Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar has set up a Common Research and Technology Development Hub (CRTDH) on Chemical Processes at its campus. Gujarat, which has the largest number of the dye, textile, pharma and chemical units in the country, faces the challenge to ensure that the environmental norms are strictly adhered to. Focusing on the dye and dye industry, nearly 80% of the total dye production capacity of India is in Gujarat due to the availability of raw materials and dominance of the textile industry in the regions. The CRTDH facility at IITGN, funded together by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) and IITGN (DSIR-IITGN-CRTDH) has taken up this challenge on a priority basis.

The state-of-the-art facilities at DSIR-IITGN-CRTDH and the knowledge base of IITGN along with the other facilities at IITGN are designed to serve as the one-stop solution for dye and textile industries. The recent interactions with industry partners resulted in several proposals to develop improved effluent treatment process for dye and textile industries. The center aims to help Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the dye and textile sector along with the other chemical industries for process improvement, research, training, and testing of the raw materials and products to give them an advantage in the competitive market.

The CRTDH facilities along with such workshops will help the dye and textile industry to cope with the technology upgradation as well as future policy changes likely to affect the industry. CRTDH @IITGN is already working with several industry partners. We welcome number industry partners to collaborate with us and benefit from the facility.

Dr Chinmay Ghoroi

Principal Investigator, DSIR-IITGN-CRTDH

As a part of its outreach program, DSIR-IITGN-CRTDH in association with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) arranged a one-day workshop on “Reducing Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals in Dye and Textile Industries” at IIT Gandhinagar on October 24, 2018. The main aim was to act as a ‘basic information provider for the upcoming regulations especially on Zero Discharge, helping the industry stay informed and take necessary action to reduce the discharge of hazardous chemicals. The event was primarily for the industry partners interested in Zero Hazardous Chemical Discharge (ZHDC), environmental and energy specialists, researchers and academics engaged in industrial pollution management, technology providers, policy makers, and regulators. The workshop aims at developing support and capacity building for the Zero Hazardous Chemical Discharge Policy-2020.

Several eminent industry experts from dye and textile industries spoke along with the UL and IITGN faculties in the program. The Workshop was graced by Shri D. R. Parmar (Dy. Commissioner & Jt. Commissioner of Industries, Industries Commissionerate, Govt. of Gujarat).