Major events for the year 2021

One Day Institute Industry Entrepreneur Interface 2021 at ICAR-NINFET Campus

ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata organized One Day Institute Industry Entrepreneur Interface 2021 on March 9th, 2021 under ABI Project at its campus. 

Main objective of this programme was to interact and showcase some potential technologies developed at the Institute with Industries, MSME Sector performers and create a platform where everyone find them in a win-win situation. It also provided the best platform for showcasing the best practices, latest technological advancements, and their implementation and impact on the industry. As ICAR-NINFET used to deal with jute and JDP industries, the stakeholders were performing very important role. 

Top Officials from Jute Mills, Scientists from the Institute and fifty Start ups and ABI Members participated in the programme and benefitted a lot.

Dr. R. C. Maheshwari, Chairman, RAC ICAR-NINFET and Former V.C., S D Agricultural University was the Chief Guest of the Programme, while Dr. A. K. Sharma, Director, Indian Jute Industries Research Association(IJIRA), and Sri. S. K. Chandra, CEO & Director (Works), Hukumchand Jute Mills graced the chair of Guest of Honour.

Dr. D. B. Shakyawar, Director ICAR-NINFET welcomed and addressed the participants about the programme. Dr. A. N. Roy, PI-ABI and Head Transfer of Technology Division discussed about the importance of this programme.  

Sri. S. K. Chandra, CEO & Director (Works), Hukumchand Jute Mills shared his experiences about 40 years in this industry and confirmed about the golden future of golden fibre. He also encouraged the people who are working in JDP Sector a lot and assured for the raw material supply as per their requirement. Dr. A. K. Sharma, Director, Indian Jute Industries Research Association (IJIRA) expressed his willingness for collaborative research and other activities with this Institute. In the lectured in VC Mode by Dr. R. C. Maheshwari, Chairman, RAC ICAR-NINFET and Former V.C., S D Agricultural University, complemented ICAR-NINFET for organizing such event for the betterment of the Jute industry. He urged to the organizers for communicating and disseminating the Technologies, developed so far by the Institute, to the end users effectively. 

On this occasion a book entitled “ICAR-NINFET Agri-Business Compendium” was released in the presence of eminent dignitaries. This book was a compendium of potential technologies of ICAR-NINFET that are ready for commercialization and portfolio of 20 ABI Members who have shown commendable performances after taking different training from ICAR-NINFET and created strong networks with different SHG groups in different areas of West Bengal. 

After that a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Indian Jute Industries Research Association (IJIRA) and ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology (ICAR-NINFET) regarding R&D collaboration.

Then a presentation was made by the Scientists of the Institute regarding the potential technologies of ICAR-NINFET. At first Dr. D. P. Ray, presented about “NINFET-SATHI, a retting accelerator of Jute and Mesta” mentioning field application and profit to the farmers, followed by the presentation by Dr. Atul Sinha on “Microbial Retting of Barky Root Portion of Jute”. Dr. L. K. Nayak presented four machines, i.e., Machines for Extraction of Fibre from Flax Stalk, Device for Extraction of Fibre from Pineapple Leaves, A Double Roller Banana Pseudo-Stem Fibre Extractor and Sisal Fibre Extractor. Then Dr. Biplab Saha presented the Testing and Grading Instruments followed by Dr. Sanjoy Debnath, who described his technology related to Agro-Textile. After that Dr. S. N. Chattopadhyay presented about Bleaching and Natural Dying of Jute.  The presentation was concluded by Dr. A. N. Roy, who presented about activities of ABI-NINFET and facilities provided to MSME in Natural Fibre Sector.  

Shri Shiv Narayan Lahoti, Group President (Works), M/s The Empire Jute Co. Ltd., Kolkata delivered a brief presentation about their product profile and he showed some samples to the viewers. 

The Session was concluded with a Vote of Thanks by L. K. Nayak, Principal Scientist, ToT Division followed by and lunch and Institute visit.

Institute Industry Interface  2021Book launching at Institute Industry Interface 2021 Exchange of MoU at Institute Industry Interface 2021

Celebration of World Water Day on 22th March 2021

          ICAR-NINFET has celebrated the World Water Day 2021 - on 22.03.2021 in the Institute Auditorium. Dr. S.M.K. Naqvi, former Director of CSWRI, Avikanagar was the chief guest on the occasion. All the staffs of the Institute participated in the programme.

          Dr. D.B. ShakyawarDirector, ICAR-NINFET welcomed the chief guest. Dr. Biplab Saha, Principal Scientist & HOD, QE&I Division made one presentation on Importance of celebrating World Water Day along with the importance of water resources and its conservation. The chief guest Dr. S.M.K Naqvi in his address expressed his concern about the availability of clean water for human as well as animals and the bad effect of the polluted water on animals and plants. 

In the Vote of Thanks, Mr. Navin Kumar Jha, Senior Administrative Officer expressed his gratitude to the chief guest and all the participants for their participation in this successful event.

Intellectual Property Rights Clinic, 2021

ICAR-NINFET has organized the IPR Workshop 2021 - Intellectual Property Rights Clinic on 18.03.2021 in BPD Hall of the Institute. The IPR Clinic was intended to cover mainly International Patent Application and its procedure and the Natural Bio-Diversity Act and Related Issues in Agricultural Research & IP Protection. Another target of this Workshop was to identify and settle on the doubts faced by the researchers to file the patent internationally and their quarries about the NBA related issues.

All the Scientists, Technical Officers on and above T-5, SAO, AAOs (Adm. I, II, III and Audit), DDO, PS to Director, and four Scientists from different universities of India participated in the programme.

Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director, ICAR-NINFET welcomed the august participants.  He addressed to the participants regarding the importance of this types of Clinic. In the Introductory Speech, Dr. A. N. Roy, In-Charge, ITMU and PI, ABI and Head, TOT Division, stated about the importance of International patent filing and to explore the possibilities of filing patents in different countries where specific technology has the prospective opportunity. 

Mr. Anjan Sen, the enlisted Patent Attorney of ICAR, delivered lecture on ““International Patent Application and its procedure’’ very vigilantly followed by a prolong discussion about difficulties faced by the Inventors regarding legal matter. With the example and case study citation he elaborately discussed the subject in a best possible manner.

Dr. Sushil Kumar Mitra, Ex. Deputy Controller of Patent & Design, delivered lectures on “National Bio-Diversity Act and Related Issues in Agricultural Research & IP Protection’’. In his lecture he briefed the Biodiversity Acts and related national and international rules. He also made the participants vigilant about the violation and limitations of the Acts and its enforcement aspect. 

In the Vote of Thanks, Dr. S. B. Roy, In-Charge, PME Cell, expressed his gratitude to all the participants including the Resource persons for their deliberations to make of the Programme a successful event.  

IPR Clinic 2021IPR Clinic 2021Adv. Anjan Sen is delivering his lectureIPR Clinic 2021Dr. S. Mitra,  Ex. Deputy Controller of Patent & Design delivering his lectureVote of Thanks by Dr S B Roy

 7th Dr. P. B. Sarkar Memorial Lecture

The 7th Dr. P. B. Sarkar memorial lecture was organised by ICAR-NINFET to pay tribute to Late Dr. P. B. Sarkar on 11th March, 2021 at 3.30 pm at ICAR-NINFET auditorium. Late Dr. P. B. Sarkar, an eminent scientist in lignin chemistry and author of several books in organic chemistry, was the former Director of ICAR-NINFET (Formerly NIRJAFT), Kolkata during 1950-1967. Dr. D. B. Shakyawar, Director ICAR-NINFET delivered the welcomed address to the audience. Dr. S. N. Chattopadhyay presented the life-sketch of Late Dr. P. B. Sarkar to the audience. Dr. Ashwini K. Agrawal, Institute Chair Professor & Former Head of the Department, Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering, IIT-Delhi, a distinguished personality in the field of Textile Chemistry, delivered a lecture on “Nanotechnology: Journey from Lab to Market” in virtual mode. Over 100 participants including staff members of ICAR-NINFET, members of RAC, representatives from various textile institutions , Indian Jute Mill Association, National Jute Manufacturing Corporation, Jute Corporation of India, ICAR-CRIJAF, ICAR-CSWRI, ICAR-CIRCOT, IJIRA and former Staffs of ICAR-NINFET etc. joined the programme either in physical or virtual mode and made the programme a grand success. Total programme was coordinated by Dr L Ammayappan, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata. 
Tribute to Late Dr. P. B. Sarkar by Dr. D. B. Shakyawar, Director, ICAR-NINFET7th P.B. Sarkar memorial lecture by Dr. Ashwini K. Agrawal, IIT- Delhi (virtual mode)

Training Programme on “Proficiency Development on Quality Evaluation, Processing and Product Development of Natural Fibres” for Technical Staffs held during January 20-22, 2021 at ICAR-NINFET

 The ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata organized three days training programme on “Proficiency Development on Quality Evaluation, Processing and Product Development of Natural Fibres” for Technical Staffs during January 20-22, 2021. In this programme arrangement has been made for percolating comprehensive knowledge on quality evaluation, processing and product development of natural fibres along with general financial rules & office procedure, ERP, ICAR e-Office etc to enrich the knowledge and skills of the technical staffs for smooth functioning of official work and better assistance to the research activities of the organization.

Dr. K. K. Satapathy, Former Director, ICAR-NINFET graced the inaugural programme as Chief Guest and highlighted the importance of the skill development initiative under taken by ICAR-NINFET. He expressed his deep happiness for all round participation of technical staffs from ICAR-NINFET and UPTTI, Kanpur.

In his welcome address, Dr. D. B. Shakyawar, Director, ICAR-NINFET illuminated the salient achievements of the Institute and emphasized upon the HRD activities in the Institute. He outlined the future plan of action of the Institute for proficiency improvement of all categories of staffs.

Earlier, Dr. D. P. Ray, Principal Scientist and the Programme Coordinator briefed about the training programme with a detail outline of the events.

The training programme was conducted with support and co-operation of all NINFET family members. Various lectures were delivered by distinguished resource persons from ICAR-NINFET and other Institutes. Few lectures were organized in virtual mode and prominent speakers like Dr. B.S. Sontakki, Dr. Laxman Ahire from ICAR-NAARM, Hyderabad, Mr. P.K.Jain from ICAR-CRIJAF, Barrakpore and Mr. I.B.Kumar from ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar delivered wonderful lectures during their deliberations.

          Prof. (Dr.) Rabishankar Chattopadhyay, Professor, IIT Delhi graced the valedictory programme as Chief Guest and delivered a very pertinent lecture on natural fibre based small scale industry. In the programme, the trainees rendered their feedback and they were awarded with the participation certificates. The programme was ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. Manik Bhowmick, the Co-coordinator of the programme. 


 5th C. R. Nodder Memorial Lecture

The 5th C. R. Nodder Memorial Lecture was held in the memory of institute’s first Director, Late Mr. C. R. Nodder on 3rd January 2021 at ICAR-NINFET auditorium. Dr. S. Sengupta, Principal Scientist & Head MP Division briefly presented the life sketch of Late Mr. C. R. Nodder. Prof. (Dr.) S. M. Ishtiaque, Emeritus Professor, Department of Textile & Fibre Engineering, IIT Delhi delivered the 5th C.R. Nodder Memorial Lecture. In his address, he elaborately described the importance of natural fibre in preparation of different types of composites and their comparative performance with glass and ceramic composites. He also mentioned the use of composite in medical, automobile and building materials. He also described some instrument development based on the pattern blending and yarn uniformity. The programme was concluded with the formal vote of thanks by Dr. K. K. Samanta, Scientist, ICAR-NINFET. 

83rd Institute Foundation Day Celebration

The ICAR- National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata celebrated its 83rd Foundation Day today (3rd January 2021). In this auspicious occasion, Dr. S. N. Jha, ADG (PE), ICAR, New Delhi graced the programme as Chief Guest and delivered the 83rd Foundation day lecture. Dr. G. Kar, Director, CRIJAF, Barrackpore graced the programme as Guest of Honour. The programme was started with ICAR video song. In this foundation day, the HRD cell of ICAR-NINFET was inaugurated followed by lightening of Holi lamp by the Guest of Honour, Dr. G. Kar and Director, ICAR-NINFET, Dr. D. B. Shakyawar. The Programme was started with the welcome address by Dr. D. B. Shakyawar, Director of the Institute and told about importance of Natural fibre and the future road map of the institute.

Dr. N. C. Pan, Head C & BP Division expressed the importance of the day and hope the celebration will continue in future in the similar way. In this occasion, several awards were also given to the distinguished scientist, technical, administrative, supporting and contractual staffs. Two progressive farmers and two entrepreneurs were also felicitated for their important contribution in jute agriculture and technology implementation using ICAR-NINFET innovations.

Major events for the year 2020

 Celebration of Swachhta Pakhwada (16-31 Dec., 2020) at ICAR-NINFET


ICAR-NINFET observed Swachhta Pakhwada during 16-31, Dec., 2020. Pakhwada started with pledge taking by all staff members followed by various activities such as cleanliness drive at institute campus, awareness campaigning at MGMG adopted village, celebration of Farmer’s Day, digitization of office records and library books, tree plantation, essay writing competition, debate competition and poster competition.  A special lecture on swachhta delivered by Dr. D.P. Ray.  Swachhta Pakhwada ended with celebration of valedictory function on 31.12.2020.  Sh. Arunava Roy, Asst. Director of Program, East Zone, Doordarshan Kendra, Kolkata graced the Chair as a Chief Guest. He mentioned importance of cleanliness in our society. He also addressed the audience regarding clean environment and the responsibility of the citizen to keep our globe clean and green. Doordarshan Kendra, Kolkata media covered the program.The programme was ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. Rina Naiya, Nodal Officer, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata.


 Celebration of International Women’s Day at ICAR NINFET

 A woman is an epitome of beauty, wisdom and care. She has climbed the mountains and dived into the ocean; she has matched the steps with every man in the world. International Women’s Day-8th March celebrates the power of women – their rights and role in our lives and society. To salute the outstanding contribution of women in every sphere ICAR NINFET has arranged a programme to showcase the achievements of women and to establish the need for empowerment of women for progress of human community.

ICAR NINFET is a unique institution in the world working on Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology and conducts various training programme on Jute Hand Bags/ Shopping Bags, Jute Handicrafts/Ornaments and Bleaching and Dyeing etc to develop entrepreneur from grass root level throughout the year (list attached in Annexure I). The main target groups are rural women of the SHGs or Mahila Mandals, so that they can earn livelihood or can get some additional income to improve the financial status of the family. Two lady entrepreneurs& trainers came to the programme on 07th March, 2020 and explained how the trainings have imparted a vast change in the livelihoods of poor women of rural areas.

A debate competition has been arranged at 3.00 P.M on 7th March, 2020 at ICAR NINFET. The topic of the debate is “Women’s reservation in Society vs. Gender equality” (in English/Hindi/Bengali). All staff members (male and female) of the Institute spontaneously participated in the programme to make it a grand success. The programme ended with the note that -The best way to change the society and the underlying issues is to channelize the power of woman in every walk of life.


One day workshop on “Technological innovation under the Consortia Research Platform on Natural Fibres” on 21.02.2020 at ICAR-NINFET


One day workshop on “Technological innovation under the Consortia Research Platform on Natural Fibres” on 21.02.2020 was organized at ICAR-NINFET Kolkata at Institute auditorium. In this occasion, Dr. P. Chakraborty, Director, ICAR-NRC Yak, Dirang Arunachal Pradesh, and Dr. S.K. Roy, Principal Scientist, ICAR-ATARI, Kolkata, graced the Chairs as Guest of Honours. Dr. N.C. Pan, Director, ICAR-Natural Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology (NINFET) presided over the Session.

In his address, Dr. N.C. Pan, Director, ICAR-NINFET welcomed all the delegates from Krishi Vigyan Kendras, Universities and Research Institutes. He addressed that CRP on Natural Fibres (CRP-NF) is one of the platform projects approved under Agri-CRP by ICAR with is Nodal Centre at ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai. ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology, Kolkata been entrusted as co-operating Centre for executing CRP-NF project due to its vast experience and significant achievements in the research on natural fibres.  He reiterated that ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata is one of the prominent centres of platform since inception and actively involved in the research and development of value addition to different natural fibres like jute, sisal, flax, pineapple etc.

In his deliberation, Dr. S.N. Chattopadhyay, Co-Nodal officer & Principal Scientist, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata, highlighted that under the CRP on Natural fibres, ICAR-NINFET has developed important technologies, machines and process protocols such as grading instruments for sisal, flax, ramie and multifibres, efficient fibre extractors, eco-friendly processing for lignocellulosic fibres, value chain for yak fibre and light weight jute based carry bag.

Workshop on CRP

Dr. A.S.M. Raja, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai, Co-ordinator of Projects at Project Implementation Unit, ICAR-Central Institute of Research for Cotton Technology in his deliberation showcased the technologies developed through Consortia Research Platform on Natural Fibres. In technical session, respective PIs of the projects presented their output which was acclaimed by the house.

In second session, all the technologies developed through Consortia Research Platform were exhibited and demonstrated. 

Dr. S. Debnath, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata, offered the formal vote of thanks and total programme was coordinated by Dr. Deb Prasad Ray, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata.


Library workshop of ICAR-NINFET on 18.02.2020

Library workshop was organized by ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata on theme, “Citation index: An important tool for academic and research professionals” on 18.02.2020 at 2.00 P.M at Institute’s auditorium. Welcome Address given by Dr. N C. Pan, Director (Acting), ICAR-NINFET enlightened the theme of workshop and welcomed all the dignitaries, librarians of ICAR and other institutes.

            Dr. Binod Bihari Das, Ex Chief Librarian, Jadavpur University, Kolkata graced the chair as a Chief Guest. He emphasized that such a workshop is highly valuable for users’ awareness as well as for librarians and described the need for citation index and it’s essential requirements.

            Dr. N. C. Ghosh, Chief Librarian of Indian  Institute of  Management, Joka, Kolkata presented a paper entitled “Application of bibliometric indicators for assessing scientific performance: citation analysis and beyond”. He defined and highlighted history of citation index. He also mentioned important tools of citation index. Sh Jiban Krishna Pal, Scientific and technical professional, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata delivered lecture on “An integrated approach to evaluate research performance”.  He discussed calculation of citation index, logical propagation, growth and clusters of citations etc.

            Librarians from adjoining ICAR- research institutes /organizations, colleges and universities, Scientist, technical Officers, administrative staff of ICAR-NINFET participated in the workshop. Library workshop successfully completed with vote of thanks.

4th C.R. Nodder Memorial Lecture

The 4th C.R. Nodder Memorial Lecture was held in the memory of institute’s first Director, Late C. R. Nodder on February 11, 2020 at ICAR-NINFET auditorium. The programme was started with ICAR video song. Director ICAR- NINFET, Dr. N. C. Pan welcomed the dignitaries’ with ICAR-NINFET produced ‘uttorio’. Director, also welcomed all the dignitaries present in the auditorium in his welcome address. Dr. S. Sengupta, Principal Scientist & Head MP Division briefly presented the life sketch of Late C.R.Noddar. Prof. (Dr.) Sumanta Bhattacharyya, Former Principal, Govt. College of Engineering and Textile Technology, Serampore, WB, was the chief guest of the programme. In his address, he briefly described the scientific contribution of Late C. R. Noddar in the field of Jute fibre and technology. Prof. (Dr.) Atanu Ghosh of Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, I.I.T. Bombay, India was the guest of honour of the programme. Dr Avijit Das and Dr Manik Bhowmick introduced the chief guest and the guest –of-honour respectively. He presented the memorial lecture on “Challenges for the organisations in the Changing Paradigm”. He talked about the several major and at times dramatic changes taking place in the political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal environments related to the different organisations. He also pointed out how with all these changes, organisations are finding it difficult to maintain performance and several of those are even struggling for their own survival. To the young generation he advised that it makes immense sense for bright scientists, technologists, engineers and so on to stay in their chosen field of expertise, rather than looking for a career away from science and technology just to earn a lucrative package to start one’s career with. He concluded with a ray of hope that we are in a country full of brilliant, talented people and opportunities are also plenty and with the right strategic moves by organisations and collaborative and cooperative efforts, we will be able to make a difference.

The programme was concluded with the formal vote of thank by Dr. Sanjoy Debnath, Principle Scientist, ICAR-NINFET. There was large gathering from different jute and textile teaching and research institutes and other natural fibre related organisation including industries. Ex-Scientist of ICAR-NINFET also participated in that occasion.

Report on XXIX Research Advisory Committee Meeting at ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata

 January 14, 2020: XXIX Research Advisory Committee Meeting of ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata was held on January 14, 2020. Prof. B.C. Mal, Vice-Chancellor of JIS University, Kolkata was the Chairman of this committee. The meeting was inaugurated with the Welcome speech of Dr. N.C. Pan, Director, ICAR-NINFET. Introductory remarks were delivered by every member mainly focusing on increase of use of diversification of natural fibre. They also emphasising on the smart instrumentations, particularly for the jute industry and betterment of them.

The morning session started with presentation of Action Taken Report (ATR) of last RAC proceedings by Dr. S.N. Chattopadhyay. After the discussion on ATR, Head of the Division of Quality Evaluation and Improvement (QEI) Division and Chemical and Bio-Chemical Processing Division (C&BP) presented their divisional achievements. Followed by discussion and recommendations by the members. In the next half, HoD, Mechanical Processing Division (MP) and HoD, Transfer of Technology Division (ToT) presented the progress of their ongoing projects. Dr. J. Mitra, Director, ICAR-CRIJAF, Barrackpore and Dr. G. Bose, Former Principal Scientist of this Institute, were invited as a special invitee in the meeting.

The programme ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. S.N. Chattopadhyay, Principal Scientist and Member Secretary of RAC.



 82nd Institute Foundation Day Celebration

The ICAR- National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata celebrated its 82nd Foundation Day today. In this precious occasion, renowned Scientist and former Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Ranajit Kumar Samata was graced the programme as Chief Speaker. Smt. Kamala Bisth, Under Secretary. Agriculture Engineering Division marked her presence as Guest of Honour from Indian Council of Agriculture HQ in the programme.

Dr. Ranajit Kumar Samanta elaborated the role of Indian Scientists in development of Indian Agriculture. He also suggested the all level of staff regarding improvement of output and work culture. Dr. Debanjan Sur, Chief Guest of the inaugural session, describe the role of ICAR-NINFET and its journey from JTRL to NINFET.

The Programme was started with welcome address by Dr. N.C. Pan, Director of the Institute and told about importance of Natural fibre and the disadvantage of synthetic fibres.

The Guest of Honour, Smt. Kamala Bisth congratulated the institute staff for vibrating activities of the Institute and its contribution to the farmers particularly in jute agriculture.

The Chairman of the organizing committee, Dr. S.N. Chattopadhyay, Principal Scientist, presented the diary of events of the Institute for last one year and its total development. A large number of ex-employees, present employees and several dignitaries from nearby ICAR institutes, Jute Industries, incubates, small entrepreneurs and artisans present in the programme.


Dr. S. Debnath, Principal Scientist, proposed the vote of thanks and total programme was coordinated by Dr. L.K. Nayak, Principal Scientist.

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