Skillset Availability

India has over 500 universities, as well as more than 30,000 colleges and 7,000 technical institutions. Approximately 4.2 million people are added to India’s talent pool every year, with 4 million graduates and 0.26 million post-graduates. [1]

The Indian technical textile industry employed 1.1 million people in 2011-12, 25% higher than employment of 0.88 million in 2009-10. Skilled manpower composes approximately 55% of the total manpower employed in technical textile industry[2].

The introduction of new technologies necessitates and creates promising opportunities for training seminars to address skill gaps of textiles technologist and operators. In today’s dynamic business environment, the demand for trained manpower with requisite competencies for manufacturing quality products efficiently with sophisticated machines is a recognized need across sectors, but especially in rapidly-evolving industrial domains like technical textiles.

Government of India has implemented several initiatives to address the rising demand for skilled manpower in the technical textiles sector. Scheme for Growth and Development of Technical Textiles (SGDTT), Technology Mission on Technical Textiles (TMTT) include components for sponsoring training workshops and technology through the COEs for technical textiles.

Furthermore, Government of India also launched Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) for the textiles and apparel sectors, including jute and handicrafts in July 2010 with the objective of building capacities of institutions providing skill development and training in the textiles sector. This scheme is in line with the National Skill Development Policy, which targeted training 10 million persons by the year 2022 in the textiles sector. The scheme proposes implementation by leveraging existing institutional strength and training experience within the Ministry by dual mode:

  1. Component-l: Utilizing the training institutes within the Govt. sector
  2. Component-ll: Private sector participation through a PPP Model

Activities include courses for basic training, skill upgrade and entrepreneurship development in all textile sectors including technical textiles.

Furthermore, several stakeholders in the technical textile industry have also initiated efforts to promote the development and training of personnel in the sector. Following bodies have some of the leading technical textile related training facilities:

a.    Textile Research Association

Name Location
Northern India Textile Research Association Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
Ahmedabad Textile Industry Research Association Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Bombay Textile Research Association Mumbai, Maharashtra
The South India Textile Research Association Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
Synthetic and Art Silk Mills' Research Association Mumbai, Maharashtra
Wool Research Association Thane, Maharashtra
Indian Jute Industries’ Research Association Kolkata, West Bengal
Man-Made Textiles Research Association Surat, Gujarat


b.    Academic Institution

Name Location
DKTE Society's Textile & Engineering Institute Ichalkaranji, Maharashtra
PSG College of Technology Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
The Bannari Amman Institute of Technology Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
RVS College of Engineering Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
The Technological Institute of Textiles and Sciences (TITS) Bhiwani, Haryana
Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai, Maharashtra
Govt. College of Engineering & Textile Technology Serampore, Hooghly, West Bengal
College of Textile Technology Behrampur, Murshidabad, West Bengal
Uttar Pradesh Textile Technology Institute Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Giani Zail Singh College of Engineering & Technology Bathinda, Punjab
Dr B R Ambedkar National Institute of Technology Jullundhar, Punjab
Manikya Lal Verma Textile and Engineering College Bhilwara, Rajasthan
Institute of Textile Technology Cuttack, Orissa
Department of Technology and Engineering, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Vadodara, Gujarat
Sarvajanik College of Engineering & Technology Surat, Gujarat
L.D. College of Engineering, Navarangpura Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Anuradha Engineering College Buldana, Maharashtra
Veermata Jeejabai Technological Institute Mumbai, Maharashtra
College of Engineering & Technology Akola, Maharashtra
Kumaraguru College of Technology Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu


With the implementation of schemes and incentives proposed in the 12th FYP and continuation of existing schemes, the technical textiles sector is expected to grow at 20% per annum. Assuming the growth in employment corresponds directly with growth in the industry, the employment in the technical textiles sector is expected to exceed 3 million by 2016-17

Source: Ernst & Young Analysis


[1] Doing Business in India, Ernst & Young, 2012

[2] Baseline Survey of the Technical Textile Industry in India, Office of the Textile Commissioner, March 2009