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Ginning Training Centre (GTC), Nagpur

Ginning Training Centre (GTC), Nagpur

The ginning training centre of CIRCOT was set up as a regional unit in 1985 at Nagpur. This centre has done yeomen service to the ginning industry by training gin fitters and technicians employed in ginning-pressing units dispersed all over India. In addition to training, this centre offers technical consultancy services to gin manufacturers. The Scientists at this centre are involved in research activities to address the problems faced by ginning industry.

Looking at the need and importance for capacity building and research for improvement of Indian ginning and pressing sectors and utilisation of cotton stalks and agro-residues, specially cotton stalks for preparation of value added products, ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT) established a Regional Unit at Nagpur named as Ginning Training Centre (GTC) in 1985 by utilising World Bank assistance through Integrated Cotton Development Programme (ICDP). This centre is unique of its kind and first in Asia and among 3-4 centres in the entire world that imparts training and carry out research exclusively on ginning, cotton by-product utilisations and value additions.


In addition to organising national and international training programmes, GTC pioneered in designing and development of several essential machines required for processing of cotton. Most prominent among them are cylinder type pre-cleaner amenable for cleaning of Indian hand-picked seed cotton, different variants of laboratory model single roller gins for ginning of small sample of cottons required for analysis of fibre parameters. More than 500 pieces each of the lab model gins and the cylinder type pre-cleaners have been sold to various end users including Africa and different part of Asia by CIRCOT licensed manufacturers.

GTC has distinction of obtaining and implementing a single country project funded by CFC, Netherlands under the supervision of ICAC, Washington DC, USA for preparation of particle boards from cotton stalks. GTC also promotes technology for briquetting and pelleting as alternative fuels and establishment of cottage industries for village level consumption.
GTC also organizes FLDs on clean cotton pickings, hosts ginners’ meet for modernisation and improvement of management practices of Indian ginneries and organised various awareness programmes for utilisation of cotton stalks for different end uses. Besides, the centre has been providing continuous technological support to the country’s cotton breeding programmes carried out under the All India Coordinated Cotton Improvement Project (AICCIP) and breeding support to cotton breeders and scientists.

Technical consultancy services and support offered by GTC to ginning and pressing factories for modernisation and liaisoning machinery manufacturers for design improvement have led to significant improvement in quality of lint produced from Indian ginning and pressing industry, which in turn resulted into revolution of Indian ginning industry and preference of roller ginned Indian cotton in the world market.

Facilities at GTC


    GTC is housed in a spiraling lush green campus of 30,000 square metre land situated at Amravati Road – a national highway connecting Nagpur and Mumbai. Nagpur popularly known as orange city is located in central part of India and has very good connectivity with New Delhi (Capital of India) and Mumbai by air, road and rail. The distance of GTC from Railway Station, Nagpur and Baba Saheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur is 7 and 15 km, respectively.
The GTC is equipped with all the latest ginning machines and allied infrastructural facilities i.e. latest double roller(DR) gins, fully automatic material handling systems, different types of cleaning machines, a most modern baling press, etc. Apart from an indigenous saw ginning system, GTC also possesses a Rotary Knife ginning plant and a modern fibre testing laboratory. In addition to cotton processing facilities, GTC is also equipped with a scientific cottonseed processing plant and a particle board preparation plant from cotton stalks.

Training Programme

GTC has experience of more than 25 years’ in imparting training on Cotton Classing, Ginning, Marketing and By-product Utilisations to entrepreneurs, supervisors, shop floor managers, traders, classers, breeders, gin fitters etc. Highly educated and well trained Scientists and Technical Officers are involved in delivering lectures and conducting practical. The curriculum has been enriched by expert lecturers and study tours to gin machinery manufacturers, modern cotton ginnery and spinning mills and cottonseed producers.


The centre has trained over 5000 trainees in last 10 years from different states of India and Africa as well. Recently, a training-cum exposure program on ‘Postharvest Management and Value Addition to Crop Residues’ of 2 weeks was organised by GTC in which 31 participants from 6 African countries have participated. The overall grading by the participants of the course including boarding and lodging facility was over 9.0 out of 10.0. GTC has arranged the visits of several delegations from African and Asian countries, particularly in last 5 years. In year 2010, GTC received 52 delegates sponsored by UNCTAD/WTO (ITC), Geneva for exposure visit from 7 African cotton growing countries.

Course Content for fitters:

  • Stapling of cotton for measurement of its length
  • Details of various components of the DR ginning machine
  • Gin settings for different fibre length for high productivity, less trash content and optimum maintenance
  • Beater settings
  • Trouble shootings
  • Maintenance of DR gins
  • Proper grooving & maintenance of rollers for better quality parameters
  • Change in gin setting in accordance with moisture content
  • Settings related to Pre Cleaner and Super Cleaner
  • Maintenance and regulation of air pressure at different point of ginning and detection of air leakage
  • Course Content for supervisors:
  • Fibre properties including preparation of staples
  • Energy consumption in ginneries
  • Electrical facts for ginneries like voltage, current, power, power factor etc.
  • Maintenance of quality of cotton
  • Increasing the productivity and production
  • Reduction in maintenance cost
  • Requirement of air pressure for different unit operations
  • Gin settings for different fibre length for high productivity, less trash content and optimum maintenance
  • Avoidance of fires in ginneries
  • Measurement of Ginning outturn and moisture content
  • Losses in ginneries

Course Content for supervisors:

  • Fibre properties including preparation of staples
  • Energy consumption in ginneries
  • Electrical facts for ginneries like voltage, current, power, power factor etc.
  • Maintenance of quality of cotton
  • Increasing the productivity and production
  • Reduction in maintenance cost
  • Requirement of air pressure for different unit operations
  • Gin settings for different fibre length for high productivity, less trash content and optimum maintenance
  • Avoidance of fires in ginneries
  • Measurement of Ginning outturn and moisture content
  • Losses in ginneries

Course Content for Technician

  • Calibration of HVI for ICC  HVI modes
  • Description of operation of HVI
  • Preparation of test reports
  • Interpretation of test results
  • Description of control atmosphere, air pressure and fibre properties etc.
  • Description of conventional instruments in relation to understand the basic principles of operation of HVI
  • Exhaustive practicals for operation of HVI
  • Manual / physical staple and verification of Fibre practice
  • Importance of conditioning of Cotton
  • What is dry oven method for testing moisture and how it is done?
  • What should be the sample size for cotton testing and which is the correct method to draw it from bale?

Participation in Training Programme conducted by GTC, Nagpur may please deposit training fee (i.e. Rs. 5618) in advance though RTGS/NEFT in the bank account of the ‘Officer In-charge’, GTC, Nagpur.

Bank Details:                SBI, Ravinagar, Nagpur; A/c. No.: 10199461255(Officer In-charge); IFS Code: SBIN0007504.

Contact Persons:          Dr. S. K. Shukla, Sr. Scientist & Officer In-charge, GTC, Nagpur

Phone no.:0712-2500592 ; Mob. No.: 9158507741
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Shri U. D. Devikar, Technical Officer, GTC, Nagpur

Phone no.:0712-2500592 ; Mob. No. 9763737133




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