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Timeline & Achievements

  • 1924 - Dr. A. J. Turner takes charge as Director of Technological Laboratory (now CIRCOT).
  • 1924 - First spinning test conducted in Asia in the Technological Laboratory.
  • 1925 - Development of a test method on fumigation of imported cotton for killing live boll weevils, and conduct of fumigation in the Mumbai Port.
  • 1927 - Study on Blowroom treatment on cotton
  • 1928 to 1931 - Sample of textiles, specimens of fabric over an ancient relic recovered from the archaeological Excavations at Mohenjo-Daro were investigated and the fibres identified as ‘cotton’.
  • 1929 - Commencement of the project on evaluation of representative trade varieties of Indian cottons
  • 1930 - Setting up of moisture testing Lab by Technological Laboratory in the cotton exchange building of (East India Cotton Association (EICA)
  • 1932 - First training course on cotton technology for persons deputed by industry conducted.
  • 1933 - The First Edition of the Handbook on ‘Methods of Tests on Fibre, Yarn and Cloth’ compiled and published. Revised and published again in the years 1948, 1966-67, 2002-03 and 2008.
  • 1940 - Recognized as the official testing house for the mills in Bombay Province by the Indian Stores Department.
  • 1936 to 1962 - Development of the unique ‘Micro spinning technique’, where a small quantity of lint obtained from an individual plant could be subjected to actual spinning test. This enabled the breeders to obtain comparative spinning values of quite a large number of new strains in a much shorter period of time than before and at an earlier stage of propagation. This technique is being used even today for evaluating breeders’ samples under AICCIP and other research projects.
  • 1954 - Launching of Isttechno-economic survey of Indian ginning industry.
  • 1958 - Bombay University recognizes CIRCOT for postgraduate research in Physics (Textiles).
  • 1961 - Institute participated in the Calibration program of USDA for Micronaire and Pressley Tests.
  • 1965 - CTRL included for International Cotton Calibration programme for micronaire arbitration by IFCATI, ACSA, and EICA.
  • 1967 - CIRCOT (then CTRL) becomes one of the centers of work of All India Coordinated Research Project on Cotton (AICCIP). Director, CTRL was nominated as the principle investigator, to coordinate the technological aspects under the AICCIP, initiated by ICAR. This development led to a greater coordination between CTRL and breeders, and considerably increased the tempo of research work at CTRL since technological research work was very much needed to promote the cotton in the Textile mills where quality and productivity are the only yardsticks needed by the cotton merchants. The AICCIP project is continuing till date. What about award?
  • 1974 - CIRCOT celebrated its Golden Jubilee.
  • 1979 - Advent of Rotor Spinning technology in India, with setting up research facility at CIRCOT.
  • 1985 - Setting up of Ginning Training Centre at Nagpur, Ist of its kind in Asia.
  • 1986 - Inauguration of multi-storey laboratory building
  • 1999 - Launching of much acclaimed Cotton Technology Mission by Govt. of India and CIRCOT’s active participation.
  • 1999 - Celebration of Platinum Jubilee and inauguration of Jubilee hall.
  • 2004 - CIRCOT won “Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award” for its best performance in Agricultural Research and Education
  • 2005 - Establishment of particle board plant of one Tonne per day capacity at GTC Nagpur.
  • 2008 - Foundation stone laid for a new multi-storey “YashwantraoChavan building” of CIRCOT.
  • 2011 - CIRCOT participated in hosting the World Cotton Research Conference (WCRC) in Mumbai, Ist time in Asia.
  • 2013 - CIRCOT won “Best Performing NAIP Business Planning and Development unit for Technology commercialization” at the Agri-tech investors meet-2013.
  • 2014 - Establishment of pilot plant for production of Nanocellulose with 10 kg per day capacity.
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