The Textile Association (India) established on 09th April, 1939 with 126 Founding Members. First Unit started by Solapur in 1939. Now there are more than 23,000 strong membership with 26 affiliated Units spread throughout the length and breadth of the country managed by the apex body called Governing Council.

The Association is Born – 1939
The Indian textile industry, started in 1850s, was still in a primitive, craft stage till 1930s. Little formal education, rule of thumb solutions to problems, secrecy by mills and isolation of technicians were rampant. Some small groups like Saturday Textile Club of Bombay and Textile Brotherhood at Ahmedabad existed on a small local scale. Ten visionary technocrats brought 126 technicians and managers together on Sunday, the 9th April 1939 to establish the Textile Association (India); a forum for free exchange of technical and other information in a spirit of fellowship and cooperation.

House Magazine Started -1940
The need to give publicity to activities of TAI, to convey happenings in the industry, to give summary of important articles was fulfilled by starting Textile Digest’. Early features were employment opportunities, readers’ page, open forum etc. The TD soon became a textile darling, a proud possession of every member.

Annual Conferences Begin 1944
An idea mooted in 1943, fructified in 1944, in the form of a conference to foster closer liaison and fellowship between members and to start a forum for exchange of views on vital issues related to the textile industry. An exhibition was also organized where indigenous machinery parts were exhibited. This twin affair was such a grand success that it was made into a major annual event which also served the admirable purpose of raising funds for TAI activities.

Professional Qualifications Start – 1945
The awards of Associate-ship and Fellowship by application were started to recognize acquired capability of technical and managerial kind in Indian textile mills.

Book Publication Taken UP – 1964
Three books were commissioned and published during the Silver Jubilee. ‘Indian Cotton Textile Industry – an Economic Analysis’ by

  • Indian Cotton Textile Industry – an Economic Analysis Dr. D. S. Mehta
  • The Cotton Mills of India, 1854 – 1954 P. N. Joshi
  • Technical Development in Textile Industry – a Compendium

The Steady Growth of UnitS 1944 – 1997
As the word of TAI activities spread across the country, many other textile centres than Mumbai wished to start similar activities. The migration of experienced technicians from Mumbai also helped. A post of Liaison Officer was created and efforts made bore good fruit: 11 branches – later called Units – were established in just one decade till 1953. By 1997 almost all textile centres had been covered through 27 Units.

Some of the Many to Whom We Owe Our Gratitude

First Editors Publishers Conference Pioneers New Ideaters Book Makers The Expansionists Exhibition
G.N. Vaidya  G.N. Vaidya  Dr. Nazir Ahmed  N.V. Ullal  J.J. Randeri  D.B. Katrak
N.V. Ullal  Nandulal Mehta  J.P. Shrivastav  B.B. Joshi  Nandulal Mehta 
T.G. Chowdhary  Dr. Nazir Ahmed  Nandulal Mehta  G.N. Vaidya N.V Ullal 
P.V. S. lyengar  Dr. Venkataraman  G.N. Vaidya G.K. Ved 
P.N. Joshi J.J. Randeri K.M. Patel 
B.A. Shah 
M.K. Mehra

Registered under the Societies Act of 1860, the TAI is a not-for-profit organization managed by the apex body called the Governing Council. Members of GC are elected by the Units in proportion to their membership strength. The Office Bearers of the Central Office are elected by the GC members. The President, Vice President and Chairman are helped by the Honorary General Secretary, two Honorary Joint Secretaries and an Honorary Treasurer. The Units and the Centre have essentially the same Memorandum of Association as well as Rules & Regulations. The Units, with their own Office Bearers, are autonomous in their activities and are joined together through a federal structure under the Central Office at the national level.

Membership is open to all connected with the textile industry, trade, education and research as individuals or as organizations. Individuals can acquire student, ordinary, overseas, life or patron membership. Life membership, very cost effective, is the most popular; while patrons give extra support to the cause of TAI.

The members of Local Managing Committees of the Units and of the Governing Council are elected every two years. The LMC usually meets once a month while GC meets 3 to 4 times a year, to decide policies, to plan activities and to conduct activities.

The phenomenal growth achieved by TAI over 66 years is a result not only of the vision of its founding fathers, but also of the true democratic spirit of a vast number of dedicated textile professionals who have worked tirelessly for the cause of TAI.

The Textile Association (INDIA) Memorandum of Association

The name of the Association shall be “The Textile Association (India)”

Registered Office

  • The Registered Office (Headquarters) of the Association shall be at such place as the Governing Council may decide from time to time.
  • The Governing Council may open Units of the Association at such places in India and abroad as it may deem fit and accord affiliation to them as per Regulation herein mentioned for achieving and promoting the aims and objects of the Association, provided it has a minimum membership of 150 and the same shall be confirmed by the General Body at its first meeting held after such decision is taken by the Governing Council.


  • The Objects of the Association are:-
  1. To promote and stimulate the thought and knowledge of the science of textile technology and its communication by continuing education and training program in the field of manufacturing of fibre, yarn, fabrics and garments of any description in combination with the knowledge of natural science which relates to the physical, chemical or other fundamental properties of any of the substances used or any of the manufacturing processes employed in the textile education.
  2. To provide appropriate forum for exchange of knowledge, experience and ideas in textile production and textile economics, management and marketing which may include lectures, seminars, work-shop, training classes, conferences, demonstrations, study tours, visits and research studies and to conduct such activities jointly with similar Institutes and Organizations for promotion of textile education.
  3. To provide opportunities and facilities for learning textile technology and management through lectures, discussions, trainings etc., to the members of the Association and to other Organizations of different sectors of the textile industry and to diffuse useful information in the textile and allied subjects and organizing participations in such activities of students, technologists, managers, researchers and other connected with textile industry.
  4. To conduct professional examinations and granting competency certificates, diplomas and degrees to technologists by examination or by applications.
  5. To print and publish books, booklets, pamphlets, periodicals and other publications and to prepare and circulate video cassettes etc., so as to advance knowledge of textile manufacturing and processing and other relevant matter pertaining to textile industry.
  6. To print and publish official Journal of the Association which will include articles and news on textile technology, fibres, machineries, manufacturing processes, quality standards, management, marketing, important information of textiles and allied industries including technically important abstracts appearing in other periodicals and news “papers, statistical information relating to textile industry and also proceedings on seminars and conferences etc. held under the auspicious of the Association and its Units.
  7. To collect and disseminate statistical and other information’s relating to technology, production capacity, raw materials, machineries, man power, exports, imports, taxation, etc. concerning to textiles and allied industries and to circulate such information for the knowledge of technologists and public at large.
  8. To establish, run and maintain reading room and library having books, papers and periodicals for study and references on textile technology and related subjects.
  9. To enter into any arrangements or agreements with any other Associations or Organizations or Authorities having similar objects of the Association and to join with any Association, chamber or organization for the furtherance of its objects or grant amalgamation of such Institutes/organizations having similar objects of the Association.
  10. To subscribe for becoming a member of or otherwise coordinate with any other Institutes, organizations whose objects are similar to the Association.
  11. To take all possible steps to establish harmonious relations with the industry and the Government.
  12. To institute or arrange to institute and establish scholarship, awards and prizes for encouragement of study, research and for contribution in the science of textile technology, manufacturing, designing etc.
  13. To take such steps to make public appeal by letters, circulars, newspapers, public meetings or organize social or cultural events as may be proper for the purpose of collection funds in the form of donations, subscriptions, advertisements, and sponsorships or otherwise, for the furtherance of the objects of the Association.
  14. To conduct, organize sponsor and participate, either jointly with other Organizations or independently in national and international textile trade and machinery exhibitions.
  15. To educate the industry and general public on the problems and issues of the textile industry and to represent and arrange for representation OP such issues before the respective authorities.
  16. To accept grants, donations, gifts, money or other properties from members or other than members for the furtherance of all or any of the objects or for the provision of the expenses of the Association.
  17. To acquire by purchase, lease, hire purchase or otherwise either alone or jointly with any other society. Association, Institutes or organization any movable or immovable property rights, privileges and conveniences and also erect building on land for time being belonging to or in the occupation of the Association and to repair, improve, alter, extend or rebuild any or all buildings and constructions belonging to the Association in its occupation and to remove or demolish any such construction not so required.
  18. To sell, lease, mortgage, surrender, exchange, dispose off or otherwise deal with all or any part of the movable or immovable property belonging to the Association or in its occupation.
  19. To borrow and raise money on the security of any movable or immovable property belonging to or in the occupation of the Association.
  20. To assist unemployed members of the Association to obtain work and organize relief to those who may be under financial strains during unemployment.
  21. To promote and support all well concerned schemes and programs for general welfare of the members and to encourage them to organize such events for fellowship and co-operation amongst them.
  22. To make rules & regulations and bye-laws for the conduct of the affairs of the Association and add, amend, vary or rescind them from time to time.
  23. And generally to do all that may be necessary in the interest of the realization of the above objects of the Association directly or indirectly.
  • The accounts shall be kept for all sums of money received and expended by the Association and the matter in respect of which such receipt and expenditure took place and of the property, credits and liabilities of the Association and subject to any reasonable restriction as to the time and manner of inspecting the same that may be imposed in accordance with the regulations of the Association shall be opened to the inspection for the members once at least in every year. The accounts of the Association shall be examined and the correctness of the Balance sheet ascertained by one or more qualified Auditor or Auditors.
  • The income and property of the Association whosesoever derived shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the objects of the Association as set forth in this Memorandum of Association and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise howsoever by way of profit to the members of the Association provided that nothing herein shall prevent the payment in good faith of any remuneration, out of pocket expenses, travelling allowances etc., any Office Bearers or members or employees or other persons in turn of services rendered to the Association but no member of the Governing Council or Office Bearers shall be appointed to any salaried office of the Association or any office of the Association paid by way of fees and commission.
  • If upon winding up or dissolution of the Association, there remains, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, any property whatsoever, the same shall not be distributed amongst the members of the Association but shall be given or transferred to such other Association or organization having similar objects of this Association to be determined by the General Body of the Association at or before the time of dissolution or in default thereof by the High Court of jurisdiction that has or may acquire jurisdiction in the matter.


In the interpretation of these Rules & Regulations the following words and expressions shall have the following meanings, unless repugnant to the subject or context:

  • “Association” means the Textile Association (India) established as aforesaid.
  • “Rules 8s Regulations” means Memorandum and the Rules & Regulations of the Association framed by the Governing Council from time to time.
  • “Textile Industry” means all sectors of Textile industry and shall deem to include organized mills Power looms, handlooms, knitting, silk, woolen. Jute and garments sector etc.
  • “Textile Manufacturing” includes textile manufacturing, processing, garment making, designing, management and marketing.
  • “Governing Council” means the council of the Association constituted by the elected representatives of its Units to administer the affairs of the Association.
  • “Standing Advisory Committee” means the committee constituted by the President of Association as herein after provided.
  • “Member” means any Honorary, Patron, Life, Ordinary or Organizational member including overseas and student member of the Association for the time being.
  • “Member” word imparting masculine gender which also includes the feminine gender.
  • “Register of Members” means the Register of all types of Members to be kept under Rules at Central Office.
  • “Central Office” means the administrative headquarters of the Association.
  • “Logo” means the symbol of the Association.
  • “Financial Year” means April to March.
  • “Term of Governing Council” means the date from which the Governing Council takes over the charge till it hands over to the newly elected Governing Council after two years.
  • Singular number – word imparting the singular number include plural and vice versa.

Membership And Fees

(a) Eligibility of Membership

The Membership of the Association shall be open to those falling under one or more of the following categories:

  • Those engaged in technical, supervisory, administrative or managerial capacities in textile mills, power looms, handlooms, knitting, artsilk, silk, woollen and jute Units of the industry and those employed in manufacturing and Trading of Textile Machineries, Fibres, Dyes, Chemicals and Auxiliaries connected with Textile Industry having a minimum qualification of graduation or diploma.
  • Those engaged on the technical or administrative staff of any recognized Textile bodies. Technological or Research Institutes or Laboratories and those working as textile consultants.
  • Those working as Textile Journalists connected with textile and allied periodicals and publications.
  • All those qualified in Textile from universities, polytechnics and other technical institutions recognized by the Governing Council of the Association from time to time.
  • Those who had worked at sometime or other in past in any one of the capacities enumerated in (i) or (ii) above.

(b) The student membership shall be open to those falling under one of the following categories:

  • Student of recognized Textile or Technological Institutes studying diploma or degree courses.
  • Person working in Textile Industry or laboratories or Research Institutes not falling under the Regulation 2 (a) but desiring to enhance his qualifications by appearing ATA Examination for which he is eligible.

Class of Membership

There will be four classes of members:
(a) Corporate Members
(b) Patron Members
(c) Life Members
(d) Overseas Members

a.  Corporate Members
This membership will be open to the Textile Units. Fibre Manufacturers, Textile Machinery Manufacturers. Dyes, Chemicals and Auxiliary Manufacturers etc., connected with the Textile Industry and Textile Research Institutions and Laboratories. The Corporate Membership shall be for ten years and its fees shall be as per bye-laws. Such Corporate members will have a right to depute two persons for participating in the activities organized by the Association. Such nominees will enjoy all the facilities of Life Membership.

b.  Patron Members
Persons eligible to become member under Rule 2 (a) can be enrolled as Patron member by paying fees as per bye laws. A Life Member can become a Patron member on payment of fees as per bye-laws on completion of five years as Life Membership.

c.  Life Members
Persons eligible to become member under Rule 2 (a) can be enrolled as Life Member by paying fees as per bye-laws.

Overseas Members
A Member of the Association who leaves the country to serve or do business in any part of the world or decides to settle permanently in other country and if he desires to receive notices of the meetings, other communications and journals etc., from headquarters he will Life Time membership.

Any Indian or foreign national who has obtained degree/ diploma from Indian Universities/Institutions or foreign Universities/Institutions and is settled in other countries, will be eligible to become Life Time member of the Association.

The eligibility criteria of membership mentioned above will have to be verified and confirmed by the Units at the time of the application except in the case of members already on the role of the Association as on the date of the amendments to these Rules become effective.

The Governing Council shall from time to time frame Rules for entrance and membership fees which shall be finally approved by the General body.

Persons or organizations fulfilling the eligibility criteria or conditions may be is desirous of becoming member of the Association shall apply in the prescribed form of the Association supported by 2 members having 2 years membership of the Association. The admission of the membership shall be governed by the procedure of enrollment of membership as per the bye-laws.

Persons becoming member of the Association will pay an entrance fee as per bye-laws. Entrance fees will be credited to the Central Reserve Fund.

Every member of the Association shall be attached to any one of the affiliated Unit, preferably of the area in which he resides or work at the moment. In case he moves to another area thereafter he may transfer his membership to the Unit of that area in which he then resides or works. Such transfer can be made provided that the Central Office is informed accordingly. No fees shall be charged for such a transfer.

A person/organizations being admitted to the Membership of the Association, he or the nominees of the organizations will be deemed to have agreed to abide by the rules and regulations and bye-laws of the Association that may come into force from time to time.

Members shall continue to enjoy all rights as Patron or Life Members during their life time as the case may be.

Patron Members will be given badges with logo of the Association showing their membership of the Association. Badges will be provided by the Central Office.

Membership fees collected will be shared between the centre and the affiliated Units as per bye-laws. The share of the centre out of the fees of Patron members will be credited to a special fund earmarked for capital expenditure of any nature as decided by the Governing Council. The affiliated Units will be free to spend its share of membership fees in a manner as it deem fit for the furtherance of the objects of the Association.

Register of Members
A Register of members shall be kept in which such information about members like name, date of birth, qualifications, residential address, occupation / employment, office address and his affiliated Unit for the time being, the date at which he was enrolled as a member, all changes in membership from Life to Patron and his affiliated Units shall be incorporated. In case of organizational members such information like the name of organization, its registered office, nature of business, date at which it was enrolled as organizational member, all changes in name of the representatives, the period of its membership etc., shall be incorporated in the Register of members. The Register shall be updated every 2 years with the help of the Units. It shall remain open for inspection during office hours of the Association on giving such intimations in advance.

Name Of The Unit Year
Solapur 1944
Khandesh (Dhule) 1945
Madhya Pradesh (Indore) 1945
Uttar Pradesh (Kanpur) 1945
Baroda 1947
Ahmedabad 1948
South India (Coimbatore) 1948
Vidarbha (Nagpur) 1949
West Bengal (Calcutta) 1950
Mumbai 1952
Karnataka (Banglore) 1953
Saurashtra (Surendranagar) 1959
Delhi 1965
South Gujarat (Surat) 1967
Salem 1973
Amritsar / Jalendhar 1973
Chennai 1974
Ichalkaranji-Miraj 1975
Marathwada (Nanded) 1975
Rajasthan (Bhilwara) 1976
Kota* 1976
Haryana (Bhiwani) 1978
Hinganghat 1980
Gwalior 1989
PHC (Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh) 1989
Orissa (Bhuvneshwar) 1990
Erode (Komarapalayam) 1991