NEW DELHI: The ministry of textiles has approved 15 research and development projects worth over Rs 32.25 crore across key strategic verticals such as high-performance textiles, speciality fibres, medical textiles, protective textiles, geotextiles, sustainable textiles, and textiles for building materials.
Among these 15 R&D projects, 7 projects were of speciality fibres, 2 from protective textiles, 2 from high-performance textiles, 1 from geotextiles, 1 from medical textiles, 1 from sustainable textile, 1 from textiles for building materials was approved, an official statement from the ministry of textiles said.
According to a statement from the ministry of textiles, the clearance was announced during the 5th Mission Steering Group (MSG) meeting on Friday evening in New Delhi, which was chaired by Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce and Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. During the discussion, Piyush Goyal stated that with the support of the National Technical Textiles Mission, top textile producers and institutes should collaborate to develop strategic and high-value technical textile products in-house.
"A robust outreach campaign is required to attract R&D ideas in machinery and equipment across India's key textile machinery production hubs. Inter-ministerial coordination is essential to document and use current and updated technologies in the nation-building process, particularly in the areas of sustainable technological textiles." Existing NTTM beneficiaries, such as premier institutes and research bodies, must collaborate with other institutes to increase awareness, advantages, and optimal utilisation of the NTTM Scheme across India, the minister said.
He also that encouraging fresh engineering minds to pursue technical textiles in India is a pressing need. "A comprehensive guideline under the startup programme was discussed and may be finalised on a priority basis, aimed at aspiring inventors, entrepreneurs, and young scientists." "Technical textile machinery and equipment development has been a big problem that requires coordinated interventions from government, industry, and academia, including commercialization of the created machines."
During the meeting, the minister also examined the progress of previously sanctioned R&D projects under NTTM. Furthermore, the way forward and action plan for propelling India's technical textiles sector were discussed and recommended, including broader field-level outreach programmes for research in fundamental, applied, and machine development across Textile Research Associations (TRAs), premier institutes, and Industry Associations, among others.
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