One day National seminar in Hindi on “Advanced Processing Technology of Natural Fibres and their Value Added Products”was organized by ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai in collaboration with Indian Fibre Society (IFS) on 2nd June, 2018 at Jubilee Hall of the institute at Mumbai. Dr. P. Alli Rani, Chairman cum Managing Director of the Cotton Corporation of India, Navi Mumbai was the chief guest and Shri Vinay Kotak, Associate Vice President of Cotton Association of India was the guest of Honour. Dr. P.G. Patil, Director CIRCOT in his welcome address spoke on the importance of natural fibres today, the work carried out by CIRCOT in field of cotton and other natural fibres and the objective of organizing this seminar in Hindi. Dr. R. P. Nachane, Chairman, IFS told about the objectives and activities of Indian Fibre Society. Shri Vinay Kotak, in his speech talked about the need to establish Indian cotton as a brand. Shri R.K.Gupta, General Manager (Finance/Rajbhasha), CCI gave a presentation on the history and role of CCI. Dr. P. Alli Rani in her inaugural address expressed happiness over coming together of various organisations working on cotton and other natural fibres through this seminar and stressed upon the need to find out the ways to exploit the large fibre production base of the country for the betterment of its farmers. Book of papers of the seminar in the form of the special Issue of the institute Hindi home magazine Ambar was released by the guests. Inaugural session ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. P.K. Mandhyan, Senior Scientist and organizing Secretary of the seminar.
It was followed by two technical sessions. The first technical session on Quality, Marketing and textile manufacture was chaired by Shri M. Ahmed, former Head of the Mechanical Processing Division of ICAR- CIRCOT and five papers were presented in this session. The second technical session on Processing and Value Addition was chaired by Dr. M.S. Kairon, former Director, ICAR- CICR, Nagpur and Dr. R.P. Nachane, former Head, Quality Evaluation and Improvement Division of ICAR-CIRCOT was the co- chairman. Six technical papers were presented in this session. The seminar ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. Sujata Saxena, Principal Scientist and joint Secretary, IFS.