ICAR-CIRCOT being a pioneer in research and development in post-harvest technology of cotton has been active in educational activities since its early days. Educational activities of ICAR-CIRCOT was initiated way back in 1932 when it conducted the first training course on cotton technology for persons deputed by industry. Subsequently, in the year 1958 Bombay University recognized the Institute for postgraduate research in Physics (Textiles) and continues to be recognized by the University for M. Sc. and Ph. D. courses.  In 1985 ICAR-CIRCOT set up Ginning Training Centre at Nagpur - first facility of its kind in Asia to provide advanced training on cotton ginning. Presently, Institute’s Scientists are also recognized as co-guides for post-graduation and Ph.D. by Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT) Mumbai, Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth Dapoli, University of Agricultural Sciences Raichur, VJTI Mumbai and SNDT Women’s University Mumbai.

Courses recognized by The University of Mumbai:

The University of Mumbai has accorded permanent recognition to ICAR-CIRCOT for guiding students leading to M.Sc. (by research) in subjects: Physics, Bio-physics, Microbiology, Physical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry and Ph.D. in Physics and Microbiology.

The Institute presently provide M. Sc. and Ph. D. program in physics and microbiology under University of Mumbai. Following are the list of scientists recognized by University of Mumbai as Research Guides:

Recognized Research Guides Academic Program Subject Areas
Dr. R.H. Balasubramanya (Retd.) M.Sc. and Ph.D Microbiology
Dr. R.P. Nachane (Retd.) M.Sc. and Ph.D Physics
Dr. N. Vigneshwaran M.Sc. and Ph.D Microbiology
Dr. V. Mageshwaran M.Sc. Microbiology

Training Courses at CIRCOT, Mumbai

CIRCOT, Mumbai organises regular training programmes on quality evaluation of cotton fibres, yarn dyeing, bio-scouring, application of nanotechnology, by-product utilisation etc. Tailor- made international training programmes on post-harvest technologies on cotton for Afro-Asian countries are also conducted by the institute.

Training Courses at GTC, Nagpur

Ginning Training Centre of CIRCOT located in Nagpur, Maharashtra is a unique and only one research and training centre of its kind in Asia. This centre imparts theoretical and practical training on Double Roller Ginning Technology, Fibre Quality Evaluation and by-product utilization of cotton and cotton stalks for gin owners, managers, supervisors, fitters etc.

Special Training Courses

CIRCOT, Mumbai conducts Special Training Courses on advanced topics for the benefit of both academics and entrepreneur

Hands-on Training:

ICAR-CIRCOT also imparts 1 to 6 months hands-on training especially in the fields of textile technology, textile chemistry, biomass utilization, microbiology and nanotechnology to Postgraduate students leading to submission of dissertation as a part of course curriculum, as per the guidelines given by ICAR.

Central Sector Scholarship Schemes for SC and ST students:

ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai figures in the revised list of 158 top class institutes identified by Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India (F.No. 11019/02/2010-Ediu, dated 20th April 2015). At present, two Central Sector Scholarship Schemes of Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF) for ST students and Top Class Education for ST students are implemented by Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India to provide financial assistance for pursuing higher education of ST students. Students belonging to ST category students can avail benefits under these schemes if they get enrolled in this institute. Students can avail fellowship under these schemes based on eligibility criterion as per the guidelines given in the website

Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF): Government of India launched a Central Sector scheme namely, Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship during the financial year 2005-06 to increase opportunities to students from Scheduled Castes for pursuing higher education leading to M. Phil. and Ph. D. degrees. The scheme as revised with effect from 1.4.2010, caters the requirements of the Scheduled Caste students for pursuing research degree in universities, research institutions and scientific institutions. Complete information about this scheme is available at

The Scheme for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes is formulated and funded by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment and Ministry of Tribal Affairs, respectively. The scheme is open to candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste & Scheduled Tribe and wish to pursue higher studies such as regular and full time M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology. There are 2000 slots for Scheduled Caste and 667 slots for Scheduled Tribe candidates every year for all the subjects. Online application is available in the website

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