The Union Minister for Textiles, Commerce and Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Shri Piyush Goyal, while chairing the 8th Meeting of the Mission Steering Group (MSG) of National Technical Textiles Mission (NTTM), emphasized on the need for enhancement of collaborative efforts among the Government and industry to enhance indigenous development of technical textiles products.
The Ministry of Textiles approved 11 project proposals, including 9 R&D projects, 1 project on machine development and 1 project on equipment development, worth approx. INR 103 crores. One of the projects focused on development of high-strength carbon fibre for strategic applications to make India self-reliant in the field of Technical Textiles.
The projects cover different application areas of technical textiles including 2 projects of Protech, 2 Meditech, 2 Mobiltech, 1 Buildtech, 2 Smart Textiles and 1 project of Sustainable Textiles.
Amongst the approved projects, research projects were led by institutes and research bodies including CSIR-NAL, ATIRA, NITRA, IIT Delhi, ICT-Mumbai, NIT-Jalandhar, Colorjet India Ltd., among others.
The Union Minister reviewed the progress of different components of National Technical Textiles Mission including review of sanctioned R&D products, status of applications under General Guidelines for Enabling of Academic Institutes in Technical Textiles Education in India (Round-II), implementation of Quality Control Orders issued by Ministry of Textiles, patents guidelines of R&D, Outreach activities and events under NTTM, amongst others.