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Skill development programme organized for supporting staff of ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai

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Training on Skill Development for Supporting Staff was organized on 12th March 2019 at this Institute. Six participants have attended this training programme. This programme comprised of lectures and group interactions covering the subject areas of motivation, team work, positive thinking, awareness about general administration, leave rules and record keeping. Dr. P. G. Patil inaugurated the training and taught the trainees about the importance of punctuality, self-responsibility, team work, positive thinking and SWOT analysis of oneself. He also arranged for a group-practical session to reiterate the trainees about the importance of winning together in a team. Other resource persons of this training programme were Dr. V. G. Arude, Dr. P.S. Deshmukh, Shri. S. V. Kokane, Shri. Sunil Kumar and Mrs. Sujata Koshy. This training programme was organized by Dr. N. Vigneshwaran, HRD Nodal Officer and Dr. T. Senthilkumar, HRD Co-Nodal Officer. The programme ended with feedback session and certificates distribution. 


Research Advisory Committee Meeting held at ICAR-CIRCOT

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The 25th Research Advisory committee (RAC) meeting was held during 26-27 February, 2019 in the Conference room to review the progress of research during the last year. Dr. Nawab Ali, Chairman, RAC presided over the meeting. Members of RAC Dr. G. S. Nadiger, Former Director of Laboratories, Textiles Committee, Mumbai, Dr. Narendra G Shah, Professor, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas, IIT, Mumbai, Dr. B. K. Behera, Head, Department of Textile Technology, IIT, New Delhi, Dr. Debasis Nag, Former Director, NIRJAFT (now NINFET) and Dr. S. N. Jha, ADG (PE), ICAR were present. Members of the Institute Management committee and representative of farmers Shri D. B. Sawale Patil, and Smt. K. S. Somvanshi also attended the meeting.
Dr. P. G. Patil, Director presented the overall achievements of the institute in his welcome speech. Dr. V. G. Arude, Member Secretary RAC presented the action taken report on 24th RAC proceedings. The progress of research work for past one year was presented and the committee appreciated the contributions made by institute in the area of research, skill development, commercialization and revenue generation. The committee deliberated on the work being done and provided valuable inputs and directions for future course of research. 
A publication in Hindi “ICAR-CIRCOT - Rooprekha” was released by the RAC chairman and members.  A MoU was signed between ICAR-CIRCOT and M/s. Plantebase Ventures Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai for “Development of starch based film for packaging” during the meeting.
RAC member Dr. Narenedra G. Shah, Professor, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai delivered a lecture on "Choosing a Research Problem and Delivering a Prototype Solution: Some Case Studies in Agro-process Engineering" on 27-02-2019.   

International Women’s Day Celebration at ICAR-CIRCOT

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ICAR-CIRCOT celebrated International Women’s Day at the institute’s conference Hall at 10:00 am on 8th March 2019 as desired by the Hon'ble AM on the theme "Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change". Dr. P. G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT introduced the gathering about history of Women’s Day celebration. He emphasized on role of women in history of India and World. The event was succeeded by poetry reading and speech by Women staff members. All the staff enthusiastically participated in the event and expressed their constructive thoughts during thematic celebration. Live webcast of Hon’ble PM’s address was also watched by staff members.

ICAR-CIRCOT organized interactive workshop with textile industries on Eco-friendly salt free dyeing technology at Tiruppur, Tamilnadu

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ICAR-CIRCOT with the collaboration of Atal Incubation centre of NIFT TEA (AIC-NIFT TEA), Tiruppur, Tiruppur Exporters Association(TEA) and Dyers Association of Tiruppur (DAT), organized an interactive workshop on  salt free dyeing technology on 1st March 2019 at Tiruppur. It is worth to mention that Tiruppur, a small town near Coimbatore is a hub of knit processing industries with the annual turnover of Rs. 40000 crores comprising Rs. 250000 crore export and Rs. 15000 local market. Shri Raja Shanmugam, President, TEA,  Shri. Bhopathi, CEO, DAT and Shri. S. Periasamy, CEO, AIC-NIFT-TEA graced the function and  stressed the importance of adopting salt free dyeing technology for cotton due to the implementation of Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) based effluent treatment at Tiruppur.   Dr. P.G. Patil, Director, ICAR- CIRCOT, chief guest of the event briefed the audience about various R & D works being carried out by the institute for the benefit of textile processing industries including salt free dyeing technology. Dr. A.S.M. Raja, Principal scientist of ICAR-CIRCOT made an elaborate presentation about the eco-friendly salt free dyeing technology developed by the institute and clarified the various technical queries raised by the participants. Dr. A.Arputharaj Scientist and Dr G. Krishna Prasad, Scientist presented the various technologies developed by the institute such as antimicrobial finishing, mosquito repellent finishing, flame retardant finishing, colored cotton processing, calibration cotton etc. The interactive workshop had drawn good response with participation from nearly 70 industries from Tiruppur, Erode, Karur and Bengaluru .

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