under the Societies Act of 1860, the TAI is a not-for-profit organisation
managed by the apex body called the Governing Council (GC) which
is elected by it's affiliated Units in proportion to their membership
strength. The Office Bearers of the Central Office are elected
by the GC member. 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.
The members of Managing Committees of the Units and of the Governing
Council are elected every two years.
Membership is open to all connected with the textile industry,
trade, education and research as individuals or as oragnisations.
Individuals can acquire student, ordinary, overseas, life or patron
membership. The phenomenal growth achieved by TAI over 60 years
is 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 ceaselessly for the cause
To promote the use of scientific knowledge in textiles, from
fibres to garments
implement programmes of continued education in textile technology
help members acquire textile qualifications towards improved
honour all those who contribute significantly to the growth
of Indian textiles
analyse socio-economic environment for developing strategy recommendations
develop a sense of brotherhood amongst the fellow textile professionals
lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences to disseminate
useful information on topics of current interest to different
segments of the industry.
of a journal devoted to new work in applied industrial research
in all areas of textile, for members and subscribers.
of low cost booklets and books of practical value to the practicing
professionals - technologists and managers - in the Indian textile
of Fellowship (FTA) or Associateship (ATA) to recognise the
capability and the contribution of members; and also the award
of Graduate Membership. (GMTA)
level recognition of two individuals each year by awarding one
Honorary Membership and one Honorary Fellowship.
of policy alternatives to the Government of India and to the
industry at appropriate times.
of socio - cultural activities al local level events in each
Unit of the association.
The role of the Units, each located at textile centres in India,
consists essentially of holding Lectures, Seminars, Conferences,
Study Tours, Technical Quiz Programmes, Experience Exchange Talks
etc. At the large centres like Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi etc., the
TAI Units have acquired own premises. The Units vie with each other
to host the prestigeous All India Textile Conference (AITC) at their
location. Most Units organise social gatherings, and inviting families
of the members also to join the function. The stronger Units help
the weaker Units in their geogrophical neighbourhood to function
more effectively for their membership.
ROLE OF THE CENTRE
Publication of the journal, books/booklets, giving professional
awards based on application or examination, deciding upon the Honours
to be bestowed upon textile professionals and on dedicated members
of TAI are the main functions of the Centre.
Facilitating Unit activities - helping them to serve their members
better - is a major responsibility of the Centre. It, therefore,
appoints four Zonal co-ordinators for helping the not so strong
Units to organise activities for their members.
SAGA OF GROWTH
THE ASSOCIATION BORN - 1939
HOUSE MAGAZINE STARTED - 1940
ANNUAL CONFERENCES BEGIN - 1944
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATION STARTED - 1945
BOOK PUBLICATION TAKEN UP - 1964
|HISTORY OF THE
TEXTILE ASSOCIATION (INDIA)
FORMATION OF THE TEXTILE ASSOCIATION
Against this back drop a stage was set for the entry of technocrats
and supervisory staff of textile mills on one platform for free
exchange of technical & other useful information in a spirit
of fellowship and co-operation. Ten technicians Servashri Nandulal
Mehta, R. W. Contractor, D. B. Katrak, R. M. Broker, Y.J. Homi,
N. K. Mehta, A. N. Gokhale, V. A. Ajgaonkar, T. G. Chowdhari &
R. K. Gujar with such ideas took the lead on Sunday the 9th April
1939 at Damodar Thackersey hall, Parel, Bombay and set an appeal
to the technicians of the mills in the city of Bombay to get together.
In response to the appeal about 126 technicians attended over
the meeting. Shri K. S. Davar, a retired spinning suptd. Of Brady
group of mills, presided over the meeting. A resolution to start
an Association of the textile technicians to disseminate technical
knowledge and encourage fellowship amongst the technical and supervisory
staff all over India, was adopted and “ The Textile Association
(India)” was born on that day.
A provisional committee of 18 members was formed with Shri Nandulal
Mehta as the Chairman and Shri Narayan Ullal as the Secretary
to draft the constitution. Three classes of membership fees Rs.
3/-, Rs.6/- & Rs. 12/- per year were decided. The provisional
Committee then appointed a sub committee of five members- Sarvashri
Nandulal Mehta, D. B. Katrak, G. N. Vaidya, P.V. S Iyanger and
N. V. Ullal to prepare the draft constitution.
A HOME MAGAZINE:
With a view to give wider publicity of the activities, within
a year of its foundation in 1940 the first issue of technical
magazine which was named as “ Textile Digest” was
published with an initiative of Shri G. N. Vaidya & Shri N.
V. Ullal. The publication of the Textile Digest initially served
as a very good medium for communication & information rather
than having technological & research orientation. Since January,
1972 with an initiative of Shri A. R. Garde the Textile digest
has been renamed as “ The Journal of the Textile Association”
(JTA) and started publishing technical and research oriented articles
with the help of technocrats and research institutes. JTA was
a quarterly journal till 1977 and it became a bimonthly from January,
1978. Today on account of varied interesting features being covered
in the JTA being useful in all disciplines of textile industry.
It is considered as an important publication on Textile not only
in our country but it has been warmly accepted outside our country
too. In the recent years the JTA has been given a new look and
made it more informative, educative & quite attractive which
can be compared with any international magazine. The credit for
which goes to Hon. Editor Dr. Teli and his co-ordinators, creators
Shri P. S. Pawar and Shri K. D. Sanghvi from Bombay. The Editorial
Board of JTA has been playing a great roll in maintaining the
standard of the magazine.
LOGO OF THE ASSOCIATION:
“United we stand” was the first logo of the Association,
which has been changed to present logo in the year 1975.
Initially the activities were concentrated in Bombay only, but
slowly and slowly the message was spread outside Bombay through
the technicians of Bombay and the Liason officer Shri J J. Randeri.
A need was therefore fell to open branches at variour textile
centres. The first Branch (Unit) of the Association was started
at Solapur in the year 1944. Till the end of the 3rd decade there
were only 13 units and in the fourth decade a further need was
felt to open more new units to bring all technocrats from different
areas of the country under the fold of the Association. It was
on account of leaders provided by Hon. Maj. R. P. Poddar and initiative
taken up by Shri J. J. Randeri, Shri M. K. Mehra, Shri B. A. Shah
& Shri H. C. Jain the message of the Association was spread
through out country and today the Association is having 27 units.
HEAD QUARTER OF THE TAI:
From the foundation of the Association the head office of the
Association was in Bombay, first in the Blavatsky Lodge, than
at Ganesh Bhavan Suparibaug Road (New Dr. AmbedkarRoad). It was
shifted to Ahmedabad in 1966. But again in 1979 the Head office,
now called the central office, Shifted to Bombay at “ Santosh”
Shivaji Park, Dadar. This building was purchased in 1960 and the
property belongs to Bombay unit. This office has been completely
renovated with the personal interest and initiative from Shri
R. K. Dalmia and today it is made most modern equipped with computer
UNITS WITH THEIR OWN PREMISES:
At present many units have their own office premises. Bombay,
Ahmedabad, Solapur, Delhi, South Gujarat (Surat) & M.P. (Indore)
are having their own office premises. Over and above Bombay is
having a entire building of their own, the Ahmedabad unit is having
a very large property with a Community hall and a Open Air Theater
in their premises on the bank of river Sabarmati constructed in
the year 1965.
INTERNATIONAL TEXTILE CONFERENCE:
The first international conference was held in Bombay in 1974.
Our Association had the priviledge of holding so far eight international
conference in the year 1974, 1981,1985,1987,1994,1995,2002, 2004
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS- A.T.A. , F.T.A. & G.M.T.A:
The awards “Associates of Textile Association” (A.T.A.)
and “Fellow of the Textile Association”(F.T.A.) are
given to the members of the Association. The AA is acquired either
by application or by examination. A.T.A. Diploma has been recognized
by Govt. of India for central services. The F.T.A. can be acquired
by application or given as Honorary award to only one person every
year at the All India Textile Conference. These awards started
since 1945. the first A.T.A. examination was held in 1954, and
first Honorary F.T.A. was awarded in the year 1946.
Initially in 1945 the Dimloma sub-committee headed by Shri N.
V. Ullal set up the norms for syllabus which are being revised
time to time as per requirement. Now a special professional award
committee has been set up by the Association to decide the policy
as review the syllabus for the awards.
In 1968 under the Chairmanship of Shri K. G. Vaze, training classes
were started in some of the units for A.T.A. examination. Ahmedabad
Unit took initiative in publishing books for the guidelines, of
A.T.A. students. Efforts are continuously made to improve the
standards of our Diplomas and in the golden jubilee year of the
Association. i.e. in the year 1989 with the initiative pf P.A.C.
Chairman Dr. H. V. Sreenivasmurthy, the Assotion has started G.M.T.A.(Graduate
Member of Textile Association) course by upgrading the syllabus
to a Degree level, which has been warmly welcomed by the members.
The first examination of G.M.T.A. was held in the year 1990.
A special convocation functions to give A.T.A. and F. T.A. awards
at the hands of an eminent person was started after the inaugural
function of A.I.T.C., since the conference at Bhiwani in 1980,
has been very much appreciated by one and all.
The Association is regularly conferring following few awards at
the All India Textile Conference every year.
· Honorary Membership
· Service Gold Medal
· Two Service Mementoes
· Hon. F.T.A.
· Best Standard Technical Book Award
· Best Unit Trophy
Since 1981 a book publication committee has been constituted under
the chairmanship of Dr. Gulrajani and the activity has started in
full swing. It has so far published number of books, Monogram on
diff. subjects useful to the members. IT has also published number
of small booklets on Spinning, Weaving, Chemical Processing &
Engineering having about 30 pages which are useful to supervisors
and shop floor level technicians, available at a quite nominal cost.
The first publication was brought out in 1982 at Kanpur AITC and
up till now it has acquired a very good popularity and there is
a continuous demand for the same.
The Textile Association (India) is one of the member of India Item
Society alongwith T. M.M.A., AMMTSM (INDIA), I-C-M-F and I-S-I.
Since 1980 India Itme Society is organizing India International
Textile Machinery Exhibition every four years in India. So far such
exhibitions were hold in the year 1980,1984,1988,1992,1996, 2004, 2008 & 2012.
LIASON WITH RESEARCH INSTITUTES:
The Textile Association (India) is closely Associated with the research
associations in the country such as ATIRA, BTRA, SITRA, NITRA, IJIRA
etc. and trying to keep up interactions with them on different occasions.
ON GOVT. BODIES AND LIAISON WITH STATE & CENTRAL GOVT.:
Our Association has always been trying to participate in the formation
of national policy and debates concerning the Textile Industry.
In 1985 when the new Textile Policy was being drafted by the Govt.
The Association took keen interest and forwarded a set of recommendations
for incorporation in the final policy under the presidentship of
Shri B. A. Shah. These recommendations were appreciated by all the
members of the committee and many of them were incorporated in the
In recognition of the Association activities & its positive
contribution the Govt. invited representation of the Association
in 1987 on the All India Council for Technical Education attached
with the Ministry of Human Resources.
In 1988 Ministry of Textile invited Association representative on
the country’s most important policy making forum i.e. Development
Council for Textile Industry.
Shri M.K. Mehra represented the Association on both the above committee
and made recommendations in the Development Council meeting for
modernization, training and development of staff and for free import
of modern technology advocating total modernization of mills and
closer of unviable units.
Sometime back, The Ahmedabad Unit of the Association was entrusted
the work of technical assessment of all the closed textile mills
of Gujarat by the Government of Gujarat. The entire work was completed
during the Presidentship of Shri D. G. Naik under the personal supervision
& guidance of Mr. B. R. Shah.
In 1996, TAI contributed to the formation of the 9th plan for Textiles
through the representation on the main working group led by the
Secretary Textiles, and also on its sub-working group on Research
In the first three decades, the activities of the Association were
largely concentrated in the organized sector of major textile centres
like Bombay, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Kanpur, Coimbatore, Bangalore, &
Chennai etc. In the 4th decade it has brought out machinery manufacturers,
dyes and chemical industry in the fold and in the 5th decade and
thereafter the association has tried to reach the interior of the
industry and to all sectors i.e. handloom, powerloom, process houses
covering cotton and man-mades silk & jute.
of membership fees:
||Type of Member
||One Time Membership
Overseas Member A
Overseas Member B
Student Member A
Student Member B
||Life to Patron
Textile Digest transfromed into Journal
of the Textile Association
1954 ATA by Examination in 2 parts
: Part 1 General Part ll Advanced
1978 JTA becomes a bimonthly
1963 ATA Part ll in 3 specialisations
1980 Book of papers of AITC started
1976 ATA part ll, 1 more specialisation,
and full jute stream added
1981 Book Publication Committee formed
1982 TABLETS released
1981 ATA Part l includes General Engineering
1983 Two books published by 1987
1990 GMTA - Graduate member of TAI
started, equivalent to a degree course
1992 JTA production upgraded totally
1945 Honorary Membership to eminent
1974 1st International Conference:
1946 Honorary Fellowship to significant
1981 2nd International Conference:
1968 Service Gold Medal instituted
1985 TAI recommendations on textile
policy accepted by Government of India
1979 J. J. Randeri & H. A. Shah
1987 4th International Conference
1981 Convocation at AITC for ATA,
1988 TAI representation on All India
Council for Technical Education and on Development Council for Textile
1989 Golden Jubilee Commemorative
1994 5th International Conference
1989 Century Mills award for the best
Indian textile book
1995 6th International Conference
1993 Trophy for the best large Unit
1996 TAI Contributes to Working Group
on textiles for 9th Plan
1997 Trophy for the best small Unit
Textile Institute Overseas Conference at New Delhi, jointly with
Every four years, TAI co-sponsors the India International Textile
Starting of Consultancy cell
First Asian Textile Confernce at New Delhi under the auspices of
Federation of Asian Professional Textile Associations, promoted
actively by TAI
Members : India, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Hongkong, Australia
JUBILEE 1964: 12 UNITS : 5000 MEMBERS
GOLDEN JUBILEE 1989: 25 UNITS:14,000 MEMBERS
DIAMOND JUBILEE 1999:27 UNITS:OVER 16,000 MEMBER
PLATINUM JUBILEE 2013-14: OVER 23,000 MEMBER
TAI TODAY - AT YOUR SERVICE
Knowledge that Helps to Improve Practice
OF THE TEXTILE ASSOCIATION : JTA
JTA - a bimonthly periodical devoted to textile science, techonology,engineering
and management contains 4-8 articles of practical interest to different
segments of the Indian textile industry. Articles are contributed
by R&D organisations, teaching institutes, professionals etc.
It is popular with a large readership in indian textile industry.
PROFESSIONAL AWARDS : ATA, FTA & GMTA
The number of textile teaching institutes in India has grown from
just 2-3 in 1950 to over 60 by 1990. Even so, the need to help those
engaged in diverse textile activities to become professionally qualified
continues to exist. ATA and the recently introduced GMTA are equivalent
to diploma and degree courses respectivey. The Fellowship serves
to recognise good contribution to textile fields and even Ph.D.
holders in textiles now seek this recognition.
TABLETS: Technical Booklets
Tablets are short (24-32 pages) compilations on each stage of manufacture
in spinning through chemical processing and on engineering utilities.
Starting from basic functions, the TABLET gives norms on quality,
productivity of machines and labour, faults and remedies, maintenance
practices, supervisory check lists etc. of 29 different tablets
have been published since 1982. Made available in art paper with
coloured printing at very low costs, over 1,25,00 copies.
TAI TOMORROW - ANTICIPATING OUR NEEDS
The Indian Textile Industry is in the throes of major sturctural
re-adjustment. Only the fit will survive in the small, medium and
large sectors of textile manufacture and of supplier industries
like fibres and producers machinery, dyes-chemicals manufacturers.
Higher education is being rapidly privatised and continuous education
will play much larger role in future. Information technology has
altered irreversibly the pace of flow of information and knowledge.
The need for R&D has grown tremendously, but so have the possibilities
of buying lastest technology improved.
The TAI is accutely aware of these changes and of their impact on
the role to be played by a professional body like it. The Diamond
Jubilee offers a good pause to look back, to introspect, and to
plan afresh for the future of TAI, so as to continue its strong
support to the 'Indian Textile Industry'.
BOOKS OF PAPERS
Modernisation and Productivity in Textiles Mills
Modern Production Technologies
Textile Mills In Changing Environment
Manmade Textiles in Developing Countries
Textiles Today and Tomorrow.
Textile Panorama in 21st century
Golden Jubilee Conference
Indian Textile Scenario in Competitive Environment Indian Textile
: Achieving Exellence for Going GlobalDiversification strategies
for Txtile Industires
Integrating Indian text. Ind. Into World Market
Globalisation Indian Textile Industry
Modern Technologoy Management
Managing Quality for Growth in Textiles
: 8 : Blow Room, Carding, Draw Frames, Combing, Fly Frames,
Ring Frame l & ll, Doubling.
WEAVING : 7 : Winding, Warping, Sizing, Non-auto
Looms, Automatic Looms, Fancy Weaving, Folding & Inspection.
CHEMICAL PROCESSING : 9 : Mercerisation, Fibre
Preparation, Yarn Package Dyeing, Cloth Dyeing, Roller Printing,
Screen Printing, Finishing, Processing of Blends, Quality &
ENGINEERING : 5 : Improved Engineering Maintenance,
Humidification, Fuel & Steam Economy, Electrical Energy Conservation,
Captive Power Generation.
The Textile Association (India) 2009-10