The Ministry of Textiles on Friday (27 January) cleared 15 research and development projects worth around Rs 32.25 crore across key strategic areas such as speciality fibre, protective textiles, high-performance textiles, geotextiles, medical textiles, sustainable textiles, and textiles for building materials under the National Technical Textiles Mission (NTTM).
The projects were cleared during the fifth Mission Steering Group (MSG) meeting held under the chairmanship of Union Textiles Minister Piyush Goyal.
Among these 15 R&D projects, seven projects of speciality fibres, two from protective textiles, two from high-performance textiles, one from geotextiles, one from medical textiles, one from sustainable textile, one from textiles for building materials was approved.
The NTTM was approved by the Union Cabinet in 2020 to position India as a global leader in Technical Textiles.
Among other things, the NTTM aims to promote development of indigenous machineries and process equipment for technical textiles to promote "Make in India" and enable competitiveness of the industry.
While addressing the meeting, Goyal said that leading textile manufacturers and institutes should come together to indigenously develop strategic and high-value technical textile products, with the support of the NTTM.
The minister also urged the premier public and private academic and engineering institutes and Industries to apply under the education and internship guidelines already launched under NTTM on priority basis.
He also reviewed the progress of previously sanctioned R&D projects under NTTM during the meeting.
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