Use of innovative technology is the new emerging demand to make different products from cotton. The southern state of Tamil Nadu is a major producer of cotton with around 800 cotton spinning mills forming a cotton cluster. Dindigul, a town in this cotton producing region in tamil Nadu, has recently become home to ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship development Cell’ at the RVS College of Engineering.

During the inauguration ceremony of the centre, Dr. Binod Bhadri, Advisor, RVS group of institutionsaddressed an audience of around 100 people and stressed on the concept of transforming ideas into reality. He further highlighted the fact that higher education should be carried out in innovative ways. The institution has a strong background for research and this was testified when the team of researchers displayed their products like the cotton-bamboo sanitary pad, one-of-a-kind cotton oil seed crusherand an unique technique to inflate tyre amongst many others.

The director of the RVS group of institutions, Dr Vaidyanathan Krishnakumar was quoted saying, “Entrepreneurship education must be included in the higher education. This will help in developing job creators”. The highlight of the event was a guest lecture by Seshadri Rajkumar, a professor at the Texas Tech University, USA. His talk focussed on also had some interesting demonstrations about cotton and its various new-age applications like that of a face mask and its use as an oil absorbent. Many of these products were later displayed in an exhibition. All of this showed a new face of the engineering institutes that focus on entrepreneurship development.