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New Delhi : Ministry of Textiles on January 17, 2022, cleared 20 strategic research projects worth Rs 30 crore in the areas of Specialty fibres and Geotextiles under the chairmanship of Union Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal. These strategic research projects fall  under the Flagship Programme ‘National Technical Textiles Mission (NTTM).’

Amongst the 20 Research projects, 16 projects of Specialty fibres were cleared including 5 projects in Healthcare, 4 projects in Industrial and Protective, 3 projects in Energy Storage, 3 projects in Textile waste recycling, and 1 in Agriculture,  and 4 projects in Geotextiles (Infrastructure) were cleared.

Various leading Indian Institutes, Centres of Excellence, and Government Organisations participated including IITs, DRDO, BTRA, among others in the session which cleared projects strategic for the development of Indian economy and a step in the direction of Atmanirbhar Bharat, especially in the Healthcare, Industrial and Protective, Energy Storage, Textile Waste Recycling, Agriculture and Infrastructure.

Addressing the 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.”

Goyal also highlighted that the focus should be on the Internationally high value added products and building a structure of brainstorming around problem statements. In addition, Inter-ministerial synergy is required for attracting mega research projects in the country.

Earlier, 11 research projects worth Rs 78.60 crore were cleared by the  Ministry of Textiles on March 26, 2021.