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The Status of the Textile Research Associations in India

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There are 8 Textile Research Associations (TRAs) – (affiliated bodies under the Ministry of Textile), engaged in research related to textile sector namely:-

  1. Ahmadabad Textile Industry’s Research Association. (ATIRA), Ahemadabd, Gujarat,
  2. The Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA), Mumbai, Maharashtra,
  3. Man-Made Textiles Research Association (MANTRA), Surat, Gujarat,
  4. Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA), Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh,
  5. Synthetic & Art Silk Mills Research Association (SASMIRA), Mumbai, Maharashtra,
  6. South India Textile Research Association (SITRA), Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu,
  7. Wool Research Association (WRA), Thane, Maharashtra,
  8. Indian Jute Industries’ Research Association (IJIRA), Kolkata, West Bengal,

The details of joint activities undertaken by these TRAs with academic institutions both in India and overseas over the last five years are as below:-

Name of TRA / Organization TRAs collaborated or undertaken any joint activities with academic institutions
In India With Outside India with
The Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) for Ph.D


Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA) Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur (2021)


University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom (March 2018)
Synthetic & Art Silk Mills Research Association (SASMIRA), Mumbai, Maharashtra
    1. MOU with KarmaveerBhauraoPatil (KBP) College, Vashi, Navi Mumbai.
    2. Joint activities with University of Dharwad for natural fiber alternatives.
    3. Joint studies with KrishiVigyan Kendra (KVK), in North Eastern Region


Wool Research Association, Thane
  1. Sports engineering association India (SEA), Mechanical Engineering Department, BITS, Pilani
  2. Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai (ICT, Mumbai)
  3. SardarVallabhbhai Patel International School of Textiles and Management, Coimbatore (SVPITM)
  4. Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE), Gwalior (under Ministry of youth affairs & Sports, GOI)
  5. Dr. L.H. Hiranandani college of Pharmacy, Thane
  1. Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia;
  2. Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Istanbul, Turkey ;
  3. North West Composite Centre (NWCC), University of Manchester, UK ;
  4. Deakin University, Australia; and
  5. Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic


South India Textile Research Association (SITRA)
  1. Bolton University, U.K.
  2. North Carolina State University, USA
  3. The National University of Singapore, Singapore
  4. Deakin University, Australia
  5. Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI), Taiwan
  6. Korea Apparel Testing & Research Institute (KATRI), South Korea
  7. Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI), Philippines

Research projects undertaken by these organizations/associations in the state of Maharashtra are as under:-

Name of TRA / Organization Research conducted in the state of Maharashtra
Synthetic & Art Silk Mills Research Association (SASMIRA)


Conducted research particular to State of Maharashtra under Technology Mission on Technical Textiles scheme and established two demo centres to study the effect and rise in productivity due to use of agro textile products at Amravati, Maharashtra. The demo centres were at KrishiVigyan Kendra (KVK) Ghatkhed and KrishiVigyan Kendra (KVK) Durgapur in Amravati District.
The Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) Mumbai
  • Conducted adequacy audits for 10 Textile processing units in Maharashtra as per Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) requirement.
  • Developed the training module for in depth training on “ETP, water recycling and sustainable technology for the textile industry. This has been approved by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB).
Wool Research Association (WRA)
  • Conducted research work for Woolen Industries (established in Maharashtra): Raymond Limited, Thane
  • Conducted Research work for Sports Industries (established in Maharashtra): Bhavi Multifab, Navi Mumbai &Khanna Sports, Navi Mumbai
  • Conducted Research work for other industries (established in Maharashtra) viz. Schoeller Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., Navi Mumbai & Innoleague Technologies India Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai

Apart from this, with a view to position the country as a global leader in Technical Textiles, National Technical Textiles Mission(NTTM) has been created at a total outlay of Rs.1,480 Crore, with a four year implementation period from FY 2020-21 to 2023-24. Under (NTTM), Ministry has awarded following research projects to Premier Research Institutes of the country in the field of technical textiles:

S. No. Research Topic Segment Name of the


1. High performance composite fibres Specialty Fiber IIT Delhi
2. Activated and patterned carbon nanofibers based advanced esign configuration for High performance Lithium-ion batteries and super-capacitors Specialty Fiber IIT Hyderabad
3. Micro RNA Diagnostic Kit using Doped Carbon Nanofibers Specialty Fiber IIT Jammu
4. A technology platform for design and manufacturing of advanced and multi-functional 3D woven Textile Structural Composites using High performance and natural fibres Specialty Fiber IIT Delhi
5. Scaling up of electro spring process for nano fibers Specialty Fiber IIT Hyderabad
6. Carbon based dermal patch for vitiligo therapy Specialty Fiber IIT Bombay
7. EngineeringFibersforFogHarvestingandInterfacialSolarWaterPurification Specialty Fiber IIT Kanpur
8. Biodegradable & bioactive nanofibrous face mask Specialty Fiber IIT Bombay
9. Development of Tyre Tread Compound using Graphene in combination with Carbon & Silica as a Reinforcing Filler for Reducing the Rolling Resistance (RR) and Improving Fuel Efficiency Specialty Fiber IRMRA
10. DevelopmentOfCarbonNanotubeReinforcedAcrylicPrecursorsForCarbonFibre Specialty Fiber BTRA
11. Design and development of facile high through put needle less electrospinning set-up Specialty Fiber SITRA

This information was given by the Minister of state for Textiles Smt. Darshana Jardosh in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

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