ICAR- CIRCOT, Mumbai in collaboration with Indian Fibre Society (IFS) organised a National Seminar on Recent Advances in Textile Finishing on December 17at the Jubilee Hall of ICAR-CIRCOT where Dr. Kavita Gupta, IAS, Textile Commissioner of India was the chief guest. The seminar was attended by more than 100 delegates from research organizations, academia, industry, policy makers and media.
Dr. P.G. Patil, Director, ICAR- CIRCOT delivered the welcome address which was followed by lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries. Dr. Sujata Saxena, principal scientist and seminar convener informed the audience about the seminar. Three publications viz. ICAR- CIRCOT- An Overview, Book of Papers and the Souvenir of the seminar were released by the chief guest on this occasion.
In her address, Gupta elaborated on the present status of Indian Textile industry and the importance of value addition to textiles through finishing and emphasised upon being competitive in international as well as domestic market. She mentioned about the present huge gap between India and China in world textile trade and reminded the audience of our past prime position in textiles and the need to make efforts for regaining it.
In all, there were three technical sessions in the seminar viz. An Overview of Textile Finishing chaired by Dr. G.S. Nadiger, Textile & Management Consultant, Functional Finishing of Textiles chaired by Dr. S. Sreenivasan, former Director, CIRCOT and Application of Plant materials for Textile Finishing chaired by Dr. N. Bhattacharyya eminent textile chemist. There were five oral presentations in each of the sessions. A poster session was also organised. The seminar ended with a vote of thanks by R.M. Gurjar, Secretary, IFS.