Zambia
7. Kenyatta University, Kenya
8. School of Textile Technology, Indonesia
9. Hochschule Niederrhein University, Germany
10. Chenkuo Technology University, Taiwan
11. University of Applied Sciences, Fachhochschule Hof, Germany
12. Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic
13. Wuhan University, China
14. University of Bargamo, Italy
15. Texas Tech University, Texas, US
16. Chonnam National University, South Korea
17. Institute of Clean Technology, Yeungnam University, Republic of Korea
18. Tennessee Tech University, US
19. Northern University Bangladesh (NUB), Dhaka, Bangladesh
20. BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT), Bangladesh
21. University of California, US
22. Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Nederland
23. College of Engineering, Pune
24. KLE Technological University, Hubballi
25. Shri Guru Gobind Singhji Institute of Engineering and Technology Nanded
26. IIT Bombay for e-Yantra Robotics Project
27. IIT Bombay, Spoken Tutorials (ST)
28. Resil Chemicals Pvt Ltd. Bangalore
29. BOSCH Rexroth India Ltd
30. Rieter Ingolstadt GmbH, Germany
31. The Association of Italian Textile Machinery Manufactures (ACIMIT), Italy
32. Microsoft for Microsoft IT Academy Program
33. Dupont India Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon
34. Advance Academy for Development of Textile Technologists (AADTT), Mumbai
35. IBM Rational Software Architect Programme, Bangalore
36. Rieter Machine Works Ltd., Switzerland
37. Saechsisches Textil Forschungs Institute eV (STFI), Germany
38. Schoch & Cosrl Italy
39. Fadis S pA, Italy

As a ‘Centre of Excellence in Nonwovens’, which projects in nonwovens is your institute currently researching on? Where will they find their applications?

Following are the research activities of COE in nonwovens:
i. Design and Development of Nonwoven Based Pervaporation Membrane for Separation of Ethanol- Water
ii. Design and development of nonwoven based ion accelerated mileage air filter
iii. Design and development of nonwoven based solar water purifier for rural India
iv. Development of spinning waste linen based nonwoven for technical textiles applications
v. Design & development of nonwoven composite from inorganic amorphous, nanoporous material for water repellent-thermal insulation layer in high end applications

Apart from that, what are the other significant textile projects you are working on?

Followings are the textile projects undertaken by textile department:
i. Development of nonwovens based on banana fibres
ii. Alternate use of disused tetracycline hydrochloride for the colouration of cotton and linen
iii. Development of warp preparation and welding machine
iv. Development of masks and PPE
v. Development of Automated Drop Pin Insertion Machine

According to you, what are the things plaguing the textile industry at present? What steps should governments and countries take to reduce textile related wastages?

Presently due to Covid-19 pandemic, there is tremendous migration of labour force from various states to their native states, thus there is tremendous lack of efficient labour force to resume the work.

Followings are some of distinct points to be considered by government to reduce textile related wastages
  • To support hard waste utilising industries like, paper & pulp, rope, braided products, door mats etc.
  • Financial supports to the industries to setup ETP, ZLD & CETP.
  • To support industries for utilising renewable energy like solar energy, windmill, cogeneration by providing strong technical knowledge as well as financial support 2. Financial supports to the industries to setup ETP, ZLD & CETP.
  • To support industries like garment industries, process house to install state of art machineries
  • To support financial and technical industries like green composite manufacturing units.
  • To start skill development training programmes, so that skilled labours will be available to the industry

What new fields in textiles are emerging? Any new courses you plan to come up with in future?

Following are the emerging fields in textiles: i. Technical textiles, ii. Nanotechnology, iii. Sustainable textiles iv. Fibre Reinforced green composites From the academic year 2020-21, the institute will be starting honours and minor degree programmes in the technical textiles and apparel technology

What are your future goals? Any major announcements in pipeline?

Our future goals are:

i. Gaining deemed university status.
ii. Improving admission of international students
iii. Twinning programmes with leading foreign universities

Published on: 11/06/2020

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