Vikash Sharma

Under the flagship programme of National Technical Textiles Mission (NTTM), the Ministry of Textiles has given clearance to two guidelines- ‘General Guidelines for Enabling of Academic Institutes in Technical Textiles- for Private & Public Institutes’ and ‘General Guidelines for Grant for Internship Support in Technical Textiles (GIST)’.

As per official sources, a grant of up to Rs 20,000 per student per month shall be provided to the empanelled companies for providing internships to B.Tech students of relevant departments/specializations in public/private institutes under the GIST guidelines.

This is likely to provide a boost for cutting-edge research, production, and innovative applications related to technical textiles.

The clearance was given during a meeting of the empowered programme committee (EPC), informed Secretary Textiles, Rachna Shah on Thursday.

As per a PIB report, ‘General Guidelines for Enabling of Academic Institutes in Technical Textiles- For Private & Public Institutes’ guidelines will enable new technical textiles degree programme (UG & PG) and updating of existing conventional degree programmes with new papers of technical textiles.

The Ministry of Textiles intends to develop an eco-system in technical textiles not only in textile field but other disciplines of engineering like Civil, Mechanical, Electronics, agriculture institutes, medical colleges and fashion institutes.

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General Guidelines for Grant for Internship Support in Technical Textiles (GIST) shall be conducted in two phases, (i) empanelment of the eligible companies, (ii) internship program Rs 20,000 per student (B.Techstudentsin2nd/3rd/4th year of the relevant departments/ specializations of eligible private/ public institutes) per month shall be provided to empanelled companies, subject to the maximum period of 2 months of funding support for internship period.

Eligible agencies will be textile industries with turnover of more than Rs10 crores, textile research associations under the ministry and textile machinery manufactures. The empanelled industries/ institutions can give training to engineering institutes of concerned discipline in public funded institutions and also to private institutions with NIRF ranking upto 200, PIB reported added.

The guidelines cover the funding of upgradation/enhancement of laboratory equipment, training of lab personnel and specialized training of faculty members of the relevant department/specialization in the university/institute with respect to undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate degree programmes.

This will cover public funded institutions and also private institutions having NIRF ranking. The assistance for introducing full course in technical textiles an be upto 20 crores PG course and upto 10 Crores at UG level. At UG level introducing one mandatory subject and few electives, grant upto 7.5 crores may be given, the report added.

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