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The North India Section of the Textile Institute (NISTI) was formed in 1989. It is a subsidiary of the Textile Institute, Manchester with its mission to promote professionalism and provide global network for the long-term development of the industry.

North India has a strong concentration of Textile Industries spanning all sectors inclusive of spinning, weaving, knitting, worsted, processing, terry towels, industrial yarns, garments, made-ups, denim, shawls and all concerned services spread across several clusters like Delhi, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Barnala, Panipat, Ludhiana, Baddi, Nalagarh and Himachal Pradesh. The section boasts of the presence of some big names like Winsome, Shamken, Nahar, Vardhman, Oswal, Shamken, Pasupati, Alps, LNJ Bhilwara and Trident etc. NISTI was set up to cater for their needs. NISTI provides a program of activities that are of direct interests and relevance to local conditions. Typical program include factory visits, meetings, workshop, conferences, seminars, and social events to promote professional knowledge and provide networking for growth and development. An Executive Committee comprising of eminent professionals drawn from the industry/technical institutes etc administers NISTI.

Section Chair cum Treasurer

Mr KK Sharma
Section Chairman cum Treasurer

Section Secretary:

Dr. Vinod Shanbhag
Section Honorary Secretary

Executive Committee Members:

Dr. A.K.G. Nair
Prof. V.K. Kothari
Mr. R.K. Asthana
Mr. H.P. Gupta
Mr. Avinash Gupta
Mr. Rajiv Girotra
Mr. I.M. Aggarwal
Mr. I.K. Singhal
Mr. Rohit Chadha

The 2016 AGM was held on July 29th

ATDC Faridabad Organizes a Workshop on ‘Apparel Product-Quality Assurance'

Faridabad: With the aim of upgrading knowledge base and skill levels of personnel of the Apparel industry along with ATDC faculty resources, Apparel Training and Design Centre (ATDC), India's largest vocational training provider for the apparel sector, organized a 2-day long workshop on ‘Apparel Product-Quality Assurance'. The workshop was conducted on 22nd and 23rd June, 2016 at ATDC Hub Faridabad. The Valedictory address was delivered by the Chief Guest Ms Anu Garg, IAS, Joint Secretary, (Skill Development) Ministry of Textiles, GoI, who also distributed ISDS certificates to the candidates of ATDC Faridabad

The Valedictory Ceremony also witnessed a Panel Discussion on the topic “Quality and Compliance for Apparel Industry”. Among the group of panelists were eminent personalities like Dr K.K. Sharma, CEO, Megatech Corporation & Chairman NISTI, Shri Vijay Kaul, Ex-Regional Director, Target USA and Mr Amit Saluja, Sr Lab Manager, Rheinland TUV (India). Their wide experience and knowledge acquainted the participants with the topical issues governing quality and compliance in global trade.

The purpose was to train the professionals in a manner that they are able to bring improvement in their product line, to offer quality products as per the consumer's demands. There were about 22 participants including 18 Industry professionals from leading brands like Black Berry, Pearl Academy, Neetee Clothing, Mohan Trading, etc.

ATDC Faridabad and Ballabhgarh students of Sewing Machine Operator (SMO) and SMART CAD were given ISDS Certificates by the Chief Guest,  Ms Anu Garg, IAS, Joint Secretary, (Skill Development) Ministry of Textiles, GoI,

While addressing the gathering, Ms Anu Garg, IAS, Joint Secretary, (Skill Development) Ministry of Textiles, GoI, said, “The textile policy announced yesterday was a longstanding demand of the industry. It is expected to create 1 crore jobs in the next three years, that means there would be a huge requirement of skilled

labour and as we talk of skilled labour we talk of institutions like ATDC and its students.” Training of trainers is an integral part of upcoming schemes. When She further added, “These training camps should not be taken as fun activities or recreation, they are of much importance as they not only rejuvenate us, but also acquaint us with new technologies and developments in the field.” Her words were enriching for the attendees and instilled in them a motivation to improve the quality of the products manufactured by their companies.

Dr Darlie Koshy, DG & CEO, ATDC, expressed his elation on the successful completion of the workshop. He said,” ATDC-TOT has always played vital role in training ATDC's internal teaching resources and Industry Trainers. Advanced and customized training programs of ATDC-TOT Academics have been widely appreciated by leading apparel brands and well known International brands like Zara etc. which have made use of ATDC's customized training programs.”

“The quality of training provided by ATDC ToT Academy is much appreciated by everyone and will certainly help us to grow and enhance our Skills,” said Mr. Sushil Tripathi, Production manager, Blackberrys.

This workshop was professionally designed so that the participants could understand their roles and responsibilities, and also learn the best practices from leading experts of the apparel industry. They were enlightened that they should focus on the quality that is delivered to the customers, without it one cannot contribute to the growth of the organization.




Medical Textiles Conclave 2015

An Interface between Medical and Textile fraternity

6 th of Dec.2015, PHDCCI, New Delhi


North India Section of Textile Institute (NISTI)

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS)

PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI)


Medical textiles is an emerging sector of the textile industry which has immense scope and potential in the country. While the textile industry is looking for product diversification and value addition, the medical sector is looking for products that are affordable, accessible and meet the unique healthcare needs of the Indian population. The growth drivers for this market are an ageing population, as well as rapidly rising morbidity with high rates in incidence of obesity, diabetes, lung and cardiovascular diseases. The number of people affected by communicable and vector borne diseases each year has also been going up significantly.

In light of the above, the Medical Textiles Conclave 2015 was organised in the Raunaq Hall of PHDCCI on the 6 of Dec 2015 by NISTI, IIT Delhi, AIIMS and PHDCCI. The four partners represented the textile manufacturing, textile R&D, medical and the trade fraternity. For the first time, e minent d octors and health professionals from premier hospitals presented their requirements with respect to medical textiles, while manufacturers talked about the products they are currently manufacturing and the challenges they face in marketing their products in the domestic market. Scientists involved in R&D activities presented their work while at the same time identifying opportunities for collaboration. The event also featured an exhibition of Medical products by ten companies.

In the inaugural session Dr KK Sharma , Chairman NISTI welcomed the delegates and talked about the activities of NISTI and its commitment to the growth and development of Medical textiles in the country. Dr SM Ishtiaque , Professor and acting Head of Department of Textile Technology at IIT Delhi underlined the importance of R&D in the growth and development of the Medical Textiles sector in the country. Mr Vivek Seigell , Director PHDCCI informed the delegates about the activities of PHDCCI and outlined the role that they can play in promoting the cause of medical textiles in India. The Chief Guest of the morning DR GK Rath , Chief BRA IHRC and the officiating Director of AIIMS commended NISTI on organising a seminar on this very relevant topic and reiterated the role of research in developing world class products in India which are of high quality and at the same time affordable by masses.

Dr Deepti Gupta , Professor at IIT Delhi and co-ordinator of the Medical Textiles Conclave 2015, presented the background to the conclave. According to her, the motivation for the conclave came from questions like -How to care for an increasing number of individuals with complex medical conditions; How to provide quality care to those in areas with reduced access to providers; How to maximize the independence and participation of an increasing number of individuals with disabilities. She thanked the speakers and the industry persons who had agreed to share their knowledge and views about Medical textiles sector in the Conclave. She ended her talk with the hope and expectation that the deliberations during the day would lead to meaningful discussions and propose a Road map for the growth of Medical Textiles in the country.

Dr Sushma Sagar , Additional Professor , Division of Trauma & Critical care Surgery AIIMS, Delhi highlighted the requirements of Medical Textiles in Surgical Specialty & Surgical ICU. She listed the large number of textile based products that are used in surgical ICU and said that hospitals were forced to use imported goods as standardised products were not available domestically. She went on to urge the researchers and manufacturers to develop indigenous f abrics with improved barrier properties for use in gowns, masks, drapes and shoe cover etc. She expected the medical textile sector to match their counterparts in market in developed nations and develop products especially suited to Indian ICUs.

Dr Sanjay Gupta , Professor, World School of Design Sonipat, delved on the topic of garments as medical devices. He divided these garments into 3 broad categories namely Therapeutic, Assistive and Adaptive based on the function they perform for the patient. Therapeutic garments include those garments that aid in therapy, rehabilitation and proprioception e.g. Pressure Garments, Sensory Garments and Eczema Clothes. Assistive garments assist people in monitoring/ managing their condition, support people with disabilities and in general improve quality of Life. Examples include Bio sensing garments, garments for post-surgical protection, and garments for fall protection and jacket for Kangaroo mother care. Adaptive garments include clothing for people with special needs. He concluded by saying that medical garments provide a huge new market opportunity for inclusive design for designers as well as an opportunity to ‘make in India'.

Dr Sheetal Singh , Administrator, AIIMS underlined the importance of textiles in a hospital environment and classified them as being “in the patient”, “on the patient”, “For the patient” and “near the patient”. Hospitals are gradually moving away from the conventional reusable to single use, disposable textile products because of the many advantages they offer. She went on to share interesting data about the number of patients, beds, visitors and doctors at AIIMS, the scale and scope of AIIMS and its centers. She also talked about the scale of consumption of medical textiles in AIIMS and the challenges and pressures of procuring goods in a large government organisation.

Dr Deepak Agrawal , Additional Professor, Neurosurgery AIIMS, listed out several specialised textile products used in Neuro surgery OT and ICU for various applications. He talked about absorbable haemostats for application to bleeding surfaces, biodegradable, generable bones produced from tissue engineered biomaterials or inorganic-organic composite biomaterial which are needed for implanting during cranioplasty in paediatric patients. Multi-layered HIV protection kits made from nonwovens have a specific construction in order to provide complete protection from splashes and body fluids. In the ICU there is requirement for single use cooling blankets as well as soft, flexible and durable warming blankets. As of now all these products are imported and therefore very expensive. He emphasised the need to develop these products indigenously.

Dr Yash Nigam , Orthopaedic consultant Apollo Hospitals, discussed in detail, the many requirements of textile based medical products in Orthopaedics. Orthopedic supports are required for various ailments in the forms of splints, knee supports, elbow braces and such. Most of the products, currently available in the country are not of good quality. Some imported products are available but they are very expensive. So there is an urgent need to develop products suited to the needs and requirements of Indian conditions and Indian patients.

Ms Sonia Goel , Occupational Therapist, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Vasant Kunj, observed that 2.21% of population in India is disabled yet there is no dedicated brand or source of clothing to meet their special needs. She discussed the requirements of clothing by the especially abled population in India and how they continue to struggle with normal clothing due to lack of motor control, restricted motor skills and limited range of motion. She highlighted some case studies in the developed world where adaptive clothing have been developed for people suffering from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, amputation or congenital anomalies.

Prof Subhash Anand , Professor Emeritus, The University of Bolton UK, made an interesting presentation on 'Development of 3D pressure relieving cushions for prevention of pressure sores'. The presentation discussed the systematic research and development of pressure relieving cushions by combining a series of three-dimensional warp knitted spacer structures in order to achieve the desirable properties, such as good compression resistance and resilience, reduction of peak pressure and pressure distribution over much larger area of the cushion. He concluded that warp knitted spacer fabrics are much more breathable substrates for cushions, seats, mattresses etc. They also have higher thermal conductivity and lower thermal resistance than PU foam products.

Mr T Sureshram , Scientific Officer, SITRA- Centre for excellence Medical textiles, talked about the Medical Textiles related services provided by SITRA, Coimbatore. As part of its mandate, SITRA COE has been providing the following services to the stakeholders in medical textiles - Testing and evaluation of Meditech products, Information Resource Centre in the area of Meditech, Facilities for indigenous development of prototypes , Training of man power for production of Meditech products, Setting up of standards at par with global level , Conducting contract research for process and product development and preparation of detailed project reports (DPR).

Dr Sucheta Markan , Manager, Biotech Consortium India Limited highlighted the importance of developing innovative products and taking them to the stage of commercialisation. She talked about the activities of the BCIL and presented to the entrepreneurs present in the audience several products developed by BCIL which are patented and ready for transfer to industry for commercialisation. One product that evoked a lot of interest in the audience was the patient transfer sheet used to transport patients with spinal injuries.

Mr S Raja Gopalan , Head of Business Navigation & innovation at Spendour Medicare Technologies, Coimbatore talked about Medical textiles as an entrepreneurship option in the country. He started by saying that India is a huge market for quality healthcare products but most hospitals favoured imported goods since they are certified & benchmarked. However, their use stays limited to the corporate/private hospitals or depends on large government subsidy or put a huge burden on the patient's purse. Thus indigenous production is a welcome opportunity. He pointed out that Indian SMEs do not have the eco-system like supply of bulk rolled goods, advance materials, machinery, trained staff, infrastructures, testing, and limitation in policies / laws & funding to support this sector. And closed by saying that ‘Leadership cannot be outsourced anymore' and that Indian entrepreneurs should come forward and take up the challenge of “make in India” as far as medical goods is concerned.

The Panel discussion at the end of the day featured some prominent members of the textile and medical fraternity as well as companies producing medical products. Dr SK Chaudhuri , Chairman INO moderated the panel discussion. Other panelists included Dr Rajan Datt, MD of Datt Mediproducts (one of the largest medical textiles producing company in the country), Dr Subhash Anand of University of Bolton who represented the research fraternity and Mr Sunil Sharma of Norma Company who is a prominent manufacturer and supplier of medical products in the country. Mr Pankaj K Gupta of iECEN represented the Italian Chamber of commerce. They debated on the status, strengths, weaknesses and future potential of the Medical textiles sector in India. The audience also participated actively in the discussions. A common conclusion from the debate was that there is immense potential for growth and development in the area of medical textiles in the country but there are challenges too. The growth has to be led by R&D activity by institutes such as IIT Delhi and AIIMS. A consortia approach involving the academia, doctors and the industry was proposed as the way forward.

All agreed that it was for the first time that the various stakeholders had been able to come out of their respective spheres to share their requirements as well as concerns in the field of medical textiles through the platform provided by the Medical textiles Conclave 2015. It was also agreed that the dialogue thus initiated must continue and some meaningful relationships formed to take the field forward. Other specific recommendations that emerged from the discussion are compiled below.




NITRA – NISTI Jointly Hosts Seminar on Application of Carbon Composites in Textiles

 A one-day seminar on Application of Carbon Composites in Textiles was jointly organized by NITRA, the premier textile research association in the country and NISTI , an international association promoting professionalism and providing global network for textile industry, on 2nd January 2015 at NITRA, Ghaziabad. Apart from Dr Arindam Basu , Director General, NITRA, Mr Kuldeep Sharma , Chairman, NISTI, Mr Abhijit Pal , Officiating Director, NITRA, scientists and technical officers from NITRA, members of NISTI and a large no. of Textile Technology students from NITRA's academic wing NTC was present at the event. Mr Atul Guglani , pioneer researcher, engineer, entrepreneur and Director, Mantex Technologies, Indonesia was the soul speaker on the occasion. In a series of 4 part presentation, Mr Guglani very interestingly spoke about his company and about the incredible solutions it has rolled. The presentation was comprised of today's key issues such as Carbon Composites, Digital Density Disruptor, Visual Analysis of Yarn Quality vis-à-vis Capacitive Measurement of Faults, and Dye bath Recirculation. The audience listened to it with rapt attention and took part in a lively post-presentation interaction.

The major development has been the Ring Spinning Tubes made out carbon composites which are expected to bring revolution in the textile spinning industries by bringing unexpected & enormous benefits. The ring tubes are having quite less wt. (8 to 14 grams against standard tubes of 42 grams) and less wall thickness (0.5 to 0.8 mm against standard tubes of about 2.5 mm). 
Tangible benefits are approx 5% productivity gain, 5% content gain, 5% power gain and improvement in efficiency to the tune of 0.5%. Paybacks are expected in less than 9 months with estimated ROI of 133%.

Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA) , certified by ISO 9001:2008, is one of the prime textile research institutes in the country. It was jointly established by the textile industry and Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India in 1974 at Ghaziabad, for conducting applied scientific research and providing support services to Indian textile industry. 
Today 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 decentralised power loom sector through its eight centers located at Tanda, Kanpur, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Benaras (all in U.P.), Panipat (Haryana), Ludhiana (Punjab) and Bhilwara (Rajasthan).

The organization has a clientele of about 1200 textiles and allied sector units that includes overseas clients from UK, Spain, Indonesia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Sudan, Bangladesh and Nepal.
NITRA recently has launched its new academic wing,   NITRA Technical Campus (NTC)   to cater to the manpower requirements of the complete textile and apparel supply chain. NTC offers 4 year B. Tech programs in Textile Technology, Textile Chemistry and Computer Science & Engineering. NITRA also offers more than 100 training programs for textile and apparel sector under the Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India.

Mr Kuldip Kumar Sharma (Chairman NISTI) urged the DG, NITRA who was also the section chair at Bangalore earlier, to be the corporate member for the benefit of faculty and students. The scientists of NITRA may also take advantage of higher qualification, recognitions offered by TI Manchester. NISTI has also assured the required support in this direction. Mr Sharma also solicited the support of NITRA in participation/organization of NISTI's International conference next year.Joint Secretary Mr Shailesh Kaushik and Mr Dilip Gyanchandani. Committee members of NISTI expressed Thanks for event and hospitality organized by NITRA.





Development of Three Dimensional Pressure Relieving Cushions for Prevention of Pressure Sores seminar was organized by the Institute of Apparel Management (IAM) & ATDC, Gurgaon 11 December, 2014.
Dr Subhash Anand (MBE; Comp. TI; CText. FTI ) who is Professor of Technical Textiles at the Institute for Materials Research and Innovation (IMRI), The University of Bolton, U.K. made the  presentation to the August audience of TI members, students and faculty of IAM and dignitaries from industry an academic institution.

The various innovative and unique features of the Airospring® Cushions are that they are much better at reducing peak pressures under the bottom than PU foam cushions, they distribute the pressure evenly over much larger areas of the cushions or seats than PU foam cushions, they conform to the shape of the body and have sufficient compression resistance to support the person without “Bottoming Out”, they provide a well-ventilated, comfortable surface that does not unduly restrict movement, they can be laundered in the washing machine, are non-flammable and can be easily recycled, they are particularly beneficial to the persons who are prone to developing pressure sores, due to prolonged periods of sitting in the wheel chair and other support systems.

Mr Kuldip Kumar Sharma ( Chairman- NISTI) congratulated new corporate member and reaffirmed the faith to provide value added services to TI members.
He further proposed development of incubation, innovation and entrepreneurship center at member's premises and confirmed support/inputs by expertise of TI members in India and overseas under the banner of TI Manchester. He further proposed a joint international conference next year and requested the corporate member to deliberate Title, timing and organization of the same in consultation with EC of NISTI.

Dr Darlie Koshy (DG & CEO, IAM & ATDC) expressed his satisfaction as a member and the services offered by NISTI. His rich exposure with NID & NIFT is an added asset for furtherance of NISTI activities in North India. His welcome address was thought provoking with a vision for the growth of both the Institutions.

Mr Somesh Singh (Joint Director-IAM) lead by faculty members comprising Ms Nitu Kapur Sethi and Ms. Gurpreet Kaur took active interest in organization of the seminar.
Soon after the seminar a core group of NISTI members together with IAM & ATDC faculty members deliberated the idea of business plan contest during forthcoming activity of IAM in Feb'15. Program ended with cheerful note and further commitment for eventful year ahead






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