The Centre has cleared 23 strategic research projects of around Rs 60 cr in the areas of specialty fibres, sustainable textiles, geotextiles, mobiltech and sports textiles under its flagship programme National Technical Textiles Mission. The projects were approved under the chairmanship of Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal on September 14, an official statement said recently.
“Among these 23 research projects, 12 projects of Speciality Fibres having application areas in agriculture, smart textiles, healthcare, strategic application and protective gears were cleared.
“Four projects from sustainable textiles having application area in agriculture and healthcare sector were cleared. Also, five projects from geotextile, 1 from mobiltech and 1 from sportech were cleared,” the Textile Ministry stated.
While addressing the esteemed group of Scientists and Technical Technologists, Goyal said, “Industry and Academia connect is essential for the growth of research and development in the application areas of Technical Textiles in India. Building convergence with Academicians, Scientists and Researchers is the need of the hour.”
The Minister emphasised on the importance of contributions of technology and segment experts, scientists and academicians to India’s technical textiles future growth.
Goyal highlighted that the technological gap in the country needs to be addressed in the field of technical textiles.
Identification of the area of research in technical textiles with industry interaction and promotional activities like conferences, exhibition, and buyer-seller meet to promote the use of Technical Textile in the country and to increase the exports to be the key focus areas, he shared.