The first Dr. S.N. Pandey Memorial lecture was jointly organized by the ICAR- Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT) and the Indian Fibre Society (IFS), Mumbai on 24th January, 2020 in the Jubilee Hall of ICAR- CIRCOT at 3.30 PM. This inaugural lecture was delivered by Mr. C. N. Sivaramakrishnan, Industry Consultant & Chartered Colourist on Technological Options for Sustainable Processing of Textiles.
The programme started with the ICAR song. Dr. P.G. Patil, Director, ICAR- CIRCOT and Chairman, IFS then welcomed the speaker and the gathering and offered floral tributes to Dr. S.N. Pandey, former Director, ICAR- CIRCOT and founding Chairman of the Indian Fibre Society. Dr. R. P. Nachane, President, IFS and former Head, QEID. ICAR- CIRCOT gave a brief about late Dr. S. N. Pandey. He told that Dr. Pandey was an excellent researcher with more than 400 publications and many patents to his credit and his main field of interest was textile processing and finishing and by product utilization. He was an able administrator also and at one point of time, he was successfully holding the charge of the Director of three ICAR institutes viz. JTRL, Kolkata, CRIJAF, Barrackpore and CIAE, Bhopal. Though he was the Director of CIRCOT for a short time of 5-6 months only but he could achieve many things like formation of Indian Fibre Society and organization of a seminar in a five star hotel without any funding support from the ICAR/institute. Dr. Sujata Saxena, Principal Scientist & Head I/c, CBPD, ICAR- CIRCOT and Secretary, IFS introduced the speaker Mr. C. N. Sivaramakrishnan, well- known textile consultant with long experience in wet processing and Speciality Chemicals Manufacturing Industries to the audience. Mr. Sivaramakrishnan in his lecture spoke at length about sustainability and the technological advances today available to the textile processors to make this industry more sustainable. He said that use of ultra-low liquor ratio machines and combining of two or more processing steps can result in substantial savings of resources. Recycling of process chemicals and water and their reuse are the need of hour in view of the zero liquid discharge norms prescribed by the regulations. Eco regulations for the finished products are also getting stricter and due to the fragmented nature of textile value chain, caution has to be exercised in procurement of inputs at each and every step of manufacturing process to eliminate the risk of inadvertent incorporation of banned substances such as phthalates, heavy metals etc. in textiles. Question and answer session then followed and the programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Sujata Saxena. There was good participation from textile researchers in the programme.