The government is considering quality control orders (QCOs) for 100-odd technical textiles items as the government looks at measures to cut country’s heavy import dependence on machinery and specialty fibre for technical textiles, textile secretary Rachna Shah said Thursday.
These QCOs include 19 geo-tech, 12 pro-tech, 22 agro-tech and six medi-tech.
Shah said over 500 Bureau of Indian Standards have been developed on technical textiles and 40 more are in the works.
She also said that the government is likely to release in the next one month, guidelines to support startups interested in undertaking research and innovation in the technical textiles segment and is contemplating a grant of up to ₹50 lakh for approved proposals.
“An evaluation committee would decide on approving a grant for that, so the grant would be up to ₹50 lakh and that is what we are looking at,” Shah said.
Grad degree programmes
The government on Thursday issued guidelines to enable new undergraduate and postgraduate technical textiles degree programmes and update existing conventional degree programmes with new papers on technical textiles for private and public institutes, as part of the ₹1,480 crore National Technical Textiles Mission.
“This will cover public-funded institutions and also private institutions having NIRF ranking. The assistance for introducing a full course in technical textiles can be up to Rs 20 crore for the PG course and up to Rs 10 crore at the UG level. At UG level, for introducing one mandatory subject and few electives, a grant of up to ₹7.5 crore may be given,” the textile ministry said in a statement.
A grant of ₹20,000 per student per month will be also provided to empanelled firms for providing internships to B.