Textile Association (Ahmedabad) | Office Bearers
     
 


HISTORY OF TEXTILE INDUSTRY IN AHMEDABAD


After its creation in 1411, the city went through successive periods of glory and decline. It flourished during the 16th and 17th centuries when it became one of the finest cities in India and then waned during the 18th century, when the Marathas challenged the might of the Mughal Empire. It rose to prominence once again with the establishment of the textile industry and as Gandhi’s base for the nationalist movement for Indian Independence.

Ahmedabad became the base camp for the Indian freedom struggle with Gandhiji’s Sabarmati Ashram on the outskirts of the city, the core. From here he guided India to freedom. After the freedom movement this city of textiles often called the ‘Manchester of the East’ became a national pilgrimage, a symbol of non-violence and peace. Though the capital of Gujarat was shifted from Ahmedabad to Gandhinagar, it is still the second largest industrial city in western India. Over a period of time Ahmedabad has consolidated its position as a vibrant business and commercial city but is also famed as an academic centre with a number of premier institutions of higher studies located here.

Ahmedabad is also the main centre of the huge textile industry. With increasing liberalisation at both the economic level and at the societal level, business protocol adheres to western standards.

Textile Industry :
The history of Ahmedabad proves that the important it enjoyed was more as a centre of textile industry with a countrywide fame than as a capital or as city of unique architectural beauty. It is rightly said that Ahmedabad’s prosperity was wellknit with three threads, the silken, the golden and the cotton. The trade of Ahmedabad would have kept it in the limelight even if it had nor been the capital or the centre of art and architecture, and it is only the enterprising spirit of this land that has created the Ahmedabad of today out of crisis in the past. Had it nor been for this ahmedabad would have been nowhere after the great disorder which was the consequence of the Maratha and the Peshwa rule. Industries which had developed during the regime of the independent Sultans and Moguls were ruined in this period of disorder. Higher middle class people due to fear for safety of life and property and the lower classes due to unpeaceful conditions had left the city and as we have seen in an early chapter the population of 12 lacs was reduced to 80000 in 1818 when the British took possession of the city. Te present revitalization and the glory of the city also is due to its progress in industry and commerce. When Ahmedabad was captured by the British, Europe was then experiencing the birth pangs of the machine age. Raw materials were for the first time turned into finished products by machines on a large scale and with a great ease.

Manufacturing Industries :
This was the position for about seventy five years but it seems that Ahmedabad was destined once more to regain its past prosperity. Sjt. Ranchhodlal Chhotalal broke the ice by starting the first spinning mill in Shahpur (1861). The attempt was so successful that after that many other mills were started. Ahmedabad again became a leading centre of industrial and commercial activities. In the year 1905 there were about 33 textile mills in the city. The textile industry was the most flourishing industry and consequently attracted attention of many of the wealthy families.

Mahatma Gandhi who emerged as a great political leader began to advocate khadi in place of foreign cloth and this movement also helped the Swadeshi cloth to a great extent. Such favourable circumstances helped to develop the textile industry of Ahmedabad which in due course could achieve the title of Manchester of India. That was really a golden opportunity for developing the manufacturing industries of Ahmedabad. Mills like Calico, Arvind, Jubilee, Ambica etc, seized the opportunity and began to manufacture such a fine wuality of cloth that it could easily replace British cloth in the Indian markets. Not only that but because of the finest quality of Indian cloth some countries encouraged its imports and mills could outlook of Ahmedabad was thus changed by two personalities, namely Sjt. Ranchhodlal Chhotalal and Mahatma Gandhiji in their different ways. It is needless to dwell here on this subject as the history of textile industry in Ahmedabad is discussed in a separate chapter. But it is desirable to acquaint ourselves with various other subsidiary industries of the city.

   
       
THE TEXTILE ASSOCIATION (INDIA) AHMEDABAD UNIT:

The Textile Association (India) the largest professional body is having more than 20,000 members, spread all over the country in 27 units. The Ahmedabad Unit is fortunate of being second in the organization, started 60 years ago with 144 members is now having membership 4000 no doubt the Textile Association which use to represent only composite mills in the past is now since one decade spread widely having its membership from decentralized sector & allied industries too. To-day Ahmedabad Unit is completing its existence of 60 years and to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee it has hosted 63rd A.I.T.C alongwith TMEx’08 exhibition.

Well friends, 60 years is an unique achievement for an individual as well as for any organization. When we look to the past, Ahmedabad unit has a glorious history of activities and achievements. Friends, can you ever imagine that the Ahmedabad unit started 60 years ago in a small 10x10 garage at Kankaria is now having its own magnificent building on the bank of River Sabarmati with its full fledged office auditorium hall and an open air theater. It is purely because of a few selfless stalwarts who have worked very hard during those days. Here we would like to make a special mention of two great leaders Dr. Vikram Sarabhai & Shri P. H. Raval, who were a source of inspiration in those days to our Ahmedabad Unit, well amongst them Shri P. H. Raval provided leadership as president to the unit continuously for 12 years.

Let us mention with proud that Shri P. H. Raval’s confidence & leadership alongwith members of building committee sharvashri J. M. Dalal, K.M. Patel, P. M. Banker, B.S. Patel, N.H. Shah, M. H. Mehta & B. A. Shah’s ever readiness for any amount of work at any time, as we as fullest support from industry’s stalwarts like Shri Kasturbhai Lalbhai, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, Shri S. A. Kher & Shri R. R. Anada has fuifilled the cherished dream of an office building being materilised into a huge premises.
As a result of its image and technical capacity, about 20 years back the State Government had entrusted the Technical survey of closed Textile Mills of Gujarat, and with the co-operation of our senior Technocrats, we were able to complete the survey of 22 closed mills of Gujarat and submitted the reports to the Govt. of Gujarat which were quite appreciated.

It is our privilege to mention here that on account of numerous activities in different areas and excellent administration, the Ahmedabad unit is fortunate in winning the Best unit Rotating Trophy floated by our central office continuously for the last three years, whereby Ahmedabad unit could achieve hatrick in the history of the unit so far, which is an additional feather in the cap of the members of Ahmedabad Unit.

THE BIRTH OF AHMEDABAD UNIT:
The Ahmedabad Unit came into existence as the sixth unit of The Textile Association (India) on 16th November,1948 on Dev-Diwali day, with a membership of 144 technicians. A provisional managing committee was formed to carry out the activities with an initiative and personal involvement of Shri V. M. Deshpande the Weaving Master of Arvind Mills, who was general secretary of all India body. Shri S. H. Gidwani of Calico Mills was the first president initially for sometime and Shri V. M. Despande was the first Hon. Secretary of Ahmedabad Unit- Among others sarvashri A.C. Balaram, P.H. Raval, P. M. Banker, N. H. Shah, J. M. Dalal, P. S. Trivedi, B. B. Mitra, C. N. Sharma, B. D. Trivedi & C. J. Patel were Chief pioneers of the Ahmedabad unit.

KHAT MAHURAT-VASTUPUJAN AND INAUGURATION:
Late Shri P. H. Raval, the then President of Association laid foundation stone of this hall on 9th October,1959. Exactly after six years the vastupujan ceremony was performed by Shri and Smt. B. A. Shah, the then Hon. Secretary and late Prof. M.S. Thacker, the then member of the Planning Commission and renowned scientist of our country inaugurated it on 23rd May,1965. The total cost of this hall and surrounding office was of Rs. 6 lakhs It has a sitting capacity of 771 persons with all facilities of auditorium fulfilling the requirements of public community hall. Dinesh Hall is equipped with RCA sound system, accustically treated and fully air cooled.

   
 
       
   
 
Vastupujan at Dinesh Hall
FOUNDATION STONE LAID DINESH HALL
 
   
 
       
   
 
Late Shree Dinesh Kantilal, in whose memory
The Hall is named
Building innauguaration on 23rd May 1965
 

OPEN AIR THEATRE:
With the increases in the membership and activities of the Association, an idea was mooted to build an Open Air Theatre behind Dinesh Hall on the bank of the river Sabarmati. As a result in October 1976, the open air theatre came into existence with a big state and a screen for projection having a sitting capacity of 2500 persons from a donation of Rs. 35,000/- given by Smt. Ugaribai Chhotalal Vakil Trust by the initiative of late Shri Kalyanbhai Gandhi and ot was named as “C.C. Vakil Open Air Theatre.” The total cost of the project was about Rs. 2 lakhs.

Within a short span of 12 years, the Association could built its own office building with auditorium and open air theatre which is fully utilized for the activities of the Association and over and above that it is being let our for dramatics, musical, cultural activities and for marriage parties to the general public, and thereby fulfills both the educational and cultural needs of the members & society at large. The head-quarter of the All India Body of the Association also functioned through this premises during 1966 to 1979. At present the Ahmedabad office is well equipped with computer, fax facilities & Inter Net connection.

HOUSING SOCIETIES:
With a view to strengthen brotherhood amongst the members of Ahmedabad Unit Two housing societies have been brought into existence in the years 1958 and 1960, one adjoining to Dinesh Hall known as Textile Technicians Co-operative Housing Society and the other opposite to the building of Ahmedabad Textile Mills’ Association known as Mill Officers’ Co-operative Housing Society.

LIASON WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS:
The Ahmedabad Unit has its healthy link with Research bodies like ATIRA, BTRA, SITRA, NITRA, MANTRA(Surat), representative trade union T.L.A., Ahmedabad Textile Mills Association, R.C.T.I., N.T.C. (Guj.) Ltd.; & State Government. The Unit has its own library having technical and management books concerning the textile and allied industries and members are taking benefit of the same.

       
   
 
ATIRA
Calico Musuem
 

ACTIVITIES:
· Seminars, Lectures, Group Discussion and Road show for future events etc.
· Publishing Tex-View “UNIT” (Bi monthly)
· Joint Programme with other unit’s
· Joint programme with other associations
· Guidance lectures for ATA & GMTA Exam.
· Educational library
· Organising Conferences & Exhibitions
· Entertainment programme Get together for members
· Sponsoring other units
· Classes on Basic knowledge of Computer & Personality Development
· Sports Activities
· Co-operative credit society
· Liason with state Government
· Arrange overseas tour for our technocrats
· Shri B. A. Shah Educational & Welfare Fund

   

 

   
  THE TEXTILE ASSOCIATION (INDIA) : AHMEDABAD UNIT
NAME AND ADDRESSES OF THE OFFICE BEARERS FOR THE YEARS 2015-2019
   
       
 
SHRI T. L. Patel
President

18/B, Sarvodaya Nagar No.1,
Bhuyangdev Char Rasta,
Sola Road,
Ahmedabad - 380 061
Ph No. 27478150(R)
Mobile: 9924852035
 
SHRI ASHOK D. PATEL
Hon. Secretary

F/9,Vasudha Appartments,
Nr.Vijay Park,
Nr.Milan Park, Navrangpura,
Ahmedabad - 380 009.
Ph No. 26426093(R)
Mobile: 9979048490
 
             
 
SHRI ASHOK BHAGAT
Vice President

A-1/6 ,Devdutt Apartments,
Near Gopalak Society,
Kiran Park, Nava Vadaj,
Ahmedabad - 380 013.
Ph 27556447,27556739 (R)
Mobile:9426709671
 
SHRI HARISH C. SHAH
Hon. Treasurer

27/New Mangalam Society,
B/h Janpath Flats,
Mangaleshwar Mahadev Road,
Ghodasar, Ahmedabad - 380 050.
Ph No. 30425427 (R)
Mobile: 9377365267
 
             
 
SHRI RAKESH R. AGARWAL
Chairman

8,Rajeshri Park Society,
Dharamnagar,Sabarmati,
Ahmedabad - 380 005
Ph No. 27508057(R)
Mobile: 9825312187
 
SHRI JAYANTIBHAI H. PATEL
Jt. Hon. Secretary

B/5, Tarun Society No.2,
Opp. Arihant Nagar,
Memnagar, Ahmedabad - 380 052
Ph. 27417518,
Mob. 9427521074
 
             
 
SHRI MADHUBHAI S. PATEL
Vice Chairman

"VRAJ" B/h Dena Bank,
Nr. Naranpura Rly.Crossing,
Ahmedabad - 380 013.
Ph No. 27551589(R)
Mobile: 9428044399
 
SHRI RAJESHKUMAR J. SHAH
Jt. Hon. Secretary

5/42, Shardhadeep Complex,
Nr. Naranpura Telephone Exchange,
Ankur Road, Naranpura, Ahmedabad - 380 063
Ph No. 27455914
Mobile: 9824001624
 
             
  THE TEXTILE ASSOCIATION (INDIA) : AHMEDABAD UNIT
NAME OF THE TRUSTEES FOR THE YEARS 2015-2019

   
       
K. J. Patel
H. J. Patel
D. I. Patel
       
  OFFICE BEARERS OF THE TEXTILE ASSOCIATION (INDIA) : CENTRAL OFFICE FOR THE YEAR 2015-2017    
       
 
Mr. Arvind Sinha
(National Pesident)
National President
National Vice President
Chairman
Vice Chairman
Hon. Gen. Secretary
Hon. Jt. Gen. Secretary
Hon. Jt. Gen. Secretary
Hon. Treasurer
Chairman - P.A.C
Chairman - E.B.,JTA
Mr. Arvind Sinha
Mr. H. N. Jain
Mr. V. D. Zope
Dr. N. N. Mahapatra
Mr. Haresh B. Parekh
Mr. M. G. Shah
Mr. Kannan Krishnamurthy
Mr. P. M. Dhond
Dr. G. S. Nadiger
Prof.(Dr.) M.D. Teli

Mr. D. R. Mehta
(President-Emeritus)
 
       
  MEMBER OF THE MANAGING COMMITTEE FOR THE YEAR 2015-2019    
       
  Name Designation Organisation  
 

A. D. Patel
C. R. DALAL
D. I. Patel
H. C. Shah
H. J. Patel
H. A. Patel
H. A. Mehta
J. H. Patel
K. D. Khatri
M. S. Patel
M. G. Patel
N. J. DHOLAKIA
R. R. AGRAWAL
R. J. Shah

Ex. Weaving Incharge
Textile Consultant
Former Scientific Officer
Sizing Consultant
Ex. Sr. Asst. Wvg.
Advisor (Technical)
Immigration Consultant
Ex. Dy. Wvg. Manager
Sr. Asst. Weaving
Ex. Jr. Asst. Wvg.
Textile Consultant
Textile Consultant
Ex. Sr. Manager Wvg.
Ex. Wvg. Supervisor

Jehangir Textile Mill (N.T.C)
Dalal Associates
ATIRA
Akshat Textiles
Raipur Mfg. Co. Ltd.
Amptel Engg. Pvt. Ltd
Canha Immigration
Raipur Mfg. Co. Ltd
Rajnagar Textile
N.M.C Mills
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RSoma Textiles
Rajnagar Textile

 
       
  REPRESENTATIVES TO THE GOVERNING COUNCIL FOR THE YEAR 2015-2019    
       
  Name Designation Organisation  
 

A. D. Bhagat
H. S. PATEL
K.J.PATEL
M.G.SHAH
DR. N. N. MAHAPATRA
P. V. Patel
T. L. Patel

Textile Consultant
Director
Ex. Weaving Master
Sizing Consultant
President
Textile Consultant
Proprietor

Tirupati Associates
Nainita Cotspin Pvt. Ltd
Maheshwari Mills Ltd.
Patel Sizing
Colorant Ltd
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V. K. Associates

 
       
  CO-OPTED MEMBERS FOR THE YEAR 2015-2019    
       
  Name Designation Organisation  
 

PRABHUDAS M. PATEL

Spinning Consultant

 
       
 
PAST PRESIDENTS TRUSTEES FOR THE YEAR 2015-2019
 
LATE SHRI B. A. SHAH
LATE SHRI I. M. BHANDARI
SHRI D. G. NAIK 
LATE SHRI B. R. SHAH
SHRI A. K. PATEL
SHRI P. V. PATEL


SHRI K. J. PATEL
SHRI H. J. PATEL
SHRI D. I. PATEL
   
       
 
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