Know about How SASMIRA progresses towards better India in Agro-Textiles!

Textile Value Chain talked with Mr. Premnath Surwase, Scientist ‘C’ (M.Tech – IIT Delhi) of SASMIRA at Technotex 2023.

SASMIRA’s Institute of Design and Textile (SIDT) was established in the year 1950 by the Textile Ministry of India in Mumbai. SASMIRA has a wide variety of courses to choose from. They have Bachelor’s, Post-Graduate, Full-time diplomas. Part-time and Diploma Programme. They also have masters and short-time courses. SASMIRA is a well-known garment and textile educational institution in the world.

What are the recent developments at your Center of excellence?

SASMIRA is working on different architectural development projects. One of our projects includes building a structure which helps maintain temperatures. IR being the reflector of solar energy also affects the temperature. We are finding ways to use the IR reflector which helps in temperature control. Furthermore, we are planning to work on biodegradable brown covers which will reduce pollution. To avoid pollution, we are also planning to develop long covers for sustainable purposes. In the field, bees have been causing soil fertility. For that too, we are planning to develop bio-products, bio-polymers and yarn in future.

Tell us about your RnD programs that are going on currently.

The ministry of Textile has introduced a scheme/programme under the national technical textile programme. Talking about the RnD, prototype development, product validation, are supported. Start-ups are supported with commercialization. With this, the research organizations and the start-ups can collaborate and bring findings for geo-textile.

Do you have any collaborations with institutes that teach textile technology? How can the students benefit from you?

SASMIRA being a fashion educational institution has various courses under it. SASMIRA has diploma, design, fashion designing courses. Apart from this, graduation in design is also there. PGDM, MBA and certificate courses in fashion designing, product development, product development, product designing courses are there too. A graduate training programme is available where textile, technical textile and conventional textile is taught in major.

What is the status of technical textiles in terms of manufacturing in India and how is our standing in exports?

A new scheme has been introduced by the government. Especially in the textile industry, manufacturing has grown multiple times. India is proceeding towards Atmanirbhar Bharat. Due to this, in-house manufacturing has progressed a lot. India has improved in exports as well.

Do you have any initiatives for entrepreneurs, skill development and training?

We provide incubation for newcomers so that they may use our products and expand their business. We also do product development mainly for the newcomers so that they may use our products and establish their business in the market.

Tell us about your collaborations with startups in the Technical textile industry?

We at SASMIRA provide different projects for the startups and entrepreneurs so that they may establish their products/business. We also give projects, products and profile validation.

Tell us about the market for technical textile, what are the current trends going on?

The technical textile market is growing. Agro-textile requires arable land. Around 25 million land is under horticulture which is a major user of agro-textile technology. Out of this, only land is around 1 million which includes the in-houses As India is facing adverse climatic changes, it is damaging the crops. For this, agro-textile is required in the market. The market is quite huge in India and all over the world.

India being a largely agricultural based country, how can Agro textiles be improvised to increase the output in rural areas?

India has the 2nd largest in arable land. India is leading in many cultivations such as banana cultivation. Protection is used for the cultivation of bananas. To protect the crops, sunrise is necessary. In the past 10 years, growth has multiplied in India. There are more than 200 industries/ products which come under the MSME. Growth is good here.



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