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Major Events for the Year 2015

"Jai Kisan Jai Vigyan" week organized by ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, December 28, 2015.

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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, December 28, 2015: ICAR-National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology (ICAR-NIRJAFT), 12 Regent Park, Kolkata - 700040 organized a Farmers-Scientist interface meeting at the village Babpur under Barasat-1 block of North 24 Parganas, West Bengal on Dec 28, 2015. Four scientists from ICAR-NIRJAFT viz. Dr. Avijit Das, Principal Scientist, Division of Q E & I, Dr. Sanjoy Debnath, Senior Scientist, Division of Mechanical Processing, Dr. Deb Prasad Ray, Senior Scientist, Division of Q E & I and Dr. Subhas Chandra Saha, Senior Scientist, Division of Q E & I talked on prospects of fungal retting, alternate uses of jute and jute sticks, accelerated retting and jute grading, respectively. About 40 villagers from Babpur, Mathurapur, Ariala, Bodai,Durlavpur and Hansia participated in the interface meeting. They were made aware of various recent developments in the scientific frontiers of natural fibres including jute grading, retting and alternate use jute and jute sticks and how ICAR-NIRJAFT can help in providing training on various aspects like preparation of diversified products from natural fibre resources available at the village level. The programme ended with vote of thanks to the local organizers.


 

One day library workshop organized by ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, December 22, 2015.

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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, December 22, 2015: A One day library workshop on “Role of Information Technology in Library Management in Digital Era” was organised at NIRJAFT on 22.12.2015. The programme s started with the ICAR theme song followed by lightening of holy lamp by the dignitaries. Dr. D. Nag, Director, NIRJAFT welcomed all the dignitaries comprising Librarians from different ICAR and CSIR institutes in and around Kolkata, Scientists & staffs of NIRJAFT and impressed upon them the importance of holding such events particularly for networking of different libraries for sharing text and digital resources. Dr. Swati Bhattacharya, Librarian, Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata presided over the inaugural function. In her address, she stressed about the digital library management system for easy management of library as well as better service to the reader. Shri Rabishankar Giri, Assistant Librarian, Presidency University, Kolkata presented the keynote address. He talked about a model library with different e-resources and e-consortia for use in research and academics on mutual sharing basis. He emphasised on networking with different libraries and sharing of resources so that wider access to different resources can be made by a large group of readers.

The inaugural session was followed by a technical session Chaired by Dr. N.C. Ghosh, Librarian, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata. These were four presentations on (i) Evolution of library, (ii) Remote Access Software, EZ-proxy (iii) D SPACE and (iv) RFID library security system. All these presentation were very informative to the audience and evoked a lot of enthusiasm after each deliberation. Dr. Ghosh shared his rich library experiences in between. The programme ended with a vote of thanks to the chair by Dr. S.N. Chattopadhyay, P.S. and Chairman, Library Committee to all the dignitaries, invited guests and institute scientists and staffs for their overwhelming response.


 

Farmers-Scientist Interface Meeting organized by ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, December 28, 2015.

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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, December 28, 2015: The ICAR-National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology (ICAR-NIRJAFT), 12 Regent Park, Kolkata - 700040 organized a Farmers-Scientist interface meeting at the village Babpur under Barasat-1 block of North 24 Parganas, West Bengal on Dec 28, 2015. Four scientists from ICAR-NIRJAFT viz. Dr. Avijit Das, Principal Scientist, Division of Q E & I, Dr. Sanjoy Debnath, Senior Scientist, Division of Mechanical Processing, Dr. Deb Prasad Ray, Senior Scientist, Division of Q E & I and Dr. Subhas Chandra Saha, Senior Scientist, Division of Q E & I talked on prospects of fungal retting, alternate uses of jute and jute sticks, accelerated retting and jute grading, respectively. About 40 villagers from Babpur, Mathurapur, Ariala, Bodai,Durlavpur and Hansia participated in the interface meeting. They were made aware of various recent developments in the scientific frontiers of natural fibres including jute grading, retting and alternate use jute and jute sticks and how ICAR-NIRJAFT can help in providing training on various aspects like preparation of diversified products from natural fibre resources available at the village level. The programme ended with vote of thanks to the local organizers.

 

Closing Ceremony of Vigilance Awareness Campaign Celebrated at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, October 31, 2015.

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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, October 31, 2015: In the Closing Ceremony of Weeklong Vigilance Awareness Campaign at National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology on 31st. Oct., 2015, the Chief Guest, Former Chief Justice of India, Sh. Altamas Kabir in his address to the institute employees, school students and their teachers and guardians stated how corruption is creating hindrance in the overall development of our planet, specially our country and how proper vigilance can overcome these problems. He said “we are living in a situation which calls for organizing conferences on this issue not only in India but also in the world. One has to realize what exactly iscorruption and what could constitute corruption. Basically corruption is trying to take an undue advantage which corrupts the system. There are four prime parameters needed in a corruption free society – Sensitivity, Sincerity, Commitment and Integrity. See National interest before you see your personal interest”. He urged the students, the future of our country, to become vigilant from the early age by building strong moral character and always dream for a corruption free India so that the nation can achieve glorious progress in the years to come.

Earlier Dr. Debasis Nag, Director, ICAR-NIRJAFT, in his welcome address, gave a brief account of Mr. Kabir’s educational background and chronology of his illustrious professional career. He also mentioned about his glorified family background citing his father, Late Sh. Jehangir Kabir and uncle Late Sh. Humayun Kabir’s Ministrial positions in West Bengal State Cabinet and Union Cabinet respectively. Hon’ble Former CJI also gave away the prizes to the winners of different competitions organized among the school children and staff members of NIRJAFT, Kolkata during the week long (Oct. 26-31, 2015) Vigilance Awareness Campaign. The programme ended with a hearty vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Gautam Basu, Head, Mechanical Processing Div. of the institute in honour of Chief Guest.


 

3rd C.R. Nodder Memorial Lecture Ceremony Celebrated at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, October 3, 2015.
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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, October 3, 2015: ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata organized the 3rd C. R. Nodder Memorial Lecture in the memory of institute’s first Director on 3rd October, 2015 at institute premises. Dr. D. Nag, Director welcomed the gathering and briefly presented the life sketch of Shri C. R. Nodder. There was large gathering from different jute and textile institutes, Jute policy makers, The Textile Association (India), The Institution of Engineers (India), Jute industry, Ex-employee of NIRJAFT, and present & past members of NIRJAFT’s IRC, RAC, IMC, QRT. Prof. (Dr.) Swapan Kumar Datta, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Visva Bharati and Former DDG (Crop Science), ICAR presided over the function. In his presidential address, he briefly described the scientific contribution of Shri C. R. Nodder in jute fibre science and technology. He talked about application of genomics for production of jute fibres with desired properties. Successively, Dr. S. N. Chattopadhyay, Principal Scientist of ICAR-NIRJAFT introduced the Chief Guest i.e. Prof.(Dr.) Mangesh. D. Teli, Professor, Fibre & Textile Processing Department, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. He presented the memorial lecture on “Glimpses of R&D Experience in Fibres and Chemical Processing of Textiles”. In the arena of textile chemical processing, he mainly discussed the advancement in different textile fibres as well as chemical processing technology in the recent years. He discussed in detail about antimicrobial, aroma finishing and crease resistant finishing using non-formaldehyde chemicals. His work on oil absorption by different fibres for oil spillage management in sea during oil transport and high absorbent cotton was interesting. He also talked about bamboo fibre which is mainly regenerated in nature. Dr. Kartick K. Samanta, Scientist, ICAR- NIRJAFT presented the vote of thanks.


 

Special brainstorming lecture on "Regeneration and introspection with Changing Environment" at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, August 25, 2015.

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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, August 25, 2015: ICAR-National Research Institute on Jute & Allied Fibre Technology, Kolkata organized a special brainstorming lecture on “Regeneration and Introspection with Changing Environment” at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata on August 22, 2015.

Sh. Sudhir Bhargava, Director, M/S Agroman Systems Private Ltd., Mumbai & Hon’ble Member of Governing Body of ICAR delivered a lecture entitled “Regeneration and Introspection with Changing Environment” at NIRJAFT, Kolkata emphasizing the impending need for augmenting agricultural productivity considering Hon’ble Prime Minister’s slogans ‘farmers first’ and ‘lab to field’. He expressed concern that the average agriculture sector growth over the last few years has remained around 4.7%. It appears that the Indian agriculture, being at the cross-roads, is currently facing both unprecedented challenges and unparalleled opportunities. The impact of trade liberalization on agriculture and the global climate change are new challenges. At the same time, new opportunities are emerging for Indian agriculture. Commercialization of agriculture, diversification towards high-value commodities and integration with the global markets are the new opportunities. PPP is the most effective mechanism for translating the potential of technology into products that will help in enhancing agricultural productivity and improving the economic condition of farming community. While a number of successful partnerships have emerged during the last few years, more needs to be done to build new partnerships and strengthen the existing ones. In his 2 hours long interaction with more than 80 scientists and researchers representing different ICAR institutes and Regional Research Stations of other institutes located in West Bengal, he discussed in details other important issues like commercialization and transfer of technologies, competitive research, collaborative research projects etc. He also mentioned that institutes should rethink over their present mandates and must incorporate necessary improvements considering the changing environment and future challenges.


 

Inauguration of three days National Level Training Programme on “Production and retting technology of Jute/ Mesta/ Ramie/ Sunnhemp including other related aspects” at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata.
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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, August 4, 2015: A three days (August 04-06, 2015) National Level Training Programme on “Production and retting technology of Jute/ Mesta/ Ramie/ Sunnhemp including other related aspects” has been inaugurated at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, sponsored by National Food Security Mission (NFSM) – Commercial Crops, Department of Agriculture & Co-operation, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. Twenty five trainees from different jute growing districts of West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh & Uttar Pradesh have participated in this programme.

In the inaugural session, Dr. D. Nag, Director welcomed the Gusts and Participants and highlighted on the importance of this training programme considering their importance of the Mission, Monsoon-2015 enunciated by the Council. Dr. P.K. Das, Ex-Professor, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal and former member of institute’s RAC, graced the occasion as Chief Guest. In his inaugural address he elaborated upon on the essence of national food security mission & stressed upon the importance of production and processing of jute and allied fibres in the context of commercial crops. Dr. K. Manoharan, Director, Directorate of Jute Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, graced the occasion as Guest of honour and complemented the role of ICAR-NIRJAFT in organization such training programmes. Dr. S.K. Biswas, Ex-Director, Directorate of Jute Development, Kolkata also attended the programme as Special Guest. In his address he briefed about the present status of Jute & allied fibre crops in India and their future perspectives.

Lectures on recent advances in retting technology, allied fibres extraction & processing, geo-textile, ornamental fabrics, composites, particle boards, hand-made paper, agri-business incubation etc. will be covered in this three days training programme. Visit to different laboratories of the institute & live demonstration of accelerated retting & allied fibre extraction technologies also forms a part of this traininig programme. Dr. A.N. Roy, Head, Transfer of Technology Division & Course Director of this training programme has proposed an hearty vote of thanks in honour of the dignitaries and delegates.


 

Visit of Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Hon'ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Food Processing Industries at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata.
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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, June 29, 2015: Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries visited ICAR-National Institute of Research on Jute & Allied Fibre Technology, Kolkata on 29.06.2015 and addressed a gathering of Directors and In-Charges of different institutes in and around Kolkata i.e., ICAR- National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology, Kolkata; ICAR- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, West Bengal; ICAR- National Dairy Research Institute, RRS, Kalyani, West Bengal; ICAR- Zonal Project Directorate (Zone-II), Kolkata; ICAR- Central Institute of Fishery Education, RRS, Kolkata; ICAR- NRC Mithun, Nagaland; ICAR- National Bureau of Soil Survey & Land Use Planning, Regional Institute, Kolkata; ICAR- Central Institute of Brackish Water Aquaculture, RRS, Kakdwip, West Bengal;, ICAR- Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, RRS, Rahara, West Bengal; ICAR- Indian Veterinary Research Institute, RRS, Kolkata. All the Scientists, Technical and Administrative Staffs of ICAR- NIRJAFT were also present. Dr. Balyan took an account of the research priorities, achievement, scope of work and constraints (if any) from each of the Institutes individually Dr. Balyan in his address mentioned the need for more proactive research and for that the mandate of each institute should be relooked to provide better quality service to the farmers for achieving more productivity using minimum resources rather than generation of scientific knowledge only. He mentioned that time is changing so development of machinery or technology must suit the requirements of the farmers. So, Scientists should do more work for the benefit of farmers. The Hon’ble Minister complemented Director, NIRJAFT for creation of proper environment in office premises and nice beautification of the garden. Dr. Debasis Nag, Director, NIRJAFT, honoured Dr. Balyan with a jacket made of jute handloom designed and developed in the institute as well as a photo frame made of jute stick particle board. At the end Shri Rajiv Lal, CAO, NIRJAFT proposed hearty vote of thanks in honour of Dr. Balyan and other dignitaries.


 

Visit of Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Hon'ble Chairman, ASRB, ICAR at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata.
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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, June 26, 2015: Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) visited ICAR-National Institute of Research on Jute & Allied Fibre Technology, Kolkata on June 26, 2015. He addressed the scientists, Technical officers and the administrative staff on recruitment policy of Agricultural Research Service (ARS). He also urged the scientists to give the feedback of newly prepared score card. He admires the cleanliness of institute premises including garden and expressed that it is the preeminent institute in the eastern zone. Dr. Singh informed that there is a strong consensus to make ASRB transparent, strong and efficient. Dr. D. Nag, Director, ICAR-NIRJAFT appraised Dr. Singh about the institute’s research activities as well as the shortage of scientific cadre strength. Hon’ble Chairman promised to look into the matter with the assurance of taking necessary action to improve the scientific strength.


 

Special Brainstorming Lecture organized at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata.
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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, 7th May, 2015: ICAR-National Research Institute on Jute & Allied Fibre Technology, Kolkata organized a special brainstorming lecture on “An industry in search of its lost legacy” at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata on May 7, 2015.

The programme was chaired by Dr. Subrata Gupta, IAS, Jute Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India. Shri Subha Kirti Mazumder, Director General, Indian Jute Mills Association and former Jute Commissioner delivered a lecture on “An industry in search of its lost legacy” on the basis of past facts, recent trends with a touch of the literary glimpses of history. Important issues regarding relaxation on Jute Packaging Materials Act and its impact on jute industry, competitive export in national and international market, quality jute products for diversified sector, R&D for increasing efficiency in jute mills, modernization of jute mills etc. were discussed.

About 75 participants from different organizations like Indian Jute Mills Association, National Jute Board, Jute Commissioner Office, ICAR-NIRJAFT and Jute Industries participated in this brainstorming session.

 

Institute Industry Interface Workshop organized at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata.
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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, 13th March, 2015: An Institute Industry Interface Workshop was organised at NIRJAFT, Kolkata on 13th March 2015 to demonstrate the instruments in front of the august gathering of stalwarts, researchers, workers and industrialists from different spheres of jute sector. Dr D. Nag, Director, NIRJAFT welcomed all the dignitaries and experts present in the fully packed auditorium and expressed the need of the hour to develop such type of instruments and requested all the members present to come out with constructive feedbacks to make it more users friendly and useful after observing the presentation of the instrument. Mr A.K. Chakraborty, CMD and Director, Jute Corporation of India, Guest of Honour of the program narrated the sorry state of the present jute sector with reduced jute cultivated area due to low minimum support price and inappropriate payment to jute growers of their products in absence of user friendly integrated scientific grading system. Dr Subrata Gupta, Jute Commissioner, Government of India, in his address expressed his happiness and satisfaction for converting a noble idea in the form of such a useful integrated automatic jute grading system. Dr Gautam Roy, P.S & Head of Quality Evaluation & Improvement Division & developer of the two instrument, one is using a laptop/ Pc and another of standalone type in the capacity of P.I of the NJB sponsored project, demonstrated the development stages and its practical operation of the instrument to the gathered audience of the jute sector. After the presentation, the operation of the instrument was demonstrated to all the dignitaries and experts present. The workshop ended with the formal vote of thanks by Dr Biplab Saha, Principal Scientist, QE&I Division.

 

Institute Industry Interface Workshop organized at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata.

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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, 12th February, 2015: An Institute Industry Interface Workshop was held on February 12, 2015 at National Institute of Research on Jute And Allied Fibre Technology (NIRJAFT), 12 Regent Park, Kolkata 700 040 to present and promote three testing equipments namely 'Fabric Flexural Rigidity Tester','Yarn Characterisation Unit' and 'Fabric Electrical Insulation Tester' which are designed and developed by the joint effort of NIRJAFT, Kolkata and Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, Howrah. First two are in collaboration with M/s Tech (Style) India, Howrah in assistance with Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. The workshop was inaugurated by Chief Guest Hon'ble Prof. Ajoy Ray, Founder Director, IIEST, Shibpur & former Vice-Chancellor, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Howrah in presence of Guest-of-Honour Hon'ble Dr Subrata Gupta, Jute Commissioner and Chairman-cum Managing Director, Govt of India.; Hon'ble Dr. Debasis Nag, Director, NIRJAFT Hon'ble Dr B C Mitra, Ex-Director, NIRJAFT, Kolkata and dignitaries from academic institutes and industries. In the welcome address, Dr D. Nag has elaborated the importance and role of Institute Industry Interface Workshop and mentioned that the concept has been coined by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the Apex body of NIRJAFT and DST, Govt of India with the idea as the first step of commercialisation, any fruitful research or development will be showcased to beneficiaries or stakeholders to rectify the technologies as per the suggestions of experts and stakeholders. Dr S Gupta, The Guest of Honour, emphasised to develop the technologies according to users' want and it should be simple to operate, low manufacturing as well as maintenance cost, compact and cost effective. Moreover, measurement and standardisation of testing equipment should be précised and sometimes it should be portable to measure online or in the field. He congratulated the developers of present equipments and wished the successful commercialisation. Dr A Ray, the Chief Guest, encouraged the joint effort in characterisation of yarn and fabric. He suggested to extend the work in Rabindranath Tagore, he requested to use the natural materials. He pointed out the commendable jobs of the researchers which has not been reached to the people. He also requested to go to media if they do not come to us of their own. The Inaugural programme was ended by hearty vote of thanks by Dr Gautam Bose, Mechanical Processing Division, NIRJAFT, Kolkata followed by High Tea.

Ninety five delegates from 28 different organisations were present in the occasion. Above mentioned three equipments were presented, discussed and demonstrated to the beneficiaries and stakeholders. Audio-visual presentation was made on 'Computerised Instrument of fabric flexural rigidity tester', 'Yarn Characterization Unit' and Fabric Electrical Insulation Tester by Dr Surajit Sengupta, Dr Anindita Sengupta and Dr Sanjoy Debnath, followed by demonstration of those instruments to the stakeholders. Delegates from academic institute, research organisations and industries showed very much interest on those instruments, interacted enthusiastically with  principal investigators and suggested the necessary modifications needed for successful commercialization.


 

Institute Industry Interface Workshop organized at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata.

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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, 12th February, 2015: An Institute Industry Interface Workshop was held on February 12, 2015 at National Institute of Research on Jute And Allied Fibre Technology (NIRJAFT), 12 Regent Park, Kolkata 700 040 to present and promote three testing equipments namely 'Fabric Flexural Rigidity Tester','Yarn Characterisation Unit' and 'Fabric Electrical Insulation Tester' which are designed and developed by the joint effort of NIRJAFT, Kolkata and Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, Howrah. First two are in collaboration with M/s Tech (Style) India, Howrah in assistance with Department of Science and Technology (DST), Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. The workshop was inaugurated by Chief Guest Hon'ble Prof. Ajoy Ray, Founder Director, IIEST, Shibpur & former Vice-Chancellor, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Howrah in presence of Guest-of-Honour Hon'ble Dr Subrata Gupta, Jute Commissioner and Chairman-cum Managing Director, Govt of India.; Hon'ble Dr. Debasis Nag, Director, NIRJAFT Hon'ble Dr B C Mitra, Ex-Director, NIRJAFT, Kolkata and dignitaries from academic institutes and industries. In the welcome address, Dr D. Nag has elaborated the importance and role of Institute Industry Interface Workshop and mentioned that the concept has been coined by Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the Apex body of NIRJAFT and DST, Govt of India with the idea as the first step of commercialisation, any fruitful research or development will be showcased to beneficiaries or stakeholders to rectify the technologies as per the suggestions of experts and stakeholders. Dr S Gupta, The Guest of Honour, emphasised to develop the technologies according to users' want and it should be simple to operate, low manufacturing as well as maintenance cost, compact and cost effective. Moreover, measurement and standardisation of testing equipment should be précised and sometimes it should be portable to measure online or in the field. He congratulated the developers of present equipments and wished the successful commercialisation. Dr A Ray, the Chief Guest, encouraged the joint effort in characterisation of yarn and fabric. He suggested to extend the work in Rabindranath Tagore, he requested to use the natural materials. He pointed out the commendable jobs of the researchers which has not been reached to the people. He also requested to go to media if they do not come to us of their own. The Inaugural programme was ended by hearty vote of thanks by Dr Gautam Bose, Mechanical Processing Division, NIRJAFT, Kolkata followed by High Tea.

Ninety five delegates from 28 different organisations were present in the occasion. Above mentioned three equipments were presented, discussed and demonstrated to the beneficiaries and stakeholders. Audio-visual presentation was made on 'Computerised Instrument of fabric flexural rigidity tester', 'Yarn Characterization Unit' and Fabric Electrical Insulation Tester by Dr Surajit Sengupta, Dr Anindita Sengupta and Dr Sanjoy Debnath, followed by demonstration of those instruments to the stakeholders. Delegates from academic institute, research organisations and industries showed very much interest on those instruments, interacted enthusiastically with  principal investigators and suggested the necessary modifications needed for successful commercialization.


 

77th Foundation Day Celebrated at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata.
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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, 3rd January, 2015: ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata observed 77th foundation day on 3rd January, 2015. Welcome address was given by Dr. D. Nag, Director, NIRJAFT. The foundation day lecture was given by prof (Dr.) P. Chandra, Prof. National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneur Management (NIFTEM), Govt. of India. He spoke on “Sustainability of jute and allied fibres value chain”.  A few retired scientists addressed the gathering with their rich experiences about research. The total program was presided by Dr. K.K. Satapathy, former director, NIRJAFT, Kolkata. First volume of in-house journal in Hindi titled “Debanjali” was also released on this occasion. All staff member of NIRJAFT and retired employee participated in this function. The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. G. Bose, Head, Mechanical Processing Division.


 

Dr. P B Sarkar Memorial Lecture Organized at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata.

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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, 3rd January, 2015: The foundation day program was followed by 4th Dr. P B Sarkar Memorial Lecture given by Prof. (Dr.) Swadesh Sett, Former Principal, Govt. College of Engg & Textile Technology, Seerampur, West Bengal. He spoke on different generation of fiber and their advantages as well as disadvantages. He addressed the first generation fibres like cotton, jute, silk, wool etc. to the modern high tenacity, high modulus sysnthetic fibres. The manufacturing processes of all these fibres, use of these fibres for making different products etc. were described in detail. He also told about the future prospect of biodegradable synthetic fibres which can compete with natural fibres.


 

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan  Celebrated by forming Human Chain at ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata.

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ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, 1st January, 2015: In order to celebrate the program on 1st January, 2015, all the staff of ICAR-NIRJAFT gathered in the lawn in front of main building and formed Human chain. A message was read by CAO which was repeated by all the employees. All the staff affirmed that they will keep the institute and its surrounding area neat and clean.