National Technical Textiles Mission
The Union Textile Ministry in India has announced a paid internship programme worth INR 20,000 (approximately $274) per month for around 10,000 technology students as part of the National Technical Textiles Mission (NTTM).
- The programme, which is aimed at updating existing conventional degree programmes with new papers in technical textiles, was launched in 2021 with the goal of achieving a market size of $40 billion and export of $10 billion in the technical textiles segment by 2024-25.
General Guidelines for Enabling of Academic Institutes in Technical Textiles
- The "General Guidelines for Enabling of Academic Institutes in Technical Textiles- for Private and Public Institutes" and the "General Guidelines for Grant for Internship Support in Technical Textiles (GIST)" promise a grant of up to INR 20,000 per student per month to empaneled companies for providing internships to B.Tech students.
- The guidelines cover the funding of the upgrading and enhancement of laboratory equipment, training of lab personnel, and specialized training of faculty members in relevant departments. They also apply to private institutions with a National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranking, in addition to public-funded institutions.
Funding for Introducing Full Courses in Technical Textiles
- Under the guidelines, assistance for introducing full courses in technical textiles can be up to INR 20 crore ($2.7 million) for postgraduate courses and up to INR 10 crore ($1.3 million) for undergraduate courses.
- An additional grant of INR 7.5 crore ($1 million) will be provided for introducing one mandatory subject and a few electives at the undergraduate level.
Focus on Creating World-Class Knowledge Ecosystem
- Union Textiles Secretary Rachna Shah stated that the guidelines will put an emphasis on creating an effective and world-class knowledge ecosystem to make India a world leader in the field of technical textiles in the next decade.
- She added that the programme will cover not only textile field but other disciplines of engineering such as civil, mechanical, electronics, and agriculture institutes, as well as medical colleges and fashion institutes.
The paid internship programme sponsored by the Union Textile Ministry in India represents a significant investment in the education and training of highly educated and competent professionals in the field of technical textiles. By updating existing degree programmes and providing funding for the upgrading and enhancement of laboratory equipment and faculty training, the programme aims to create an effective and world-class knowledge ecosystem to make India a leader in the field of technical textiles.