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Post Event Report – TEXCON -2022 -5th National Conference (Virtual)

“Challenges and Opportunities in Medical and Apparel Textiles”

Shri Vaishnav Institute of Textile Technology (SVITT) under the aggies of Shri Vaishnav Vidhyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya (SVVV), Indore organized a two day National Textile Conference “TEXCON-2022” on 22nd & 23rd February-2022. It was supported by Man-Made Textiles Research Association (MANTRA), Surat (Gujarat).

The inaugural ceremony commenced virtually with the virtual lightning of the lamp in the presence of dignitaries–Chief Guest, Mrs. Roop Rashi, IA&AS, Textile Commissioner, MOT, Govt. of India,

Dr. V. R. Sampath, Director, SVITT introduced and gave the overview about TEXCON-2022 to the gathering and highlighted the emerging importance of technical textiles. He focused on the latest technological advancements and innovations in medical textiles and the entire value chain through multi-disciplinary approaches. Dr. Upinder Dhar, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SVVV highlighted the glorious history of textile revolution from Harappa-Mahenjodaro era to today’s smart textile era. He briefed about the journey of textile from old un-mechanized process to mechanized process to present modern and smart textiles. Dr. P. P. Raichurkar, Director MANTRA highlighted the different textile clusters developed in different parts of India. He has also highlighted about the advancement of medical textile over the time. Souvenir of TEXCON- 2022 was released by all the present dignitaries. Shri Purushottamdas Pasari, Patron and Hon’ble Chancellor, SVVV highlighted that the Indian textile business always plays an important role in growth of Indian economy. He talked about the journey and contribution of Shri Vaishnav Trust in the area of education, medical and other philanthropic services since last 137 years.

Chief Guest, Mrs. Roop Rashi in her inaugural address emphasized on the importance of Indian textile sector in global market. She described statistically about the increase in consumption of cotton and MMF since 1985. She has also emphasized on quality of the product. Finally, Shri Kamalnarayan Bhuradiya proposed the words of thanks.

First session was opened with graciously words of session chair Dr. P. P. Raichurkar, Director, MANTRA, Surat. Dr. Bhuvanesh Gupta, Professor, Department of Textile &Fibre Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, delivered keynote speech on “Fascinating world of biomedical textiles and human healthcare”. Second session was begun with the opening remark of the session chair Dr. Anand Rajawat, Director, SVIIT, SVVV, Indore.Dr. Monalisa Mukherjee, Professor and Director, Former HOD, Amity Institute of Click Chemistry Research and Studies (AICCRS) Professor, Amity Institute of Biotechnology (AIB) India, gave a lecture on Emergence of Heptazine-Based Graphitic Carbon Nitride within Hydrogel Nanocomposites for Scarless Healing of Burn Wounds.

Dr. Prakash Vasudevan, Director, The South India Textile Research Association (SITRA), Coimbatore, India. His talk was on Research on Medical Textiles- A Global Perspective.Session co-chairAr.

Thereafter three concurrent technical sessions were conducted, in that 25 technical papers were presented under research and review category. These papers were in the area specialty fabric, smart textile, functional textile, specialty yarns and green technology.

Third session was enthusiastically opened by the session chair Prof. Uttam Sharma, SVITS, SVVV, Indore. Dr. Deepti Gupta, Professor and Associate Dean, Department of Textile &Fibre Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, delivered a keynote lecture on Nanotechnology based finishing of Textiles. Dr. P. P. Raichurkar, Director, MANTRA, Surat, Gujarat, India delivered a lecture on Medical textiles: artificial body parts. Third plenary lecture was on Covid-19 and Surat Textile Industry. It was delivered byMr. R. S. Bachkaniwala and President, MANTRA, Surat, Gujarat.

Fourth plenary session chaired by Dr. K.N. Guruprasad, Director, SVIS, SVVV, Indore. Mr. Rahul Bansal, Head, Business Development, Birla Cellulose, India, reviewed different improvement strategy of the sustainability of products in a cost-effective way. Dr. Surajit Kumar Basu, Former Director, MANTRA, Surat, Gujarat, discussed on effect of properties of input material and process parameters on properties of nonwoven by spunlace technology. Dr. Sadhan Ch. Ray, Ex-Professor and Former HOD, Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, University of Calcutta, informed about advances in knitting science and showcased how they opened up new horizons in apparel and technical textiles. Mr. Sudarsan Rajgopalan, Managing Director, Medicare, India, depicted opportunities into manufacturing of Technical Textiles (Medical Textile).

Mr. Sushanta Naik, Assistant Professor, SVITT, SVVV, Indore conducted a workshop on “Textile Design using MS Paint”. 50 participants of various educational (Diploma to Research scholars) from all over India participated in the workshop with different.

The Chief Guest of the Valedictory Ceremony was Mr. Umasankar Sinha Mahapatra, Senior Vice President & Group Head, Innovation & Sustainability (ECG), Business Head, Health & Hygiene, Welspun India Limited. In Valedictory ceremony, Dr. Namit Gupta, Chairman, TEXCON – 2022 presented conference report.Dr. V. R. Sampath, Director, SVITT, SVVV, Indore announced the best research paper and best review paper awardee names. Dr. Shyamal Maity, MANTRA, Surat, received best research paper certificate (virtual) for his presentation on “Electro-Conductive Fabric Prepared by Chemical Polymerization and Electrochemical Polymerization of Pyrrole on to Textile”. Chikoti Vakya Priya and Sahithi Natva, NIFT Hydrabad received best paper certificate (virtual) in review category for their presentation on “Nanotechnology Application in Antimicrobial Textiles and Its Significance in Post-Pandemic Scenario”. The brochure of TEXCON 2023 was released. Chief Guest, Mr. Umasankar Sinha Mahapatr a narrated the journey of India from zero to 2nd largest suppliers of PPE kit by mere 2 year spans. He praised the organizers for choosing very relevant topic in pandemic atmosphere. He pointed out the scope of Medical Textile in global and national level in current in pandemic situation and further. Dr. Shamayita Patra, Organizing Secretary, TEXCON–2022 proposed the words of thanks.

The Journal of Textile Association and Textile Value Chain were the media partners. In TEXCON 2022, faculties, scientists, research scholarsand students were participated from various institutes of the country. The delegates from Industries, Textile Mill Association (M.P.) & Textile Association (India) were also presented in both days of conference.

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