Dr. HV Srinivasa Murthy, Past Chairman of Professional Award Committee (PAC), The Textile Association (India) passed away at the age of 77 years on Thursday, August 13th, 2020 at 1.00 p.m. He was suffering from cancer for last three years and was bed ridden for last two months. It is extremely sad news for the entire Textile Academic / Professionals Fraternity.

Dr. Murthy was B. Sc (Textiles) First Class from GSKSJTI (1966), 3rd rank holder from Bangalore University; M. Tech (Textile Technology) First Class distinction from A.C. College, Madras (1969); PhD from IIT Delhi (1985). Besides he was also a post graduate certificate holder in Business Management from St. Xavier’s College, Bombay. He is the recipient of Fellow of the Textile Association (India) – FTA (1985) and Fellow of the Institution of Engineers’ (India) – FIE.

Dr. Murthy served over 32 year in VJTI, Mumbai as a faculty and retired as Professor and Head, Textile Manufacture Department. He was a great scholar and guide for thousands of students to build their career. He had a working experience of two years in the industry before joining Wool Research Association (WRA), Mumbai, then he joined Veermata Jijabai (Victoria Jubilee) Technical Institute (VJTI) Matunga, Mumbai in September 1971. He had more than 32 years teaching and research experience and guided a number of postgraduate students.

Dr. Murthy has published more than 86 technical research and review papers in national and international journals, reviewed five technical books and written many special reports on national and international conferences, seminars and exhibitions. He was the recipient of “Century Mills Best Technical Book Award” for the books; “Introduction to Textile Fibres” in the year 1989, & “Two for One Technology and Technique for Spun Yarn” in the year 1993. He was also a Practicing Chartered Engineer and Textile Consultant. He was on the selection bodies and Board of Studies in UG and PG studies of various universities inIndia. He was a visiting faculty member of National Center of Quality Management (NCQM), Mumbai and successfully conducted number of ISO-9001 awareness programs in mills. From March 2009 to 2015, he was on the Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education – MSBTE, as Chairman, Textile Engineering Group. He had widely travelled abroad Advanced studies.

He had successfully organized many short term courses for spinning executives and edited books on;
1. Introduction to Textile Fibres
2. Material Management in Textiles,
3. Success story of export oriented units,
4. Value Engineering in Textiles (special issue JTA),

He revised his book on ‘Textile Fibres’, which is now published by Woodhead Publishers. He compiled all the project works done by his students regarding Texturizing and published as a book through Woodhead Publishers. He also revised his book on TFO and is in the pipe line for publications. He wrote two dramas in Kannada, which were released about a week back.

Dr. Murthy served as Chairman of Professionals Awards Committee (PAC), The Textile Association (India) during 1985 to 2016 and also was a Chairman, Textile Studies in Maharashtra State Technical Education Board. He is recipient of Service Gold Medal and Service Memento of the Textile Association (India). He was presented the title of ‘TAI RATNA’ on the Platinum Jubilee Occasion of The Textile Association (India) on 9th April 2014.

He was actively connected with various social and cultural organizations and was interested in literary activities, social services and yoga. He was a very active member of Mysore Association, Mumbai.

He was instrumental in introducing Five Year Graduate Member of Textile Association – GMTA Course and Three Year Diploma level Associateship courses in Textile Association, which is recognized as equivalent to B. Tech Degree offered by Technical Universities and Diploma courses offered by various state technical education boards respectively.

Dr. Murthy was an Advisor during 2004 to 2009 to Shri Vaishnav Institute of Technology & Science (SVITS), Indore (M.P.) and consultant to SVK’s – NMIMS – Centre for Textile Functions, Shirpur Campus (MH) since the year 2000. He was also connected with YCMOU, NIMMS University for various activities. He was a role model for many faculty and students. He had successfully completed a joint project on ‘Feasibility of Processing Indian Cotton and Blends in Airjet Spinning’ along with KYOTO Institute of Technology. Faculty of Fibre Science, MATSUGASAKI, SAKYO-KU-KYOTO, Japan and Central Institute of Research on Cotton – CIRCOT, Mumbai.

He was highly appreciated for his dedication to a cause and selfless unassuming services rendered for educational and social purposes.

Dr. HVS Murthy’s contribution to the TAI and the Textile Academic / Professionals Fraternity will be remembered for a very long time. TAI and Textile Educational Sector of India have lost very well-known and respected personality.

TAI pray to the Almighty for everlasting peaceful stay in heaven to the departed soul and give his family enough courage to sustain this irreparable loss.

Dr. Murthy … miss you a lot!!!