Major events for the year 2022

Sectoral campaign on Processing and Storage of Foodgrains and Pulses

January 22, 2022, Kolkata:

ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology (NINFET), Kolkata has actively participated in the sectoral campaign on “Processing & storage of food grains and pulses” – an initiative by ICAR-Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering & Technology, Ludhiana as a part of the celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.   

Banners on processing & storage in general and processing of pulses in particular (Design supplied by ICAR-CIPHET, Ludhiana) were printed and displayed at different places in the Institute premises for sensitization of the general public in the locality regarding the processing & storage of grains and pulses.   

Moreover, the banners were hosted on the Institute Facebook account on 22.01.2022 where it was seen by thousands of visitors thus sensitizing them regarding the benefits, processing, and storage of food grains and pulses.

Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director has taken a keen interest in this campaign and urged the staff members of the Institute to spread this message among the general public to a large extent. 

 
     
   
     

 

 

ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata organized One-day Seminar on Futuristic Approaches on Natural Fibres

April 4th, 2022, Kolkata

One Day Seminar was organized at ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology, Kolkata on physical mode on 4th April 2022

Dr. B. K. Behera, Professor, IIT Delhi has given expert deliberation on the topic “Auxetic Textile structures and Applications”. He discussed the science behind the Auxetic textiles which get fatter when stretched and narrower when compressed. He highlighted the wide range of meaningful applications in the field of medicine, defence, fashion apparel etc.

Dr. Srikanta Samanta Principal Scientist, ICAR-CIFRI had presented on the topic “Arsenic contamination Mitigation -Water Quality in Pond and Wetland”. He highlighted how retting of jute causes a source of contamination and enunciated its mitigation pathways.  

Dr. Najam A. Shakil Principal Scientist, ICAR-IARI deliberated on the “Futuristic Approach of Seed to Market of Fibre Crop” and unlighted the audience about the next IUPAC Congress which is scheduled to be organized in India in the month of March 2023.

In his address, Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director of ICAR-NINFET shared that the institute has ventured into research in various out of the box idea like the development of Vegan leather, and the development of fibre reinforced concrete. He discussed that ICAR-NINFET is running many collaborative projects with different prestigious institutes like IIT Roorkee, IIT Kharagpur and expressed his desire to collaborate with ICAR-CIFRI, ICAR-IARI also in different research projects in the upcoming days and also wished success for the upcoming IUPAC congress.

The programme was organized in alignment with the celebration of “Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav” to commemorate 75 Years of India’s Independence. 

     
 Inauguration of the programme    Dr. B.K. Behera, Professor, IIT Delhi
     
 Dr Najam A. Shakil, PS, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi    Dr. Srikanta Samanta, PS, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore

 NABARD ORGANIZES Interface meeting at ICAR-NINFET

25th March, 2022, Kolkata

 ICAR-NINFET at Kolkata organized an Interface Meeting with The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development today.

Dr. A.R.Khan, CGM, NABARD, West Bengal Regional Office enunciated the initiatives taken by NABARD for the promotion of sustainable and equitable agriculture and rural development through participative financial and non-financial interventions, innovations, technology and institutional development for securing prosperity. He applauded the Institute for its technological attainment many of which may fulfil the requirement of farmers and the rural people.

Earlier Dr. D.B.Shakyawar, Director, ICAR-NINFET in his address elucidated a few area of collaboration viz. the entrepreneurship development programme, Product diversification, Establishment of Jute Fibre Quality Testing and Agric-clinics and Agri-Business Centres, Skill-building programmes, Start-up funding and Awareness and FLD programmes with the Institute which may open a new vista for uplifting the rural people.

Mr. Kamalesh Kumar, GM, NABARD, West Bengal Regional Office in his welcome address underlined the collaborative approach with ICAR-NINFET for reaching technologies to the farmers’ front.

Mrs. Amita Bose, DGM, NABARD, Dr. S.N.Chattopadhyay, Head Chemical & Biochemical Processing Division, Dr. Biplab Saha, Head, Quality Evaluation & Improvement Division, Dr. Alok Nath Roy, Head, Transfer of technology Division, Dr. Surajit Sengupta, Head, Mechanical Processing Division and Senior Officials of the Institute and twenty-eight District Development Managers of NABARD were present in the meeting.

Dr. D.P. Ray, Principal Scientist & Nodal Officer, MGMG coordinated the programme and conveyed his sincere gratitude to all the participants for the successful completion of this grand event. 

 
 
Inaugural Session of the Programme   Address by Dr. A.R. Khan, CGM, NABARD
 
Visit to Fibre Quality Testing Laboratory   Visit to Handloom and Power loom section

 Workshop on “Commercialization of Yak based products” organized

17th March 2022, Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh:

ICAR- National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata organized one day workshop on “Commercialization of Yak based products” today. The workshop was organized in collaboration with ICAR- National Research Centre on Yak, Dirang.

In his welcome address, Dr. Mihir Sarkar, Director, ICAR- NRC on Yak, Dirang, emphasized the importance and impact of Yak on tribal people and society. He also stressed on the breed improvement of Yak for better fibre and milk production.  

Delivering his address to the tribal farmers of Arunachal Pradesh, Dr. D.B. Shayawar, Director, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata highlighted the Yak as a God gifted treasure to the humans and we should explore the broad prospect of using the Yak fibre and its milk for the development of sustainable livelihood of the local people.  

In his deliberation, Dr. D. Medhi, Principal Scientist of ICAR- NRCY, emphasized marketing, entrepreneurship development possibilities on yak milk-based products like Ghee, Churpi, paneer, Yogurt, cream etc. along with yak genetic improvement, multiplication of germplasm.

Dr. A.N. Roy, Principal Scientist of ICAR-NINFET, presented different value addition of yak fibre in terms of bleaching, dyeing and discussed the spinning and weaving technology of yak fibre-based yarn. He also showed a SWOT analysis of yak hair fibre processing and highlighted the prospects of business and entrepreneurship development in yak fibre-based products.

The two institutes have jointly signed an MoU with budding entrepreneurs for the marketing of yak fibre products. Both the institutes identified common areas of convergence and recommended collaborative measures with full technical support from ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata.

A total of 76 tribal farmers of Arunachal Pradesh have participated in the workshop and were educated on the prospects of value addition of yak milk products, yak hair fibre-based products in particular.  

     
 Inaugural Session    Technical Session
     
 Distribution of Certificates    

73rd IMC meeting of ICAR-NINFET

 March 11, 2022, Kolkata:

The 73rd meeting of the Institute Management Committee (IMC) of ICAR-NINFET was held in hybrid mode here today. Eleven members representing from ICAR Head Quarters, R&D Organizations of ICAR, State Government Departments of West Bengal & Bihar have participated in this meeting which was Chaired by Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director. Shri Navin Kumar Jha, SAO and Member Secretary has welcomed the participants and briefed them about the initiatives taken at institute level for better management of resources.

Chairman Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director briefed the members on the salient achievements of the institute made in Research, Extension and Administrative areas. Dr. S. B. Roy, Pr. Scientist, Transfer of Technology Division has delivered a lucid lecture on the institute’s progress over the year.  The members have expressed their satisfaction over the action taken by the Institute on recommendations of the 72nd IMC meeting and also the settlement of the audit paras. The Committee also showed satisfaction on expenditure in current financial year.

The meeting ended with hearty vote of thanks to Chairman & Members by Shri Navin Kumar Jha, Member Secretary. 

 
Address by the Dr. D.B. Shakyawar   Members of IMC Meeting participating online

ICAR-NINFET organized a Workshop on “Women Empowerment and Technopreneurship on Health, Hygiene and Environment”

March 07, 2022, Kolkata:

ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata organized a Workshop on “Women Empowerment and Technopreneurship on Health, Hygiene and Environment” on March 07, 2022, jointly with ACIC, IIT (ISM) Foundation, Dhanbad in association with Washonomics Fulcrum Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata at Nari-O-Sishu Kalyan Kendra, Howrah.

Dr. D. B. Shakyawar, Director, ICAR-NINFET in his presidential address appreciated the preparation of sanitary napkins from jute fibre. He has pointed out that the technology needs to be nurtured further for its refinement, cost-effectiveness, and upscaling.

In his address Dr. Amit Shukla, CEO, ACIC, IIT Dhanbad Foundation has ensured to provide all kinds of technological and logistic supports by the IIT Dhanbad for its refinement and cost-effectiveness.

Mr. S. Bhattacharya, Director, Washonomics Fulcrum Pvt. Ltd. mentioned that ICAR-NINFET has made commendable research in this area that needs upscaling so that it could reach to large numbers of the population.

At beginning of the workshop, Dr. S.N Chattopadhyay, HoD, ICAR-NINFET briefly presented the technology of making sanitary napkins (feminine products) from jute fibre. He mentioned that a sanitary napkin satisfies the requirement of health and hygiene.

Dr. A. N. Roy, HoD, ICAR-NINFET has briefed the importance of the workshop as well as other skill development programs organized by the institute on manufacturing handicrafts and bags from jute.

Ms. Rahima Khatun, Secretary, Nari-O-Sishu Kalyan Kendra in her welcome address briefed the activities of the Kendra. Around 40 women participants, associated with Nari-O-Sishu Kalyan Kendra attended the program.   

 
Address by the Director   Participants of the programme

 

 ICAR-NINFET organized Farmers’ Fair and Exhibition at Kolkata

2ndMarch, 2022, Kolkata

The ICAR- National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata organized a Farmers’ Fair and Exhibition in Kolkata today.

Dr Shyam Narayan Jha, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Engineering), ICAR and Chief Patron applauded the Institute for organizing such a huge gathering during post-pandemic Covid situations. He hailed the institute for its untiring contribution to the nation in the field of natural fibres. Addressing to the farmers, artisans, entrepreneurs and dignitaries, he emphasized upon establishing a consortium of natural fibre-stakeholders. He further enunciated to develop “food from the fibres” which may render a most challenging task for the scientific community.

Dr. Debasis Nag, Former Director, in his Presidential address, highlighted the role of the Institute, for reaching the institute’s technology to the farmers’ front.  He paid his deep respect to the farmers, artisans and scientific communities for bridging together for uplifting the mission and vision of the Institute.

Dr Gouranga Kar, Director, ICAR-CRIJAF and Guest of Honour congratulated the team NINFET for organizing such an eventful programme. He emphasized that both that institutes working in the field of natural fibres, will work in synergy to bring a new dawn in the field of natural fibres.

Earlier, Dr D.B. Shakyawar, Director, ICAR-NINFET welcomed Dr. S.N.Jha, DDG (AE) for his maiden visit in the Institute after attaining the most coveted feat. In his welcome address, Dr. Shakyawar, briefed about the ‘farmers first’ approach for building an “Atmanirbhar Bharat”. He emphasized that the Institute is working in this dimension and invited all the farmers and artisan to make a concerted effort to establish a natural fibre dependent India in the year to come.

Dr. Alok Nath Roy, Head, Transfer of Technology Division and Convener of the Organizing committee conveyed his sincere gratitude to all the participants for the successful completion of this grand event.

Different organizations, including farmers, ICAR Institutes, KVKs, FPOs, entrepreneurs and artisans have exhibited their products in the stalls at the Institute premise.

The programme encompassed with the signing of MoUs, visiting all the stalls, the release of new books and publication of institute Newsletter and leaflets of technologies. The best stalls of the institutes and the artisans were awarded for their excellent exhibitions.

An interaction programme with the farmers, artisan and entrepreneurs with the Dignitaries and the Scientists were organized on the occasion exchanged their mutual views.

Later, Hon’ble DDG (AE) inaugurated the new ‘Training and Design Centre’, ‘SAIF&CTC’ and unveiled the newly renovated Experimental Mill. In the evening, he addressed the Institute staff and interacted with all categories of the employees of the Institute. In the evening he was also felicitated by ARSSF, ICAR-NINFET Unit and The Indian Natural Fibre Society. 

     
     
     
     

 

ICAR-NINFET organised Quality Improvement Programme and 8th Dr. P.B. Sarkar Memorial Lecture on “Sustainable Solutions in Textile Coloration”

February 24-26, 2022, Kolkata:

ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology (NINFET), Kolkata organized a three days Quality Improvement Programme on “Advances in Chemical Processing & Finishing Techniques of Natural Fibre Based Textiles” during February 24-26, 2022 in both physical mode and hybrid mode.

Dr. D. B. Shakyawar, Director, ICAR-NINFET in his inaugural address emphasized about the importance of natural fibres and its use in the national and global level. He also highlighted the different R&D activities in the area of chemical processing of natural fibre and its biomass that has been carried out by the institute.

8th Dr. P. B. Sarkar Memorial lecture on Sustainable solutions in textile coloration” was also an integral part of the training. Prof. (Dr.) R. V. Adivarekar, Professor in Fibre Chemistry & Dean HR, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai describes the importance of textile colouration and various approaches for sustainable solution in his memorial lecture.

In her address, Prof. (Dr.) Deepali Singhee, Principal, J. D. Birla Institute, Kolkata & Guest of Honour, pointed out the commendable research contribution of ICAR-NINFET to make over various natural fibres to sustainable and essential products.

Three days training programme was covered by twelve lectures in the areas of natural fibre properties, chemical pre-&-post treatment, colouration, functionalization, effluent treatment, coating/ lamination, and residual fibre biomass utilization.

Twenty-eight (28) participants in the position of Professor, Scientist, Faculty, Research scholar and Master student from various parts of the country participated in online and offline mode. The memorial lecture was graced by trainee participants, Dr. R.C. Maheswari Chairman, RAC & member, members of institute IMC, many dignitaries from other institutes, scientists & technical persons.

A book of papers, released by the Director and other dignitaries present in the programme. The programme was coordinated in tandem by Dr. S. N. Chattopadhyay, Principal Scientist & Head, and Dr. K. K. Samanta, Scientist of the institute.

 
Inauguration of the training programme   Release of book of papers
 
Inauguration of Dr. P.B. Sarka   Online participants

Skill Development Training on Jute Handicrafts

21st February, 2022, Kolkata

Two (02) 10-days duration skill development training on "Manufacture of jute handicrafts" were organized under Agri Business Incubation (ABI) project at Babpur village of North 24 Pgs District of West Bengal during February 10-19, 2022.

Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director has interacted with the trainees and briefed them about the demand of jute handicrafts in National as well as International market. He has also spoken about the role of ICAR-NINFET as a facilitator in creation of enterprises in this sector.

Dr. Laxmikanta Nayak, Principal Scientist and Co-PI., ABI Project has distributed the certificates to the trainees in the valedictory function held on 19th February, 2022.

Forty (40) women associated with jute crafts work have participated in these trainings which were well coordinated by Kojagiri Farmers' Producer Company Limited (KFPCL). 

 
During the Trainig Programme   Certificate Distribution to the Participants

ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata organized Training Programme on “Quality Management System as per ISO 9001:2015” during February 16-18, 2022

February 18, 2022, Kolkata

ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering Technology, Kolkata Kolkata organized three days Awareness Training Programme in collaboration with Indian Rubber Manufacturers Research Association (IRMRA), East Centre on “Quality Management System as per ISO 9001:2015” during February 16-18, 2022

Dr D. B. Shakyawar, Director ICAR-NINFET in his inaugural address emphasized on the Institute’s quality management policy and the efforts being made to reach to the NABL standard. He also highlighted the need of the training on Quality management system as per ISO 9001:2015 standard for enhancing the Institute’s functional output.

Dr. K. Rajkumar, Director, IRMRA, enumerated the significance of ISO standards for maintaining the organizational quality. He delivered lectures on different clauses of the ISO 9001: 2015 and interacted with the trainees present in online and offline mode.

Mr. Manoj Karkhanis, one of the leading faculties had expressed his satisfaction for the readiness of the institute for paving the path for reaching to the new height of NABL standards.

Twenty-six (26) participants from different ICAR Institutes representing different categories of employees, viz. Scientists, Technical officers, Administrative staffswere participated in the programme through online and offline mode.

Dr. Deb Prasad Ray, Nodal Officer, HRDCell congratulated the entire team for executing the programme successfully and enunciated the present and future planning of the institute towards the Human Resource Developments.

The programme was coordinated jointly by Dr. Avijit Das, Principal Scientist, Dr. Deb Prasad Ray, Principal Scientist of ICAR-NINFET and Dr. Debdipta Basu, Programme Coordinator from IRMRA. 

     
 During the inaugural session    Address by Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director
     
 Lecture delivered by the expert    

Celebration of 73rd Republic Day at ICAR-NINFET

January 26, 2022, Kolkata:

ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology, Kolkata witnessed the celebration of the 73rd Republic Day on the 26th January, 2022. Staff members filled with a feeling of patriotism and dedication joined the programme at institute premises. On this auspicious occasion former directors of the institute Dr. K.K. Satapathy and Dr. N.C. Pan were invited as guests of honour.

The celebration started with the hoisting of the National Flag by the Director Dr. D.B. Shakyawar. At the outset, he conveyed his warm wishes to all the members of NINFET family and highlighted upon the importance of this day. He has spoken about the achievements of the institute and expressed his gratitude to all those who contributed to its development over the years. He called upon all the staff members to work hard to achieve their goals and realize the vision of this esteemed organization.

Dr. K.K. Satapathy, Guest of Honour expressed his happiness over the progress of the institute. Dr. N.C. Pan, Guest of Honour addressed the august audience and praised the dynamic leadership of present director Dr. Shakyawar and dedicated works of all the staff members. Mrs. M. Shakyawar, President, Ladies Club, ICAR-NINFET has spoken on the occasion and urged the staff members to make the institute ladies club vibrant through more and more participation. 

On this occasion ten (10) staff members were awarded with certificates of appreciation for commendable works in their respective fields. Contractual staff members engaged in security, sanitary and garden of the institute were highly praised for their day to day works and also awarded with attractive gifts.   

One of the highlighting features of this event was the distribution of passing out certificates to the newly joined technicians who have undergone three months practical training at various division of the institute. A manual of this training programme was also released by Director and dignitaries present.

Staff members, retired employees and children from nearby schools have enthralled the audience with their performance through singing, dancing and patriotic speeches. Kids of staff members have also performed at their level best and amused the gathering.

Glimpse of the event
Glimpse of the event
Glimpse of the event

 

 ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata Celebrated National Girl Child’s Day

January 24, 2022, Kolkata:

National Girl Child Day was organized at ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology, Kolkata on virtual mode on 24th January 2022.

In her speech, Dr. Sujata Sahoo, Senior Scientist, ICAR-CIFE Kolkata Centre, and Chief Guest of the programme stressed the role of parents in Gender Neutral upbringing of Girl Child, giving them moral support for pursuing dreams and giving them an equal opportunity as boys in training, skill development and exposure. She emphasized to not only depend on the Government schemes and initiatives but also to contribute towards the empowerment of Girl Child at the family and society level.

In his address Dr D.B. Shakyawar, Director ICAR-NINFET shared that Girl Children need to be encouraged, respectfully treated and given equal opportunity in every household only then-future of the Nation will be bright. He stated that any unequal behaviour towards Girl Child is never acceptable. He heartily congratulated the Girl children from different districts like Malda, Murshidabad, Hoogly, Burdwan, Nadia, of West Bengal and Kendrapada district of Orissa who were chosen to be felicitated with a cash prize on this occasion with Direct Beneficiary Transfer mode basis

Shri. Naveen Kumar Jha, SAO ICAR-NINFET also shared the glorious saga of Women leadership from ancient times till the present in every sector like Medicine, Science, Finance, Banking, Administration, Sports etc. and enlightened the audiences about the remarkable potential every Girl Child holds with proper grooming in the right direction to contribute the Nation.

Photographs of ICAR_NINFET staff with their daughters were shown in the programme. The programme ended with the announcement of eleven winners from six different districts of West Bengal and Orissa, listening about their area of excellence, plans for the future and wishing them the best for the fulfilment of their dreams and contributing to the Nation.

 
Address by Dr. Sujata Sahoo   Address by Dr. D.B. Shakyawar
 
Address by Dr. N.K. Jha   Participants
   
Interaction with winners    

 ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata celebrates its 84th Foundation Day

3rd January, 2022, Kolkata

The ICAR- National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata celebrated its 84th Foundation Day today.

Dr S.K. Chaudhari, Deputy Director General (Natural Resource Management & Agricultural Engineering), ICAR and Chief Guest of the programme applauded the Institute for its achievements in the area of natural fibres. He paid his sacred tributes to the founding fathers for their great contribution in the field of natural fibres and entrusted the present generation for the amalgamation of contemporary knowledge in fibre science with automation technology, sensor-based technology and nanotechnology.

In his foundation day lecture, Dr S.N. Jha, Assistant Director General (PE) congratulated the staff members of the Institute on its 84th Foundation Day and hailed for the consistent achievements of the institute over the years.

Earlier in his welcome address Dr D.B. Shakyawar, Director briefed about the journey of the institute and its footprint impact of the livelihood of innumerable number of farmers and the stakeholders. He congratulated the staff members for their huge contribution and motivated with pragmatic thought for building a new genre in the years to come.

Dr Gouranga Kar, Director, ICAR-CRIJAF, congratulated all the staff members of ICAR-NINFET and emphasized upon the collaborative research to yield the best results through a practical synergy. 

Dr. A. Sahoo, Director, ICAR-National Research Centre on Camel, Bikaner enunciated the application of scientific knowledge harvested by the institute over last eight decades for betterment of the farming community and stressed for the application of natural fibers in the area of biomedical science, cosmetics fields.

Dr. B.K. Behera, Professor, IIT Delhi paid his tribute to the legendary Scientist, Administrator and founder Director of the Institute Mr. C.R. Nodder, through his memorial lecture on “3D Woven Textile Structural Composites and Their Applications with Special Reference to Natural Fibre”.

Dr L.K. Nayak, Principal Scientist presented the institutional progress and accomplishments over the previous year in a very lucid manner.

The programme encompassed with release of new books, technical bulletins and training calendar for the year 2022. The office staff, farmers and the artisans were awarded for their best performances. Meritorious students and sports winners were also awarded on the occasion.

A Farmers’- Scientists interaction programme an exhibition was organized on the occasion and activities and achievements of different divisions and sections of the institute were showcased.

The ex-employees, number of jute farmers, small scale entrepreneurs, jute mill personnel’s, other central and state organization participants from different jute and textile organizations and institutes, stakeholders and 28 students from Banaras Hindu University were participated in the programme following the Covid protocol.  

Dr. B. Saha, Head, Quality Evaluation & Improvement Division and Chairman of the Organizing committee conveyed his sincere gratitude to all the participants for the successful completion of this grand event.

The celebration was ended cultural programme and exhibitions artistic performances by staff members and their family members.

Address by Dr D.B. Shakyawar   Dr A. Sahoo, Director, ICAR-NRC on Camel
Address by Dr D.B. Shakyawar   Dr A. Sahoo, Director, ICAR-NRC on Camel
Address by Dr S.K. Chaudhari, Deputy Director General (Natural Resource Management & Agricultural Engineering),   Foundation day lecture, Dr S.N. Jha, Assistant Director General (PE)
Address by Dr S.K. Chaudhari, Deputy Director General (Natural Resource Management & Agricultural Engineering),   Foundation day lecture, Dr S.N. Jha, Assistant Director General (PE)
Best Scientist Award   Best Artisan Award
Best Scientist Award   Best Artisan Award
Release of Book & Technical Bulletin   Tribute to Mr. C.R. Nodder, First Director of the Institute
Release of Book & Technical Bulletin   Tribute to Mr. C.R. Nodder, First Director of the Institute
Participants of the event   Cultural Programme
Participants of the event   Cultural Programme

 

 ICAR-NINFET arrange an on-campus programme and live streaming of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Fund Release on January 1, 2022

January 1, 2022, Kolkata:

ICAR- National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata has organized one event where the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Fund Release programme has been live-telecasted from PM Office.

Before commencing the live telecast, Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director, welcomed the gathering and highlighted the major contributions of the institute towards the betterment of the farming community. He makes the farming community aware of various schemes and plans of the government towards the doubling of the farming community. He urges the farmers and farm women to have trust and patience in the government policies & their implementation and the young generation to give their best efforts to the nation to overcome the major problems we are facing today after the devastating effect of the post-Covid spell. He stressed the concept of the unity of humankind and working together to achieve the target of diminishing the problem of poverty and malnutrition. The Heads of Divisions were addressed the gathering.

Later on, the live telecast of PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Fund Release programme was witnessed by all the participants. After the live programme a small introductory visit to all the divisions and sections were arranged to showcase the various activities done by the institute to the participants. 

Around forty farmers from surrounding districts, thirty students from Banaras Hindu Agricultural University and staff members of the institute have participated in this event. The event ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. K.K. Samanta, Scientist. The programme was coordinated by Dr. D.P. Ray, Principal Scientist & Shri S. Das, Scientist, under the kind supervision of the Director.

Inauguration of the programme Speech by the Director
Inauguration of the programme Speech by the Director
During the live telecast Participants of the programme
Speech By the Director Participants of the Programme

Major events for the year 2021

ICAR-NINFET organized five days Online Training Programme in collaboration with MANAGE, Hyderabad  on Value Chain Management in Natural Fibres during December 20-24, 2021

December 27, 2021, Kolkata

ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering Technology, Kolkata in collaboration with National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) Hyderabad organized five days Online Training Programme on “Value Chain Management in Natural Fibres” during December 20-24, 2021 at Kolkata.

Dr. Mihir Sarkar, Director, NRC Yak, who graced the occasion as Chief Guest, emphasized upon the value chain management in natural fibres in the context of prevailing environmental concern and global warming. This kind of initiative would surely create a new acumen for preparing business type of model in the natural fibre sector, he remarked.

Earlier, in his welcome address Dr. D. B. Shakyawar, Director of the institute has enunciated upon the importance of natural fibres and the role of value chain and supply chain management for sustenance of the natural fibre sector.

Dr. (Mrs.) Sujata Saxena, Director CIRCOT, Mumbai, congratulated the team NINFET for organizing such an eventful programme and rendered his valuable address in value chain management in cotton.

Dr. Gouranga Kar, Director CRIJAF, Barrackpore appraised the initiative and illustrated the natural fibre production management system through a holistic approach starting from cultivation to post harvest processing for value added product development.

Dr. Anil Kumar Sharma, Director, Indian Jute Industries Research Association, Kolkata emphasized in his valedictory address that the concept of ‘waste to wealth from natural fibre’ is a major mantra for ‘vocal for local’ slogan as coined by our Hon’ble Prime Minister.

  Dr. B.Venkat Rao, Assistant Director (Field Coordinator) and Coordinator of the programme, MANAGE, highlighted the importance of the understandability of value chain management in natural fibres systems.

Dr. B. Gaesh Kumar, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NAARM and the theme resource person of the programme delivered two lectures in supply chain - value chain management and importance of market research in natural fibre sector.

Fifty (50) participants from fifteen states of the Country participated in the programme through online and offline mode representing Faculties of Universities, Scientists, Entrepreneurs, Research Scholars, Authority from the Industries, JCI and ICAR institutes were participated in the programme.

Dr. Deb Prasad Ray, HRD Nodal Officer  & Dr. Sanjay Debnath, Principal Scientists of the Institute coordinated the programme.  

Welcome address by Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director

Paritcipants in online mode

Dr. Mihir Sarkar, Director, NRC Yak, Chief Guest in Inaugural Session Dr. Anil Kumar Sharma, Director, IJIRA, Chief Guest in Valedictory Session
Dr. Sujata Saxena, Director CIRCOT addressing the participants Dr. B.Ganesh Kumar, Addressing the participants

 

 Training Program on “Fibre Quality Evaluation and Grading System” 

A training programme on “Fibre Quality evaluation and grading” has been organized by ICAR-NINFET during 2-4th December, 2021. During the training program, BIS jute grading system using digital fibre testing instruments developed by NINFET was lively demonstrated for quality assessment of jute fibres. The impact of NINFETSathi - a retting accelerator on fibre productivity and quality was described during the program. The procurement and marketing strategies of jute were also explained to the trainees. 

Dr D. B. Shakyawar, Director ICAR-NINFET emphasized the importance of fibre quality evaluation for justice to the buyers & sellers and manufacturing jute diversified products. He also highlighted the need of training on instrumental grading of jute and allied fibre to technical personnel of industry and progressive farmers to rear benefit and enrich knowledge of stakeholders.  

Seventeen Managers from Jute Corporation of India and four senior officers from Directorate of Jute Development along with four participants from academic’s institute were participated in the program. 

The programme was coordinated by Dr Biplab Saha, Principal Scientist & Head and Dr Nageshkumar T., Scientist of QIE Division.

 
Glimpse of Training   Participants of Training

ICAR-NINFET organized one day Industry-interaction on Jute Geotextiles (JGT) in collaboration with BIS and NJB

December 1, 2021, Kolkata

ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering Technology, Kolkata and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), New Delhi in association with National Jute Board (NJB), Kolkata organized an one day Industry interaction on “Jute Geotextiles: A Sustainable Geotechnical Solution” through hybrid mode on 1st  December 2021.

Shri Moloy Chandan Chakrabortty, IDAS, Jute Commissioner and Secretary, National Jute Board and Chief Guest of the programme has stressed upon role of Jute based geotextiles in soil erosion control, river embankment and hill slope management and invited industry for moving forward to establish manufacturing unit under the scheme of diversified jute products.  

Earlier, in his welcome address Dr. D. B. Shakyawar, Director of the institute has emphasized upon the importance of jute based agro and geo textiles and role of institute for the standardization process of jute based products and instruments.

Guest of Honour Shri Jayanta Roychowdhury, Deputy Director General (Standardization-1), BIS; Shri J.K.Gupta, Scientist-E, Textiles, BIS;  Shri P.K.Chowdhury, Advisor (Technical) of NJB; Dr. Debasish Roy, Director General, IJMA and Dr. Sanjoy Debnath of NINFET were delivered their speeches as the eminent speakers in the programme.

About 100 participants both in online and offline mode representing different Jute industries, JCI, IJIRA, DJFT  and ICAR institutes were participated in the programme.

     
 Dignitaries in the Dias in the inaugural session  

   Welcome address by Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director
     
Audience of the programme    

 

 

ICAR-NINFET organized 5 Days Training Programme on Agri-Business, IP Management, and Entrepreneurship Development in Natural Fibre Sector

November 29, 2021, Kolkata

ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology organized a 5-day training programme on “Agri-Business, IP Management, and Entrepreneurship Development in Natural Fibre Sector” during November 23-27, 2021 at Kolkata under the HRD Series of Programmes with the aegis of ITMU & ABI of the Institute through hybrid mode.  

In his inaugural address, Dr. K. Srinivas, Assistant Director General (Intellectual Property & Technology Management) and Chief Guest of the programme stressed upon the importance of technology valuation and commercialization of research outcomes of the public funded research organizations like ICAR.

Dr. D. B. Shakyawar, Director ICAR-NINFET emphasized upon the importance of IP era in tandem with the IP management of the Institute. He envisioned that through the IP protection, ICAR may be one of the prominent Agribusiness platforms in the years to come.

Luminaries who has excelled in their field like Dr. Sushil Kumar Mitra, Former  Deputy  Controller of Patent & Design, Govt. of India,  Dr. Sanjeev Saxena, Executive Director, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Dr. Kanika Mallik, Principal Scientist, Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Diffusion Research, NISCAIR, CSIR; Advocate Anjan Sen, ICAR-Empanelled  Patent Attorney; Dr. Manju Gerard, Principal Scientist, IP&TM, ICAR-Head Quarter and Dr. Mahadeb Datta, Joint Director, (TT), National Jute Board have delivered their lectures in the programme.

Total 27 participants including three ABI-Incubate have participated in the programme from different organizations. Dr. A.N.Roy, Head ToT Division, Dr. S.B.Roy, Principal Scientist & Dr. L.K.Nayak, Principal Scientist coordinated the programme.

     
     

 

Training Programme on “E Office & ERP for Administrative Staff” organised by ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata during 22-24 November, 2021

November 22-24, 2021, Kolkata:

A Three-day online Training Programme on “ERP & E Office” has been organized by the ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata during November 22-24, 2021. The training programme was inaugurated by Dr. D. B. Shakyawar, Director ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata on 22nd November 2021. The training is mainly focused on the use of several online portals like ERP, E Office, PFMS by replacing old manual process of files and record keeping procedure which in turn increases the transparency and efficiency of the organization. A total of 22 participants participated in the online training programme and the faculty from ICAR IASRI has delivered lectures and hands on training through virtual mode.

In his valedictory address on 24th November, Director, ICAR NINFET, Kolkata emphasized that such programs provide an opportunity for the target group to develop a smooth and gradual transformation to step into digitized platform by enhancing and updating their knowledge of online portals, which is a need of hour. He also recognized the role of administration and finance in the development of the organization and requested to continue the same for all the staff across ICAR.

On the occasion Dr. D. P. Roy, Pr. Scientist & Nodal Officer, HRD ICAR-NINFET appreciated such programmes and suggested to organize more training on the skill development and urged upon development of Knowledge Ecosystem in the council for all category of staff which in turn will result for the betterment of the organization. The entire training programme was designed & coordinated by Sh. Navin Kumar Jha, SAO & Ms Swarnali Mukherjee, AAO as programme coordinator under the able guidance of Director of institute. 

The training programme was concluded with vote of thanks by Sh. Navin Kr Jha, SAO & Programme Coordinator.  

During Training Programme   Group Photograph
During Training Programme    Group Photograph

 ICAR-NINFET organized training programme entitled ‘Nonwoven Fabric from Natural Fibres: Production, Properties and Evaluation’

Kolkata, October 27-29, 2021: 

The ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology organized a three days virtual self- sponsored training programme on “Nonwoven Fabric from Natural Fibres: Production, Properties and Evaluation” during October 27-29, 2021.

In his welcome address, Dr. D. B. Shakyawar, Director, greeted the participants and told that training on Natural fibre nonwoven is a new initiative of ICAR-NINFET. He made the participants aware about the significance of nonwoven and its rising application in the present time. He informed the participants who were Research Scholars, Scientists, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Managers that ICAR-NINFET is a pioneer institute which contributes massively in the research of nonwoven from all kind of natural fibres and expressed confidence that the trainees will be benefited immensely from this programme. 

The programme was aimed at apprising and encouraging the awareness of non-woven fabric from natural fibre which may eventually lead to its wide range of industrial application. This training programme covers the wide gamut of topics including production, extraction, instrumental evaluation and prospects of different types of natural fibre, non-woven fabric, and their application in agro-textiles and geotextile. 

Total 29 participants from different Universities, research institutes and Industry from all over the country have participated in this training programme. Faculty members from ICAR-NINFET have enlightened the participants with their scientific and technical deliberations on non-woven fabric from natural fibre. 

A book on “Nonwoven Fabric from Natural Fibres: Production, Properties and Evaluation” has been released in this occasion. 

Dr. S. Debnath and Dr. Sanchita Biswas Murmu look after the whole programme as course Co-ordinators under the supervision of Dr. S. Sengupta, course Director and HoD, Mechanical Processing Division.

 
Nonwoven Fabric from Natural Fibres: Production, Properties and Evaluation”   On-line participants

 ICAR-NINFET organized workshop on Potential of Natural Fibres in Uttarakhand.

Kolkata, October, 23, 2021:

ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata organized an awareness workshop on “Potential of Natural fibre in Uttarakhand with special reference to Nettle Fibres” at Laldhang, Haridwar, Uttarakhand in association with Raybaar Samiti on October 23, 2021.

Dr. D. B. Shakyawar, Director of the institute highlighted the importance of natural fibres for sustainable development of the society. He also emphasized that the Uttarakhand is one of potential state for Nettle, Vimal and Hemp fibres production, thus, a road map needs to be drawn for value chain of natural fibres, starting from collection of such plants to fibre-based product development to tap natural resources of the state.

Dr. A. N. Roy, Principal Investigator of the project highlighted the potential of these fibres in apparel and home textiles and demonstrated technologies developed under the CRP on Natural Fibres.

Ms. Shruti Lakhera founder of Raybaar Simity mentioned these fibre plants are available in plenty in Uttarakhand, however, a technological intervention is very much required in the direction of fibre extraction, retting, yarn making, colouration and product development. It will help in rural employment generation and women empowerment.

Mr. Prashant Lingual, Forest officer, Govt. of Uttarakhand requested all the stakeholders to utilize these important fibres for different products making and they would support to the possible extent. Around 65 persons including farmer engaged in such fibres participated in the workshop. 

Release of Brochure Participants in the programme
   

ICAR-NINFET Celebrated 152nd Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and FIT India Freedom Run 2.0

October 2, 2021, Kolkata 

The 152nd Birth Anniversary Celebration of Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi was celebrated in gaiety and fervor at ICAR-NINFET on 2nd October, 2021.The program was initiated with a tribute to the Mahatma followed by Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan by the employees within and outside the campus. 

On this occasion Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director highlighted the contribution of the great soul Mahatma on freedom movement, his pioneering contribution on trusteeship and contribution of ICAR-NINFET to the progress of the country following Gandhian philosophy. He emphasised on fitness of staff members through regular exercise to build a healthy and progressive nation. 

Guest of Honour, Sh. Achintyam Chatterjee, Former Professor, Ramakrishna Mission Residential College, Narendrapur, enlightened the audience through elaboration on Gandhji’s life, movement in Africa, freedom movement and contribution to the development of constitution of India as well as socio-economic reforms and relevance of his philosophy in modern life. 

Institute has also observed FIT India Freedom Run 2.0 to commemorate “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”. During the fitness drive from 13.08.2021 to 02.10.2021 different activities related to physical walk/ run along with yoga was organized by the staff with the motto of the “Fitness ka Dose Adha Ghanta Roz”. 

The programmes were organised in tandem by Dr Biplab Saha, Head QEI Division and Sh Navin Kumar Jha, Senior Administrative Officer and Sh P Sanyal, CTO of the institute.

 
 Swachh Bharat Abhiyan  
 
 Celebrating 152nd Gandhi Jayanti  
 
Staff Participating FIT India Freedom Run 2.0  
 
Staff Participating FIT India Freedom Run 2.0  

ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata organized Institute - Industry Interface

September 30, 2021, Kolkata:

An Institute – Industry interface was organized at ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering & Technology, Kolkata by hybrid mode (both physical & virtual) on 30th September, 2021 where stakeholders from industry, Bureau of Indian Standard, NJB and other organizations associated with jute quality assessment; and scientists of ICAR institute have participated. Deliberations were made regarding recently approved new jute grading systems by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and digital instruments developed by the Institute. The scope of introducing these upgraded digitized instruments in place of the existing mechanical instruments was also presented and discussed thoroughly.

 
Dr. S.N. Jha, ADG (Process Engineering)   Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director

Dr. S.N. Jha, ADG (Process Engineering), ICAR, New Delhi has graced the occasion as Chief Guest and complemented the efforts of ICAR-NINFET in developing these digitized instruments. He also emphasized upon developing an instrument for measuring a single quality index for grading of jute.

Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director has briefed about the Institutes progress in the research area of instrumentation and quality grading.  The key role played by these developed instruments in getting accurate and quicker results helping farmers to get proper price for their hard earned crops was also highlighted in his talk.

 
Dr. G. Kar, Director, ICAR-CRIJAF   Dr. G. Roy, Ex-Director, ICAR-NINFET

Dr. G. Kar, Director, ICAR-CRIJAF, Barrackpore has spoken about the dependence of quality of fibre on variety and cultivation practices.

Dr. G. Roy, Ex-Director, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata and inventor of these instruments has spoken about the inventive steps and features associated with these new innovations.

 
Dr. A.K. Bera, Head (TXD), BIS   Dr. S.K. Biswas, Ex-Director, DJD

Dr. A.K. Bera, Head (TXD), BIS, New Delhi in his address mentioned about the finer points to be looked into while applying for the introduction of these digitised instruments in new jute grading systems.

 Dr. S.K. Biswas, Ex-Director, Directorate of Jute Development (DJD), Kolkata addressed the need of these instruments by farmers, mills and other stakeholders associated with jute quality assessment.

 
Dr. P.K. Mandhyan, Principal Member, STESC   Dr. A.N. Roy, Head, TOT Division

Dr. P.K. Mandhyan, Principal Member, Standardization of Testing Equipments Sectional Committee, TXD-01, BIS has spoken about the procedural follow-ups during application to BIS for adoption.

Earlier in the day, Dr. A.N. Roy, Head, TOT Division & Convenor of the Interface welcomed all the participants and highlighted on the theme of the interface. 

Dr. B. Saha, Principal Scientist Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Scientist Dr. D.P. Ray, Principal Scientist

Presentations on New jute grading systems; Developed digital instruments & Case studies on jute grading were made by Dr. B. Saha, Principal Scientist & Head, QE&I Division; Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Scientist,  QE&I Division and Dr. D.P. Ray, Principal Scientist,  QE&I Division.

About seventy (70) stakeholders associated with jute quality assessment haveattended this interface. 

Hindi Scientific Seminar under the theme, भारत का अमृत महोत्सव - आत्मनिर्भर भारत की ओर बढ़ते कदमorganized by ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata on September 27, 2021

September 27, 2021, Kolkata:

The ICAR- National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology organized a Hindi Scientific Seminar on September 27, 2021 with the theme, भारत का अमृत महोत्सव - आत्मनिर्भर भारत की ओर बढ़ते कदम as part of Hindi Fortnight Celebrations 2021.

In his inaugural address, Dr. D.B. Shakyawar congratulate the organizing committee and the participants to share their scientific research knowledge in a platform where the whole programme is conducted in Raj Bhasha. He said that Hindi is the language which united all other languages in the country and is only it is the only source to hold each and every people of India united. Hindi is our identity and makes every Indian unique. After that the Director presented the journey of ICAR-NINFET during last ten years to the audience. In this occasion NINFET News Letter were released by the Dignitaries.

The Seminar was Chaired by Dr. A. K. Tomar, Director, CSWRI, Awikanagar and Dr. Nachiket Kotwaliwala, Director, CIPHET, Ludhiana; Dr Mukesh Kumar Singh, former Director, UPTTI, Kanpur Chaired a Technical Session.

A total of 7 Lead Lectures, by eminent persons including Dr Man Singh, Project Director, WTC, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi, Dr Sujata Saxena, Director, ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai and Dr N. Prasad, Network Coordinator, ICAR-HPVNRG, Ranchi. The Event also had 7 research presentations which are presented by scientists of various ICAR Institutes from all over India including scientists of host institute, The honourable Judges ware Dr. K. K. Sathpathy and Dr. N. C. Pan, former Directors, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata.

This is one of its own kind programmes in which all the speakers delivered their lecture and presentation in Hindi language only, which proved the fact that our scientists are self-reliant in using RAJ BHASHA in scientific research also. The Seminar was convened by Dr. P. C. Sarkar, Principal Scientist, NINFET, Kolkata. 

In continuation of the above programme two week long Hindi fortnight was concluded on 28.09.2021. Dr. Sunil Kumar Loka, Deputy Director (OL), Hindi Teaching Scheme, Department of Official Language, GoI, Kolkata graced the session as Chief Guest. In his address, Dr. Loka emphasized on importance and use of official language in routeing official work. He urged all the staff to try to maximize the use of Hindi. The whole programme was compared by Dr. D.P. Ray, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata.

Address By Dr. P.C. Sarkar   Address by Dr. D.B. Shakyawar
Speech by Dr. P.C. Sarkar, Programme Coordinator   Inaugural speech by Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director
Release of NINFET News Letter    
Release of NINFET Newsletter    

Farmers’ Scientist Interface programme on Climatic Resilient Varieties, Technologies and Practices organized by ICAR- NINFET, Kolkata on September 28, 2021

September 28, 2021, Kolkata:

The ICAR- National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology has organized a Farmers’ Scientist Interface programme on Climatic Resilient Varieties, Technologies and practices in purview of Natural Fibre on September 28.2021.

Prof. P.K. Das, Ex- Professor, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal & Ex- Scientist ICAR- IARI, New Delhi graced the programme. Shri S.K Loka, Deputy Director, Raj Bhasha Bibhag, Govt. of India were graced the programme as Guest of Honour.

In his inaugural address, Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director welcomed all the farmers attended physically and present online mode and focused the role of farmers to build a nation. He told that the farmers are the basic building blocks of any nation and without them a nation never progress. He also emphasized that the impact of global climatic change on agriculture is now a subject of major concern and we should think seriously about climate resilient varieties of agricultural crops. The researchers and scientists should state work on and develop varieties of crops which can more tolerate to climatic imbalance like flood, drought and other unfavourable climatic situation

In this occasion live telecast of programme by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India has been organized. All the institute staff and about 120 farmers from different villages of Maldah, Murshidabad, North and South 24 Parganas Districts participated through virtual and physical in this programme. Through this live telecast the farmers were made aware of various agricultural activity organized through the India, share the experience of progressive farmer from all over India. They also witnessed the release of 35 crop varieties of crop through this programme. 

Address by the Director   Address by the Chief Guest
Inaugural speech by the Director   Address by the Chief Guest
     
Live telecast of PM’s Programme   Farmers and staff
 Live telecast of PM’s Programme    Farmers and staff
PM addressing the Agriculture Community
PM addressing Farming Community

 

 

Virtual Self-Sponsored Refresher Course on Mechanical Processing of Natural Fibres organized at ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata during September 21-25, 2021

September 21-25, 2021, Kolkata:

The ICAR-National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology organized a five days virtual self- sponsored refresher course on “Mechanical Processing of Natural Fibres” during September 21-25, 2021.

In his inaugural address, the Chief Guest, Dr G Nalankilli, Director Uttar Pradesh Textile Institute, Kanpur, stressed upon the maximum use of products made from natural fibres than products from synthetic fibres. He also briefed the depraved side effect of using synthetic fibre to the human society and especially on the environment.

Dr D B Shakyawar, Director of the Institute, congratulated the participants and urged the budding Scientist, Researchers and students to get rid of the conventional way of thinking and come up with new and innovative research concepts which make our country a step forward towards the line of developed country. He motivated them to bring new & ground-breaking ideas and methods that can use the same natural fibre in a wholly different way to minimize the effect of artificial fibre in nature.     

In his concluding address, the Chief Guest, Dr A Sahoo, Director, ICAR- NRC on Camel, Bikaner, emphasized the scope of animal fibre to be used as blending material with ligno-cellulosic fibres to enhance the functional characteristic of material prepared from them.

The programme was aimed at apprising and encouraging the awareness of natural fibre and its processing. This training programme covers the wide gamut of topics including recent advances in natural fibre production; extraction & processing; properties & evaluation; spinning, weaving & nonwoven; Technical textiles; and products development.

About 20 participants in the level of Assistant Professor, Scientist, Subject Matter Specialist, Research Scholars, Industry persons from different Universities, private organizations from all over the country have been participated in this programme. Faculty members from ICAR, eminent scientists, academicians, from different esteemed Universities, IIT, and Silk Board have enlightened the participants with their scientific and technical deliberations on natural fibre.

A book on “Mechanical Processing of Natural Fibre” has been released in this occasion. 

Scientist attending the programme   Release of book during the programme
Scientist attending the programme   Release of book during the programme
During the virtual class   Participants of the programme
During the virtual class   Participants of the programme

Online Faculty Development Programme organized by ICAR-NINFET, Kolkata

September 13 to 22, 2021, Kolkata.

The ICAR- National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata, organized the ten-days online Faculty Development Programe (FDP) on “Natural Fibre Production, Processing and Evaluation of Value-Added Products” from 13th to 22th September, 2021.

In her inaugural address, the Chief Guest, Dr Sujata Saxena, Director (Acting), ICAR-Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai highlighted the need of development of stakeholders’ friendly products for the benefit of the society.

Dr D B Shakyawar, Director briefed about the program. He accentuated on collaborative research work by various public and private departments to come up with innovative concepts which can produce a major impact on export policy of natural fibres and its products as well as in the growth of national economy. He also briefed the research contribution of institute to the participants.

About 28 participants across the country virtually participated in the programme. Thirty-three lectures and twenty video demonstrations have been covered. All participants were evaluated through objective type questions.

This is programme was aimed at creating awareness and updating the knowledge of Researchers, Academician, Entrepreneurs, Students and other Stakeholders on the prospects of Natural Fibre Processing; Value addition and their evaluation and promotion.

In his address, Dr S M Ishtiaque, Emeritus Professor, Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering, IIT Delhi, Chief Guest of valedictory function, outlined the current scenario of global demand of natural fibre products & need of value addition on natural fibres for their promotion. A book of papers has been released by Dr D B Shakyawar, Director in this occasion. 

 Inaugural Session    
Inaugural Session     Address by the Chief Guest
 Participants of the programme    Release of Book of papers
 Participants of the programme    Release of Book of papers

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ICAR-NINFET  Celebrated the Poshan Maah 2021  and Tree Plantation Campaign  at Kolkata

September 17, 2021, Kolkata 

The ICAR- National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering Technology, Kolkata organized “Poshan Maah and Tree Plantation Campaign” on September 17, 2021 at the Institute premises.

Dr. Nimai Chandra Pan, Former Director (Acting), ICAR-NINFET, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.  In his address Dr. Pan stressed on the healthy food and its nutritional importance for every class of people in the society. He also briefed the participants about the awareness programme initiated by the Central and State Government for its citizens.

In his address, Dr. D.B. Shakyawar, Director of the Institute, accentuated on the importance of nutrition especially in children and women to build a “Samriddh and Swasth Bharat” and role of ICAR in creating overwhelming awareness among the society. He urged the scientists and researchers to develop various models so that every person of the country can get nutritious food and stay healthy.

Earlier, Dr. D.P. Ray, Principal Scientist & Nodal officer for organizing the event elaborated the significance of Poshan Maah and Tree Plantation Campaign in the context of the sufferings due to prevailing pandemics.  

On this occasion, nutritional food was delivered among 16 women including two young girls.

Fruit trees were planted by the Chief Guest, Director and other dignitaries present on this occasion. Plants were distributed to the farmers by the Chief Guest and the Director of the Institute.

A total of 75 participants including the Head of Divisions, Scientists, Senior officers, staff of the institute and farmers made the programme successful. 

The programme was organized as a part of celebration of Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav by the Institute. 

 
     
 
     
 
     
     

 (Source: ICAR- National Institute of Natural Fibre Engineering and Technology, Kolkata)

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.

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