To help provide technical manpower for the textile industry, Punjab Technical University (PTU), Jalandhar, will set up a world-class textile institute at a cost of Rs 150 crore in Barnala. The textile industry of Punjab, has been losing its edge in the international as well as domestic market, due to lack of innovation and trained manpower, and hopes to get a new lease with the upcoming state-of-the-art Institute of Textile Technology and Research.
"We have got 20 acres of land from the Punjab government in Barnala. We will set up the Rs 150 crore institute in which the University will make the bulk funding. PTU will form a consortium with top business groups including Vardhman, Trident, Nahar, Aarti and Saluja groups and they will provide the technical expertise," said PTU Vice RPT Vice Chancellor, Dr Rajneesh Arora. "The industry will provide the expertise they have and will help us to design the courses and also help to train and select the faculty," he said, adding that PTU would also partner with the CII to provide practical training to the students who finish their courses.
Punjab Technical University, Kapurthala, the textile giants of Punjab and the State Government would soon register a society to set up the institute. The registration of the society would be done in October and the land is expected to be transfered to the University by November.
Arora added the inadequate availability of contemporary technology in their R&D lab, old syllabus not being synchronic with the present industry’s requirements and unavailability of trained faculty have made a dent on the output of the textile units. Also, most of the existing institutes are catering to the specific sector of the industry and thus miss the holistic approach towards the emerging needs of the textile industry. So, an investment in this field was imperative.
The proposed institute is expected to cater to the requirements of the industry, to keep track of latest developments in the textile fibres and textile technology and to provide competent textile engineers, who can be absorbed in quickly for the best output.