Shri Vaishnav Institute of Textile Technology of Shri Vaishnav Vidhyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya organized a two days National Textile Conference “TEXCON–2020” on 05th& 06th March 2020. The theme of conference was “Contemporary Issues in Textile Manufacturing Process from Fiber to Garment”. TEXCON-2020 was aimed at bringing together the entire extended textile fraternity on one platform for the intellectual interface of varied domains. Each delegate has shared their experiences and discussed the practical challenges and solutions that can be adopted.

Day 1: 5th March, 2020

Inaugural Session

The inaugural ceremony commenced with the lightning of the lamp by a group of dignitaries–Chief Guest, Dr. R. L. Raina, Vice Chancellor of J.K. Lakshmipat University Jaipur, Guest of Honor, Shri Kumar Purushottam (I.A.S.) Executive Director M.P.I.D.C. Indore. Guest of Honor, Shri Nitinji Seth C.O.O. Arvind Ltd. Knits Division, Ahmadabad, Honorable Shri Purushottamdas Pasari, Chancellor of Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya, Dr. Upinder Dhar, Vice Chancellor of Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya, Dr. R.K. Datta, Director of Shri Vaishnav Institute of Textile Technology, Shri Kamalnarayan Bhuradiya , Honorary Secretary of Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Trust.

Dr. R. K. Datta brief about Texcon-2020 .Dr. Upinder Dhar formally welcomed all the dignitaries and the participants from the various part of the country. He mentioned that Indian textile industry, currently estimated at around US $150 billion, is expected to reach US $ 300 billion by 2025. The textile and apparel industry is the second largest employer in the country providing employment to 45 million people. He highlighted the need and requirement of innovation in the current scenario. Shri Purushottamdasji Pasari congratulated the organizing committee of TEXCON – 2020 that has provided a platform to the academia and industry to present their research work and helped everybody to gain the knowledge. The conference book “Contemporary Issues in Textile Manufacturing Process from Fiber to Garment” was also released. Shri Kumar Purushottam (IAS) emphasized on various government policies and futuristic views for textiles and garment industries. He urges to young textile engineers to improve the productivity of textile. Shri Nitin Seth shared his experience & discussed on cost competiveness of Indian garment in this fast fashion world. Chief Guest, Dr. R.L. Raina also congratulated everybody for organizing TEXCON – 2020 and appreciated the various research works for the benefit of the society. He emphasized on various projects related to sericulture of silk, handlooms products and also talks about the role of academic institutes and students for the development of overall textile Industry. Finally, Shri Kamalnarayan Bhuradiya proposed the words of thanks.

Plenary Session-I

Dr. J. Hayavadana, Professor, University College of Technology, Osmania University, Hyderabad, presented a research paper on Challenges for Ikat Dyeing in Nalgonda District of Telangana State. Dr. Ashwini K. Agrawal, Professor and H.O.D., Department of Textile Technology, I.I.T. Delhi, discussed  about the development of Nano Engineered Janus structure for highly functional textile material. Mr.Kunal Toshwani, Executive Manager, Raymond Limitedtalked on various issues in the manufacturing of garments looking to the perspective end-uses of the customer. The Session chair was Dr. R.K. Datta, Director, SVITT.

Plenary Session-II

Dr. Ashok Athayle, Professor, Department of Fibers and Textile Processing Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai, presented a paper on Renewable Polyester & discussed about the PLA . Dr. Gautam Bose,Ex Principal Scientist of ICAR, Kolkata, described on various natural growing in the vast unexplored of natural fibers in India. Mr. V.K. A.K. Pandey, A.G.M., Voltas Textile Machinery Division, discussed on “Innovation and Value Creation” of textile spinning machines to push the industry 4.0 revolution. The Session chair was Dr. Santosh Dhar Dean, FDSR, SVVV. Thereafter two concurrent sessions were conducted, in that 11 technical papers were presented.

Day 2: 6th March, 2020

Plenary Session – 3

Dr. P.A. Khatwani, Professor ,Sarvajanik College of Engineering& Technology, Surat, presented a paper on Nonwoven Fabrics: Gateway to the Broad Market of Innovations & discussed various issues on nonwoven fabric.Dr. B. Basu, Consultant, Mumbai, presented a paper on crisis in Bhiwandi power loom sector with their problem and much needed solutions. The Session Chair was Dr. U.C. Choubey, Emeritus Professor, SVITS

Plenary Session – 4

Dr. Vinay Kumar Midha, ProfessorDepartment of Textile Technology, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, presented paper on the dynamic of lock stitch sewing process with the effect of tension variation of sewing thread on the properties of garments. Prof. Jomichan Pattathil, Professor, N.I.F.T., Mumbai, discussed about the Adoption of CAD in Indian garment manufacturing sector to assess the stakeholder perception. Dr. R. Ramachandran, Associate Professor, Department of Fashion Technology, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, presented a paper on 3D printing technology & discussed about the methods of applications of that .The Session Chair was Dr. Shirish Jain, Professor, & Exam Controller, SVVV

Plenary Session – 5

Mr. R. N. Yadav, Principal Consultant, Aaryan Associates, delivered a lecture on the Role of Job Restructuring, Discipline and Productivity for the Indian textile industry. Dr. R. N. Joshi, Associate Professor, SGGSIE & T, Nandeddelivered lecture online through Google Duo. He spoke on a case study to the producers of starting and shutdown of melt spinning line of polyester plant. The Session Chair was Dr. P. A. Khatwani, Professor, Sarvajanik College of Engineering & Technology, Surat. Thereafter two concurrent sessions were conducted, in that 7 technical papers were presented.

Valedictory Ceremony

The Chief Guest of the Valedictory Ceremony was Mr. Rajeev Sharma (IAS), Commissioner, Directorate of Handloom & Handicraft and Managing Director, Sant Ravidas Madhya Pradesh Hastashilp evam Hathkargha Vikas Nigam, Bhopal . In Valedictory ceremony, Dr. R. K. Datta, Chairman, Texcon – 2020 presented conference report. Dr. Upinder Dhar, Vice Chancellor, Shri Vaishnav Vidhyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya said that the textile sector is always consider as an important sector of the society. Now the time for the value addition and needs to upgrade process and technology and innovates some new products. The brochure of TEXCON 2021 was also released .Chief Guest, Mr. Rajeev Sharma (IAS) said that the Indian fabric is always considering a prime market for the foreign textile business. India covered the 20 percent business in textile in past. This was because of the specialty of the handlooms and handicrafts. Now the time is to restructure of the handloom sector. The Maheshwari Sarees is the important product of the Madhya Pradesh. This was developed by Devi Ahilyabai Holkar . He also encouraged the students to work hard & give new technological ray on the development of Handloom & Handicrafts .He also shared the hope for the recruitment of fresh technocrats in this sector in future. Prof. Ajay Shankar Joshi, Organizing Secretary,Texcon–2020 proposed the words of thanks.

In TEXCON 2020, students from various textile institutes also presented 11 technical posters .A Textile Exhibition was also organized, in that Sundaram Fashion, Mrignayani Emporium Indore and Raymond were participated .The students of B.Sc Fashion Designing, SVVV also exhibited their own designed garments. The Assistant Director & his team from Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore also demonstrated the eco friendly dyeing treatment. The Gold Sponsor of TEXCON 2020 was Raymond Limited, Silver Sponsor was Vardhman Textiles Limited and Maral Overseas, Uttar Techno Consultancy, Sundaram Fashion, Nakoda Textiles, FIT.IN Men’s wear were the sponsors of TEXCON 2020. The Journal of Textile Association and Textile Value Chain were the media partners. In TEXCON 2020, the faculties & students were also participated from Parul University-Waghodia, SMRK BK AK Mahila Mahavidyalaya-Nasik, Visva-Bharati (A Central University)- West Bengal,, Uttar Pradesh Textile Technology Institute,  Sunrise University-Alwar, MPSTME- NMIMS-Shirpur, SAIT-Bengaluru, Nirmala Niketan-Mumbai, VJTI-Mumbai, LDCE-Ahmedabad, M.S University -Baroda, NIT-Jalandhar and Shri Vaishnav Vidyapeeth Viswavidyalaya .The delegates from Industries & Textile Association (India)   were also presented in both days of conference.