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1. The particulars of its organization, functions and duties

The institute was established as Jute Technological Research Laboratories in the present premises under the auspices of the Indian Central Jute Committee in 1938. Later on, in 1965 it was integrated to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research as a constituent unit. During the six decades of its fruitful existence the institute flourished with multifarious dimensions by committed endeavour for research and development in the field of jute and allied fibres. NIRJAFT today has carved a niche as a premier institute for technological research on jute & allied fibres having national importance of jute in the global arena.

The institute is located (Latitude: 22°28'50.8" N and Longitude: 88°21'10.2" E) on the southern fringe of the metropolis of Kolkata known as Tollygunge with a total plot area measuring around 17,628.67 sq.m. in which the laboratory campus covers 3957 sq.m. The institute is having adequate infrastructure of modern laboratories equipped with sophisticated instruments, equipments, machinery, workshop, library, computer cell etc along with adjacent campus of staff quarters and guest house. Besides, two sheds of pilot plant have been constructed for conducting pilot scale trials on the technologies developed.


The R&D programmes of the institute are implemented through the following four divisions:

  1. Quality Evaluation & Improvement Division
  2. Mechanical Processing Division
  3. Chemical & Bio-chemical Processing Division
  4. Transfer of Technology Division

Besides, there are some sections which render specialized services to the whole of the institute viz. Testing section provides facilities for physical testing of fibres & yarns; Grading section renders services for grading of jute and training on raw jute grading by grading aid instruments; Design, Development & Maintenance section is equipped with the workshop facility for mechanical design, development and fabrication of instruments, equipments and small machinery; ARIS cell provides infrastructural support for computer services and research information system.

The library of the institute maintains a wide collection of reference books, periodicals, journals, monographs, reports, reviews etc. relevant to jute and other scientific topics.

 

Mandate

  • To carry out basic and technological research on jute and allied fibres.
  • To promote production of good quality fibres.
  • To upgrade the fibre and the product quality.
  • To find diversified uses of plant fibres, their agricultural by-products and industrial wastes in large scale and decentralized sectors.
  • To act as a repository of scientific and technological information on jute and allied fibres.
  • To act as a center of human resource development in relation to jute & allied fibres and establish linkages among different scientific and industrial organizations through exchange of scientific and technological knowledge.

 

2. The powers and duties of its officers and employees

Powers of the Director of the Institutes/ National Research Centres/ Laboratories/ Project Directorates. Each Director in respect of the concerned Institute/ NRC/ Laboratory of Project Directorate shall exercise all the powers of the Head of the Department for the purpose of various Rules and Regulations of the Government of India, as amended from time to time and applicable mutatis-mutandis to the Society. In addition, the Directors of the Institute/ Laboratories shall exercise such powers for the functioning as are delegated to them by the Governing Body or any authority of the ICAR. The powers delegated to the Directors of Research Institutes are detailed in Schedule III. The powers detailed in this schedule however do not in any way restrict their powers as enjoyed by them as Head of the Department.

Schedule III Powers delegated to the Directors of Research Institutes/Laboratories (vide ICAR letter No.F.11(4)/75-Cdn(A&A) dt. 01.04.1977 (Appendix I) and modified vide Order No. 6-2/90-Cdn(A&A) dt. 4.02.1993, 28.05.1993 and 29.03.1994, OO No. 6-3/92-Cdn(A&A) dt. 28.07.1992).

 

3. The procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability

The Director is assisted in the execution and implementation of various programmes by four Divisional Heads viz. Quality Evaluation & Improvement Division, Mechanical Processing Division, Chemical & Bio-chemical Processing Division and Transfer of Technology Division and Section like Technical Textiles and Design, Development & Maintenance, Administrative Officer, and Finance and Accounts Officer of the institute provide the needed support. The Institute Management Committee (IMC) guides and supports the Director by periodic review of programmes and approval of investments in new areas of research and policy making, training programmes, workshops and seminars. The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and Staff Research Council (SRC) provide broad guidelines and assist in developing and implementing specific research.

 

4. The norms set by it for the discharge of its functions

The norms are set by the ICAR Headquarters, New Delhi. The various functions carried out by the Academy are indicated in the mission, mandate, and objectives of the Academy, outlined in the section (i) on “The particulars of organization, functions, and duties of the NIRJAFT”.

 

5. The rules, regulations, instructions manuals and records, held by it or under its control

NIRJAFT is a Unit of ICAR, New Delhi. ICAR follows GOI rules mutatis mutandis, besides Agricultural Research Service rules, Technical Service Rules specially designed for Scientists and Technical personnel in ICAR. The Academy follows the rules, regulation, and instructions as followed by ICAR, and as indicated in the manuals and records of ICAR, New Delhi.

 

6.  A statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control

  • Property document
  • SFC
  • Vision 2020
  • Vision 2030
  • Annual Report

Annual reports, Quarterly reports, Newsletters and research publication and documentation made from time to time. Other documents available are 50 years, 60 years, Journey in Research for 75 yeares, Data Book on Jute, Monographs on technologies etc.

 

7.  The particulars of any arrangements that exists for consultation with, or representation by the members of the public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof

Nothing at present.

 

8.  A statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meetings of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public

The Institute Management Committee (IMC), Research Advisory Committee (RAC), Inatitute Research Committee (IRC) and Scientific Research Committee (SRC) are the committees, which help the Academy in guiding and implementing its various programmes and activities. The Composition of these committees is as per the guidelines of ICAR Headquarters, NewDelhi.

 

9.  A directory of its officers and employees

 

10. The monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation' s provided in its regulations

 

11. The budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made

The details have been provided in the Institute Annual Report.


12. The manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes

Training, demonstration, exhibition, small scale entrepreneurs, farmers, women entrepreneurs & under privileged classes.

 

13. Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorizations granted by it

 

14. Details in respect of the information, available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form

NIRJAFT Website (www.niraft.res.in) Financial matter and Library information system (NIRJAFT Library) are computerized.

 

15. The particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use

The facility of Library may be provided to all Indian Nationals with valid identity card during officers (10:00 HRS to 17:00 HRS) subject ot approval of the competent authority.

 

16. The names, designations and other particulars of the Chief Public Information Officer, Asstt. Public Information Officer and Transparance officer

Chief Public Information Officer:

Dr. L. Ammayappan

Senior Scientist, Chemical & Bio-Chemical Processing Division
ICAR-NIRJAFT, 12 Regent Park, Kolkata - 700 040.
Ph. (033) 2421-2115/16/17 (O), Fax No. (033)2471-2583, Mb. 8296355193, Email- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Asstt. Public Information Officer:

Dr. N. C. Pan

Principal Scientist, Chemical & Bio-Chemical Processing Division
ICAR-NIRJAFT, 12 Regent Park, Kolkata - 700 040.
Ph. (033) 2421-2115/16/17, Fax No. (033)2471-2583, Mb. 9433144587.

Transparency Officer:

Dr. S.N. Chattopadhyay

Principal Scientist, Chemical & Bio-Chemical Processing Division
ICAR-NIRJAFT, 12 Regent Park, Kolkata - 700 040.

Ph. (033) 2421-2115/16/17, Fax No. (033)2471-2583, Mb. 9433825561.

Vigilance Officer:

Dr. N. C. Pan

Principal Scientist, Chemical & Bio-Chemical Processing Division
ICAR-NIRJAFT, 12 Regent Park, Kolkata - 700 040.
Ph. (033) 2421-2115/16/17, Fax No. (033)2471-2583, Mb. 9433144587.

17.  Such other information as may be prescribed and thereafter update these publications every year

Mode of Seeking Information -

The relevant provisions of the Act towards charging fee are as under:

1. A request for obtaining information under Sub-section (1) of Section 6 shall be accompanied by an application fee of Rs.10.00 by way of cash against proper receipt or by demand draft in the name of ''ICAR NIRJAFT'' payable at "Kolkata".

2. For providing the information under Sub-section (1) of Section 7, the fee shall be charged by way of cash against proper receipt or by Demand draft payable to the 'Accounts Officer, National Institute of Research on Jute & Allied Fibre Technology at following rates:

a) Rs.2.00 for each page (in A4/ A3 size paper) created or copied.

b) Actual charge or cost price of a copy in larger size paper.

c) Actual cost or price for samples or models; and

d) For inspection of records, no fee for first hour; and a fee of Rupees 5.00 for each fifteen minutes (or fraction thereof) there after.

3. For providing the information under Sub-section (5) of Section 7, the fee shall be charged by way of cash against proper receipt or by Demand draft in the name of ''ICAR NIRJAFT'' payable at "Kolkata" at following rates:

a) For information provided on CD Rs.50.00 per CD; and

b) For information provided in printed from at the price fixed for such publication or Rs.2.00 per page of photocopy for extracts from the publications. The payment is required to be dispatched to: Public Information Officer/ APIO, NIRJAFT.

 

18. Contracts & Procurement Tender

The information are provided in the "Tender" page.


19. Dissemination of knowledge and training for small entrepreneurs for different products from jute

Training programme

For details contact: Director, ICAR-NIRJAFT, 12 Regent Park, Kolkata-700 040.

 

20.  Job

The information are provided in the "Job" page.