The textile industry in India is probably the oldest and one of the most significant industries in India. It is accredited to be the second largest employer in the country after agriculture and offers direct employment to over 35 million in the country. The significance of this sector is further enhanced with India being the second largest producer of fibre in the world and the major fibre produced is cotton which attributes to about 60% of the Indian textile Industry. Other fibres produced in India include silk, jute, wool, and man-made fibres.
NITRA, or Northern India Textile Research Association is one prominent name in the Indian Textile Industry. It was set up in the year 1974 by the Govt. Of India and the Textile Industry with the objective to carry out scientific research in the field of textile as well as to promote and foster scientific research studies for the extension of knowledge related to or connected with textile. NITRA is the only ISO 9001:2008 accredited premier textile research association in the country and is recognized by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Govt. of India.
NITRA operates under the administrative control of Council of Administration comprising of representatives from Textile & Apparel industry, Govt. of India, trade associations, academic institutions and Textile Research Associations. The council is presently headed by its Chairman Sh. R. L. Nolkha, an eminent industrialist. Dr. J. V. Rao, veteran academician and a research scientist, is the present Director General of NITRA and Sh. Abhijit Pal, senior textile consultant, is the Director (officiating) of NITRA.
NITRA’s prime activities include research & development, technical consultancy, quality evaluation of materials, manpower training and publishing technical books and papers. NITRA also provides facilitating services to the decentralized power-loom sector through its seven centres located at Tanda, Kanpur, Meerut, Gorakhpur (all in U.P.), Panipat (Haryana), Ludhiana (Punjab) and Bhilwara (Rajasthan).
NITRA not only undertakes research projects in textile product development, machine design, instrument development and process development, but also provides consultancy services that include various technical audits, feasibility studies, system certification services, infrastructure set up, asset valuation, third party inspection, energy conservation & energy audit, design etc.
Northern India Textile Research Association
Sector-23, Raj Nagar, Ghaziabad-201002
Phone: 0120-2786434/451, 2783334/586/592/638/090/094
E-mail: [email protected]
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