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President to inaugurate Golden Jubilee function of SITRA

Feb '07
The President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will inaugurate the Golden Jubilee Celebration of The South India Textile Research Association (SITRA) tomorrow in Coimbatore. The Minister of State for Textiles, Shri E.V.K.S. Elangovan will also address the function.

The SITRA was set up as link in the chain of national laboratories in the country, which was sponsored by the textile industry and supported by the Government of India. The Association commenced functioning in 1956 at the premises of the Southern India Mills' Association (SIMA), Coimbatore.

Initially with two divisions, i) Liaison & Statistics and ii) Industry Psychology and 44 members. SITRA has now become one of the largest Research Institutes in India. Presently it has eight divisions and more than 350 member mills and its members are spread over many parts of the country as well as eight foreign nations – Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, Iran, Nepal, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Indonesia.

Covering all the sectors in textiles viz., spinning, weaving, knitting and chemical processing the activities broadly fall under nine major areas i) long term basic research ii) applied research for process and product development iii) development of machinery and instrumentation iv) operational studies v) financial performance vi) consultation vii) training viii) testing and ix) transfer of technology to the decentralized sector. Besides, SITRA's work also cover newer uses of jute, jute blends and other unconventional fibers.

Over the past 50 years, as many as 730 publications comprising of research report, mill control reports, focus, trends and monographs have been published by SITRA. Publications of SITRA play a vital role in disseminating the findings of its research and other works.

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