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Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology(CIRCOT) situated at Mumbai. CIRCOT was established in the year 1924, at Mumbai, Maharashtra, CIRCOT is a unit under the Division of Agricultural Engineering of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India) engaged in research and development activities in cotton technology. The Institute is an acknowledged leader for well over 85 years in the field of testing, standardisation and development of test methods for different types of textile materials.

Cotton TAP for Africa:  In Country Training Programme on “Post-harvest Management of Cotton and Value Addition to Cottonseed and Crop Residues” conducted at Uganda and Malawi under Cotton TAP by ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai

CIRCOT conducted “In- country training programme on Post-harvest Management of Cotton and Value Addition to Cottonseed and Crop Residues" at Uganda and Malawi under Technical Assistance Programme (TAP) for development of cotton sector in African countries. It was implemented as per Second Africa-India Forum Summit (AIFS). Objective of this programme was to strengthen the human resource from government R&D, production and extension professionals and entrepreneurs from private sectors for post harvest management of cotton and utilization of cottonseed and crop residues.

A group of 25 professionals from Uganda and 21 professionals from Malawi from different organizations engaged in development of cotton sector viz., government and private sector, policy makers, production technologists, scientists, entrepreneurs were trained. Training cum workshop was conducted during 12-16, Nov, 2014 at Cotton Development Organization, Kampala, Uganda and during 17-19, Nov, 2014 at Bvumbwe Agricultural Research Station, Blantyre, Malawi.

CIRCOT scientists shared their experiences with participants from Uganda and Malawi about the various aspects of cotton technology suitable for African countries, viz. appropriate technologies for the cotton ginning, importance of cotton quality assessment, value addition to cottonseed and crop residues for preparation of value added products viz. briquettes, pellets, compost, particle boards, etc. The participants were also given hands on experience training at the ginning and cottonseed oil extraction industries. The field visits were also arranged in order to give industrial exposure to the participants. The participants were benefitted by the lectures, demonstrations, trainings, discussions and deliberations held during the programme. Further replicating India’s initiatives in productivity improvement, processing methods, and skill development, on farm practices and policies, post-harvest processing and value addition in cotton sector would benefit African countries. The suggestion and recommendation brought out during the wrap up discussions would benefit to improve the bilateral relations of India with both the countries and would be useful for building the future programmes for the strengthening the cotton sector in these countries.

Dr. P. G. Patil, Director, Er. A. K. Bharimalla, Senior Scientist and Er. V. G. Arude, Scientist from CIRCOT, Mumbai conducted and coordinated the programme at Uganda and Malawi.

ICAR-CIRCOT Team with delegates of Uganda at Cotton Development Organization,, Kampala

ICAR-CIRCOT Team with delegates of Malawi at Bvumbwe Agricultural Research Station, Blantyre


Training on Cottonseed: Scientific processing and Value-addition

Training on Cottonseed: Scientific processing and Value-addition A five days training on Cottonseed: Scientific processing and Value-addition was conducted at CIRCOT during 10 – 14 November 2014. Dr. S. Sreenivasan, Former Director, CIRCOT inaugurated the program as chief guest. The objectives of the training were to impart knowledge on scientific processing and diversified uses of cottonseed, to demonstrate value addition to cottonseed for economic prosperity and to impart knowledge of analytical methods for cottonseed analysis. The participants were Mr. Prashant M. Admane, Bajaj steel industries Ltd., Nagpur, Mr. Gaurav Patel, Ambica oil industries, Sabarkantha, Gujarat, Mr. Ravishankar Duraisamy, Dhanalakshmi Agro industries and Mr. R. Meghanathan, Bagylakshmi refineries, Tirupur.The training program covered both practical and theory on topics such as scientific processing of cottonseed, cottonseed products and its uses, analysis of cottonseed, Value- addition to cottonseed by fermentation technology, Economics and Business perspective on value addition to cottonseed. The program was helpful as a platform to have mutual discussion among scientists and industrialists also to bring out researchable issues in cottonseed processing from industries point of view.

Brainstorming session on scientific processing of cottonseed

A one-day brainstorming session on “Scientific processing of cottonseed” was held on 5th November, 2014 at 2:30 PM at Dr. V. Sundaram Committee Room of CIRCOT. This session was organized by Innovation Cell of CIRCOT. Dr. V. Mageshwaran, Member-Secretary, Innovation Cell introduced the topic “Scientific processing of cottonseed” by power point presentation. There were twenty-six persons representing academicians, cottonseed processors, All India Cottonseed Crushers Association etc. attended the meeting. The session began with the welcome by Dr. P.G. Patil, Director, CIRCOT to all the members. The session was chaired by Dr.S. Sreenivasan and co-chaired by Dr. A.J. Shaikh. The two hours discussion brought out researchable issues and policy issues in scientific processing of cottonseed. The researchable issues brought out were enhanced recovery of linters and oil, control of aflatoxin and free fatty acids during storage, gossypol –free edible protein, proper effluent treatment system etc. The policy issues brought out were efforts to bring cottonseed under oilseed commodity and to increase the proportion of scientific seed crushing from 5% to 15%. The meeting was ended with vote-of-thanks by Dr. Sujata Saxena, Head, CBPD, CIRCOT.

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ICAR-CIRCOT Training Programmes for 2014-15 Announced

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Dr. N. Vigneshwaran, Senior Scientist, CIRCOT received the NASI-SCOPUS (ELSEVIER) Young Scientist Award – 2014 in Agriculture Section.

Dr. Kartick K. Samanta, Scientist CIRCOT received the BEST oral presentation award in International Conference on Natural Fibres, August 1-3, 2014, Kolkata, Inaugurated by Hon’ble President Shri. Pranab Mukherjee.

ICAR Short Course on Application of Electrospun Nanofibre in Crop Health and Post-Harvest Technology


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Training Courses on COTTON GINNING TECHNOLOGY & QUALITY EVALUATION At GTC, NAGPUR, for the benefit of Cotton Ginners, Graders, Traders and Fitters: Please Contact: Dr. S. K. Shukla, Officer In-charge, Ginning Training Centre of CIRCOT, Amravati Road, P.O. Wadi, Nagpur 400 023. Telefax. +91 712 2500592. Cell No.9158507741, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tentative Training Calendar

Training Programmes at GTC, Nagpur from July 2014 to Dec-2014


Training Period

July 2014

14-18 July 2014

August 2014

18-23/08/2014 (Booked for M/s. Vishal cotton industries, Gujrat)

September 2014

01-06/09/2014 (Open for all Ginning supervisors, Cotton Traders, Graders, Ginning entrepreneurs and owners)

15-20/09/0214 (Booked for M/s. Manjeet Cotton Pvt. Ltd., Aurangabad (for Ginning fitters))

22-27/09/2014 Booked for M/s. Manjeet Cotton Pvt. Ltd., Aurangabad (for Ginning Supervisors)

October 2014

07-11, October 2014 training on  HVI

November 2014

10- 15, November 2014 training for ginners & supervisors

December 2014

15-19 December 2014

Entrepreneurship Development Programme for Technologies on Biomass Utilisation

An Entrepreneurship Development Programme (March 11-13, 2013) for Technologies on Biomass Utilisation, Focus: Particle Board and Nanocellulose was inaugurated by Dr. R. P. Kachru, Chairman, Research Advisory Committee (RAC) at CIRCOT, Mumbai on March 11th, 2013.  During his address Dr. Kachru appreciated the innovation-led and environment friendly technologies developed by CIRCOT for effective management of biomass, especially the cotton stalk that will not only increase farm income but will also provide impetus to rural employment through entrepreneurship development. Mr. Hemraj Singh, Chief General Manager, National Small Industries Corporation (West Zone) stressed upon the importance of the marketing for a successful enterprise and he listed the various schemes of NSIC, which facilitates marketing, credit, technology and other support services. Prof. Nandini Vaidyanathan, TED Speaker and Founder CARMa (Creating Access to Resources & Markets), Bangalore during her speech highlighted the importance of motivation for successful enterprise development and gave a brief account of strategies for the crisis management, structuring capital and marketing strategy. The delegates were also addressed by Mr. Suresh Kotak, Chairman, Kotak & Co. Ltd., Mr. Sudhir Bhargav, Member, Governing Body, ICAR. Dr. S. K. Chattopadhyay, Director, CIRCOT welcomed all the delegates and gave the background information on the purpose of organizing the EDP. Er. A.K. Bharimalla, Scientist & CPI, ZTM-BPD unit at CIRCOT presented the programme details and Dr. P. G. Patil, Head, Technology Transfer Division proposed the vote of thanks in the Inaugural function.

23 delegates from private industries, ginning & pressing industries, spinning mill owners and Govt. departments participated in this programme.  Lectures on issues related to technology, marketing, legal, IPR and financial support schemes were delivered by guest faculties from  IIT, Mumbai, ICRISAT, Hyderabad, Future Group –Mktg Strategy, Mumbai, Mihir Mgt. Services, Mumbai, RBI, SBI, NABARD,  MSME, Mumbai and Venture East, Hyderabad.  Practical demonstration of CIRCOT technologies were arranged.

A panel discussion was moderated by Dr. R. P Kachru with the panelists: Mr. Sudhir Bhargav, member, ICAR Governing Body, Dr. S. S. Sreenivasan, former Director, Dr. S. K. Chattopadhyay, Director, CIRCOT,  Animash Agarwal, Venture East, and  Ms Ritu Verma, Ankur Capital Advisors.


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