As per the directives from the Council, February 12 – 18 every year is to be celebrated as the Productivity week by organising workshops, essay / painting /slogan competitions, debates with a view to spread the message of productivity amongst all stakeholders. The theme chosen for this year's observance was From Waste to Profits-through Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.
To commemorate the week, Dr. A.S.M. Raja, Sr. Scientist delivered a talk on From Waste to Profits-through Reduce, Recycle and Reuse on February 13, 2017 at the Jubilee Hall. Through a power point presentation, he highlighted value addition to cotton biomass for producing particle board, corrugated boxes; briquetting and pelleting for energy generation. On the same day, an essay competition was held on Profit generation from cotton and their by-products for the staff and for skilled support staff on Conversion of Agro waste to useful products in the afternoon. On February 18, i.e. on the concluding day, prizes were distributed to the winners of the essay competition.
The Twenty-third meeting of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of ICAR-CIRCOT was held in Dr. V. Sundaram Committee Room on February 08 and 09, 2017. Dr. Nawab Ali, Chairman, RAC presided over the meeting. The Member of the RAC present during the meeting are Dr. G. S. Nadiger, Research Advisor, SASMIRA & Former Director (Textile Committee), Dr. Anup Rakshit, Executive Director, Indian Technical Textile Association, Dr. Narendra G. Shah, Professor, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas (CTARA), IIT, Mumbai, Dr. Debasis Nag, Former Director, NIRJAFT, Kolkata and Dr. S. N. Jha, ADG (Process Engineering), ICAR, New Delhi. Dr. P.G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT presented the salient achievements and activities of the institute during the present plan period.
Dr. Nawab Ali, Chairman in his opening remarks suggested that the utilization of the cotton in the global scenario is dwindling and hence the institute should focus on the diversification of cotton application to improve the utilization of cotton and its value addition for the benefit of farmers and other stakeholders. Further efforts should be made to take the technologies developed in the institute to the stakeholders so that the benefit of the research could be harnessed. The committee felt that the research work should focus on improvement in quality, energy and water conservation and improvement in efficiency for protection of environment. The committee was of the opinion that the institute should focus on industry sponsored research and establish close linkage with stakeholders.
The progress of research activities carried out in the institute under different core areas during the period 2016-17 were presented. On the occasion of RAC, Dr. Nawab Ali, Chairman released two publications namely 1) ICAR-CIRCOT – A Profile and 2) Antimicrobial Cotton Bed Sheets.
As a part of the RAC brainstorming session on “Challenges facing Cotton sector and Role of ICAR-CIRCOT” at Mumbai on 8th February 2017 was organised. Representatives of cotton farmers, traders, industries, members of RAC and scientists participated in teh brainstorming session. Different issues related to cotton picking, trading, ginning, yarn, fabric and garment production technologies, sustainable chemical processing and cotton biomass utilization were deliberated.
Er. V. G. Arude, Scientist and Head I/C (MPD & Member Secratory RAC coordinated the proceeding of the RAC meeting.
ICAR-CIRCOT conducted a five days training programme on “Quality Evaluation of Cotton” during February 6-10, 2017 at Mumbai. This programme focussed on basics of cotton grading, quality evaluation and its importance in trading, fibre attributes and their impact on yarn quality, contamination in cotton, marketing and commercial aspects of cotton, ginning & mechanical processing and its effect on cotton economics, harvesting and storage practices and Indian cotton and its global importance. Practical classes and demonstrations on length, fineness, maturity, tenacity, cotton grades, spinning and yarn testing was conducted. Theory on fibre testing using High Volume Instrument (HVI) and Advanced Fibre Information System (AFIS) was taught and practically demonstrated. A visit to Cotton Association of India was also arranged to show the cotton museum and commercial grading of cotton. There were 6 participants from Cotton Trade and Industry and farming community. The trainees were having interaction with Research Advisory Committee of ICAR-CIRCOT, led by Dr. Nawab Ali, Chairman, RAC and former DDG (Engg.), ICAR, New Delhi. The training programme was conducted with the guidance and encouragement from Dr. P. G. Patil, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai.