Shri Vaishnav Institute of Textile Technology (SVITT) under Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya, Indore has organized a two day 4th National Textile Conference “TEXCON-2021” on 18th & 19th February, 2021 (Virtually). The theme of conference was “New World of Textiles: Shaping for the Future”. TEXCON-2021 was aimed at bringing together the entire extended textile fraternity on one platform for the intellectual interface of varied domains.

Day 1: 18th February 2021
Inaugural Session
The inaugural ceremony commenced with the lightening of the lamp (Virtually) by a group of dignitaries, Chief Guest, Mrs. Dipali Goenka, CEO & Joint Managing Director, Welspun India Ltd, Honorable Shri Purushottamdas Pasari, Chancellor of Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya, Dr. Upinder Dhar, Vice Chancellor of Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya, Dr. R. K. Datta, Director of Shri Vaishnav Institute of Textile Technology, Shri Kamalnarayan Bhuradiya, Honorary Secretary of Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Trust.

Dr. R. K. Datta, Director, SVITT & the Chairperson of TEXCON-2021 briefed about TEXCON-2021. Dr. Upinder Dhar welcomed all the dignitaries and the participants from the various parts of India and Abroad. He highlighted the glorious history of textile revolution and briefed about the journey of textile from old un-mechanized process to mechanized process to present modern and smart textiles. Shri Purushottamdas Pasari, talked about the journey and contribution of Shri Vaishnav Trust in education, medical and other philanthropic services since last 137 years.

Mrs. Dipali Goenka, emphasized on the importance of functionalities of new textiles by adopting nano-technology to create more scientific clothing, like fire-repellent, self-cleaning, water-repellent, composite materials, and color-adaptive fabrics. Welspun has always focused on consumers needs and catered to innovative products. She urged to ensure sustainability, traceability and reduce environmental impacts in this sector by utilizing a circular economy model which is emerging importance. Finally, Shri Kamalnarayan Bhuradiya proposed the words of thanks.

Renowned professional of Industry and Academia; 10 speakers from 9 renowned Indian Institutes, 2 speakers from Industry, 2 speakers from abroad and 1 speaker from GoI delivered their lectures in the conference.

Students, research scholars and faculty members of 13 institutes presented their papers in 5 concurrent sessions. Journal of Textile Association (JTA), The Yarn Bazaar and Textile Value Chain were the Media Partner for this 4th National Conference.

Plenary Session-I
Dr. Surinder Tandon, Managing Director, Tandon Textile Innovations, Christchurch, New Zealand delivered a lecture on Wool Ideal for Apparel Fashion and Functionality. Dr. A. K. Samanta, Professor and Former Head, Department of Jute and Fiber Technology, IJT, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India, presented a research paper on Eco-Friendly Approaches for Improving Fastness, UV Protection, and Anti-microbial Properties. Dr. Surjeet Sengupta, Principal Scientist, Head (MPD), ICAR- NINFET, Kolkata, discussed on Agro-Jute: A Solution for Green Cultivation. This Session was chaired by Dr. K. N. Guruprasad, Director, SVIS, SVVV, Indore.

Plenary Session-II
Dr. Apurba Das, Professor, Department of Textile and Fiber Engineering, IIT Delhi, gave a talk on Electrostatic Spray Coating Technology for Thermoplastic Composites. Dr. Pavan Manvi, Scientist, Institute for Textile Technique of RWTH Aachen University, Germany, discussed on Eco-friendly Approach to Develop Anti-drug Resistant Textiles. Dr. V. D. Gotmare, Chairman, CKMC, KVIC, Ministry of MSME, GoI, discussed on Khadi for Sustainable Textiles. Mr. N. D. Mhatre, Director General (Tech.), ITAMMA, Mumbai, talked on Vocal for Local in Textile Engineering Industry. This session was Chaired by Dr. S. M. Ishtiaque, Emeritus Professor, Department of Textile and Fiber Engineering, IIT Delhi, and Dr. R. K. Datta, Director, SVITT, SVVV, Indore.

Total 20 technical papers were presented in the three Concurrent Technical Sessions in first day of conference. They are broadly in the field of Sustainability, Technical Textiles, and garment sector.

1st concurrent technical session was chaired by Dr. S. R. Shah, Head of Textile Chemistry Department, MS University, Baroda. 2nd Concurrent technical session was chaired by Dr. G. Bose, Retired Principal Scientist, ICAR-NIRJAFT, Kolkata, and Dr. Shrikant Pandey, Head of Mechanical Department, SVITS, SVVV, Indore. 3rd concurrent technical session was chaired by Dr. Pradeep Joshi, Director General & Dean Amity University, Noida, and Dr. Anand Babu, Head of Civil Department, SVITS, SVVV, Indore.

Day 2: 19th February 2021
Plenary Session-III
Dr. Abhijit Majumdar, Professor, Department of Textile and Fiber Engineering, IIT Delhi, delivered a lecture on Circularity in Textile Supply Chain. Dr. Manoj Tiwari, Associate Professor, NIFT, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, discussed on Changing Paradigms: Apparel Industry 4.0. Dr. Ravindra D. Kale, Professor, Department of Fibers and Textile Processing Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, talked on Dyeing of Nylon Fabric Using Nano Emulsion. Chairpersons for the session were Dr. Santosh Dhar, Dean, Faculty of Doctoral Studies and Research, SVVV, Indore, and Prof. Deepak Kulkarni, Principal, Govt. Polytechnic, Nagpur & Chairman TAI Vidarbha.

Plenary Session-IV
Dr. V. Ramesh Babu, Head and Associate Professor, Department of Textile Technology, Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore, delivered a lecture on Covid-19 Pandemic Spurs Innovation in Healthcare Textile. Mr. Ashwani K. Goel, Vice President (Tech.), Vardhman Yarns, Mandideep, discussed on Effective Utilization of Online Monitoring System in Spinning Mills. Dr. Bibhu Prasad Dash, Head, Department of Textile Engineering, College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar, described FEM Analysis for Textile Reinforced Composites. Dr. Pradeep Joshi, Director General & Dean, Amity University, Noida, described the Impact of COVID -19 on Purchase of Fashion Apparel. Dr. Mukesh Kumar Singh, Director, UPPTI, Kanpur, described the Importance of Medical Textiles. This Session was chaired by Shri R. P. Gautum, Advisor, Maral Overseas Ltd. and Dr. Namit Gupta, Director, SVITS, SVVV, Indore.

Total 13 technical papers were presented during the two Concurrent Technical Sessions on second day of conference. They are broadly in the field of Textile Engineering and Textile Chemical Processing. 4th concurrent Technical session was chaired by Dr. Kavita Sharma, Professor & Coordinator, SVIFS, SVVV, Indore, and Dr. B. Basu, Retired GM, Reliance Group of Industry. 5th Concurrent Technical Session was chaired by Dr. Ashwin Thakkar, Head of Textile Technology Department, L. D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad and Dr. M. P. Gautam, Professor, SVIFS, SVVV, Indore.

VALEDICTORY CEREMONY
The Chief Guest of the Valedictory Ceremony was Shri Ashok Juneja, President, The Textile Association India (TAI). In Valedictory Ceremony Dr. R. K. Datta presented conference report. Dr. Upinder Dhar, Vice Chancellor, Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya, said that the textile industry is as mother of all other industry of India and play an important role for industrial revolution. He emphasized on the industry – educational institute linkage and he said that TAI and SVITT should work together to resolve the problem related with industry. He said that ‘we should focus on application based research in collaboration with industry’. The brochure of TEXCON-2022 was also released.

Shri Ashok Juneja, in his keynote address, said that Indian Textile Industry is Sunrise Industry. Textile sector is the second largest employment provider after the Agriculture Sector. He emphasized on new technology adaption, automation, and digitalization. Shri Juneja also welcomed the recent Union Budget 2021, a positive step forward to reboots the Indian textile sectors. He advised to students and faculties to remain connected with industry and TAI for the latest development.

Vote of thanks was proposed by Mr. Pavan Kumar Gupta, Organizing Secretary, TEXCON 2021.