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Shri. Parshottam Rupala, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Panchayati Raj, Govt of India visited ICAR-CIRCOT

Shri. Parshottam Rupala, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Panchayati Raj, Govt of India visited ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai on 24th October 2016. Hon’ble Minister visited various research laboratories, nanocellulose pilot plant and exhibition cum visitors’ room of the Institute. Dr. P.G. Patil, Director welcomed the Hon’ble Minister and briefed about the research activities and achievements of the Institute.
Hon’ble Minister Shri. Parshottam Rupala addressed all the staff members and appreciated the work done by the Scientists in the field of post-harvest processing of cotton and by-products’ utilization / value addition. Also, he lauded the establishment of India’s first Nanocellulose Pilot Plant facility at CIRCOT, Mumbai and emphasized the need to exploit its potential through product development.
Hon’ble Minister stressed the importance of Technology Transfer from Lab to Land for the benefit of farmers and other stakeholders. He also stressed upon the need to promote the use of cottonseed oil as an edible oil in lieu of the current dependence on imported edible oil. As CIRCOT is the only Institute in India working in the areas of utilization of cotton, its by-products and biomass, Hon’ble Minister felt the need for modernization of infrastructure and strengthening of manpower.
Shri. Suresh Kotak, Chairman of Indian Society for Cotton Improvement and Chairman, Kotak Foundation briefed the importance of research & development to promote cotton based textiles to tackle the threat posed by man-made fibres.





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ICAR-CIRCOT celebrating “Swachh Pakhwada”

ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai is celebrating “Swachh Pakhwada” during 16-31 October, 2016 as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Programme. On 16.10.2016, 10.00 am, Dr. P. G. Patil, Director, administered oath to all the staff of ICAR-CIRCOT for making India Swachh. During his address, he highlighted the importance and benefits of cleanliness and hygiene in the office premises and surroundings. He also informed various cleanliness drives undertaken by the institute since 2nd October, 2014 like condemnation of unserviceable articles, extension of vehicle shed, clearing debris present in the premises etc.,
After that, all the staff members participated in the cleanliness drive in the institute premises to segregate & clean the garbage / debris / unserviceable items lying in the basement of the Dr. V. Sundaram Building, Chemical and Biochemical Processing Division and backside of Yashwant Rao Chavan building by forming human chains from 10.30 am to 12.00 pm. At the end of the programme, Director appreciated the efforts put by the staffs to make the institute neat and clean.
On 19.10.2016, Institute conducted another cleaning programme at staff quarters, Mahim located 3 KM away from the institute from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm to clean the surrounding of the quarters. In this cleaning drive, all the employee of the institute contributed whole heatedly to clean the premises.

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Training programme on Fibre & Yarn Quality Management in Spinning

A three day training programme on “Fibre & Yarn Quality Management in Spinning” was organised at ICAR- CIRCOT during October 5-7, 2016. The training was attended by breeders from agricultural universities, students from academic institutions and industry personnel. The training focussed on fibre quality aspects, relation between fibre and yarn quality, modern spinning systems, post spinning operations and yarn quality analysis. The participants were also taken to the nearby Spinning industry to provide them exposure in a commercial setup. The Training concluded with the distribution of the participation certificates to the trainees by the Director, Dr. P.G. Patil, during the valedictory session held on 7th October, 2016. The feedback received from the participants was positive and they expressed satisfaction over the course content, lectures and deliberations.


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