By: Seshadri Ramkumar, Professor, Texas Tech University, USA

(Chennai, India, July 7, 2022)-Research results need to be translated into reality.

Lab to land and land to lab should be the way forward for research stated, Honorable Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India in a major education summit today at Varanasi, India.

Experience gained in life and field need to be brought back to students and academia expressed Honorable Modi. In addition to publication of results in international magazines, they must be used in the field, added Honorable Prime Minister. Students can gain a lot by interacting with actual practitioners in the field.

Many universities are hiring Professors of Practice who have vast experience in production and managing industries, to teach students and engage in research in universities. Particularly, fields of engineering, business and journalism have streamlined this practice.

Textile sector, which depends on many different fields such as science, engineering and business economics can benefit a lot by proactive interactions with industry and experienced people in multiple fields.

Prime Minister Modi highlighted the importance of data to back results and encouraged to work on circularity.

Textile industry must focus on circularity and sustainable processes to advance to next level.

Academia in India involved in textile materials research are collaborating increasingly these days with international universities and interact with international experts.

Virtual interaction platforms have become a boom after COVID-19, to advance teaching and research in textile and other disciplines.

Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, PhD, CText, FTI (UK), FTA (Honorary), TAPPI Fellow (USA)
Professor, Non-wovens & Advanced Materials Laboratory
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX, USA