Ministry of Textiles cleared 15 R&D projects worth INR 32.25 crores

Jan 28: Leading textile manufacturers and institutes should come together to indigenously develop strategic and high-value technical textile products, with the support of the NTTM

The Ministry of Textiles cleared 15 R&D projects worth around INR 32.25 crores across key strategic areas such as Speciality fibre, Protective textiles, High-Performance Textiles, Geotextiles, Medical Textiles, Sustainable Textiles, and Textiles for Building Materials during the 5th Mission Steering Group (MSG) meeting held under the chairmanship of Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce and Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution here today.

Among these 15 R&D projects, 7 Projects of Speciality Fibres, 2 from protective Textiles, 2 from High-Performance Textiles, 1 from Geotextiles, 1 from Medical Textiles, 1 from Sustainable Textiles, and 1 from Textiles for Building Materials were approved.

While addressing the 5th Mission Steering Group meeting, Shri Piyush Goyal said that leading textile manufacturers and institutes should come together to indigenously develop strategic and high-value technical textile products, with the support of the NTTM.

A robust outreach exercise is required to attract R&D Proposals in Machinery and Equipment across major textile machinery manufacturing hubs in India. Interministerial collaboration is required to document and utilize existing and updated technologies for wider usage in the nation-building process, especially in the areas of sustainable technical textiles. Existing beneficiaries of NTTM such as Premier Institutes and Research bodies need to connect with other institutes for wider awareness, benefits and optimal utilization of the NTTM Scheme across India added Hon’ble Minister.

Encouraging young engineering minds to pursue technical textiles in India is the need of the hour. A broad guideline under the Start-up scheme was discussed and may be finalized on priority targeting aspiring innovators, entrepreneurs and young scientists.

Technical Textile Machinery and Equipment development has been a major challenge which needs collaborative interventions from the Government, Industry and Academia, including commercialization of the developed machines. The General Guidelines for indigenous development of machines and equipment in the application areas of technical textiles under NTTM is a strong-foot forward and needs to be utilized in the industry to its fullest, he further emphasised.

Hon’ble Minister of Textiles urged the premier public and private academic and engineering institutes and Industries to apply under the education and internship guidelines already launched under the National technical textiles mission on a priority basis.

Hon’ble Minister also reviewed the progress of previously sanctioned R&D projects under NTTM during the meeting. In addition, the way forward and action plan for propelling India’s technical textiles sector was discussed and recommended including Wider Field-level Outreach Programmes for Research in Fundamental, Applied, and Machine Development across TRAs, Premier Institutes and Industry Associations; Development of new BIS standards; Enact new Quality Control Orders (QCOs); Rationalization of HSN Codes; Mandation of technical textiles’ items across Line Ministries and Departments; and Identification of specialized skill requirements in the sector.

The meeting comprises Senior Officials from the Government including NITI Aayog, the Office of Principal Scientific Advisor, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the Department of Expenditure, the Department of Defence, the Ministry of MSME, the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, DPIIT, and members from other Ministries, and eminent members from the industry.

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