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Nitra Profile

Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA) is one of the prime textile research institutes in the country.  The textile industry and Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India jointly established NITRA in 1974 for conducting applied scientific research and providing support services to Indian textile industry.  The organization is situated in a 50 acre land at NCR Ghaziabad, near national capital New Delhi. It is certified by ISO 9001:2008.
Today NITRA’s prime activities include research & development, technical consultancy, quality evaluation of materials, manpower training and publishing technical books and papers. NITRA also provides facilitating services to the decentralized powerloom sector through its eight centres located at Tanda, Kanpur, Meerut, Gorakhpur, Varanasi (all in U.P.), Panipat (Haryana), Ludhiana (Punjab) and Bhilwara (Rajasthan).
NITRA is operating under the administrative control of Council of Administration comprising of representatives from Textile & Apparel industry, Govt. of India, trade associations, academic institutions and Textile Research Associations. The council is presently headed by its Chairman Sh. S.K Kapoor, an eminent industrialist.  Dr. Arindam Basu, is the present Director General of NITRA and Sh. Abhijit Pal, senior textile consultant, is the Director (officiating) of NITRA.
NITRA renders multifarious services to textile & apparel industry through its rich in-house manpower resource of more than fifty experienced technical personnel comprising of textile technologist, textile chemist, garment technologist, textile designer, fashion designer, analytical chemist, mechanical engineer, electrical & electronics engineer, civil engineer, environmental engineer, software / IT specialist & management experts. This team of scientists, consultants, and technocrats is supported by the most modern and state-of-the-art infrastructure facilities available at NITRA.  The organization has a clientele of about 1200 textiles and allied sector units that includes overseas clients from Indonesia, Thailand, Ethiopia, Sudan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Kenya, Philippines.
NITRA undertakes research projects in textile product development, machine design, instrument development and process development. NITRA also possesses patented technologies based on its R&D works. NITRA’s quality inspection & testing laboratories work 24x7 and analyze  materials as per IS, ASTM, DIN, BS, ISO, JASO, AADTCC, EN and other customized standards.
With support from Ministry of Textiles, a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for protective textiles is established at NITRA in the year 2009.Later on Ministry of Textiles added Automotive Textiles to NITRA CoE. The activities of CoE-Protech are product development, preparation of standards/specifications, testing, training manpower, organizing workshops & seminars, and information dissemination as a resource center.
NITRA’s consultancy services include various technical audits, feasibility studies, system certification services, infrastructure set up, asset valuation, third party inspection, energy conservation & energy audit, design and commissioning of ETPs & CETPs and product/process development.
To meet industrial HRD needs, NITRA regularly conducts various industry-recognized job-oriented techno-management training programs across the complete textile & apparel supply chain on full-time and DLP modes. These programs are conducted under Govt. of India’s Integrated Skill Development Scheme and UP Govt’s ASIDE Scheme. In addition to this, NITRA regularly organizes seminars, workshops and also conducts on and off-shop customized training programs. NITRA also has 170 technical publications of its own.
NITRA houses pilot scale spinning, weaving, knitting and chemical processing workshops for development of different types of yarns and fabrics.  It also has pre-sewing, sewing, embroidery and finishing workshops for garment production.  All these workshops are equipped with state-of-the-art technology.
NITRA’s infrastructure facilities for quality evaluation includes six NABL accredited quality inspection & testing laboratories capable of analyzing materials as per Indian, overseas and customized standards. The CoE has established “Heat & Flame Testing Lab” to test textile and allied products for heat, flame and safety related characteristics as per International and IS standards. This lab has got the NABL accreditation in November’ 2011.
NITRA has a full-fledged Digital Library & Information Centre having stock of about 4400 books including 170 own publications. It also subscribes to 110 national and international journals including E-Journals. The library & information service is available for textile industry professionals, research scholars, and associated professionals.
NITRA Technical Campus
NITRA recently has launched its new academic wing, NITRA Technical Campus (NTC) to cater to the manpower requirements of the complete textile and apparel supply chain. NTC offers 4 year B. Tech programs in Textile Technology, Textile Chemistry and Computer Science & Engineering.
All these programs are approved by AICTE. The B. Tech programs are affiliated to Uttar Pradesh technical university (UP).NTC is spread over a huge multi-facility Wi-Fi campus with 1,68,000 sq. ft area having buildings with latest infrastructural facilities and separate hostel for boys and girls. Details about NTC is available on
Latest news
NITRA to intensify its R&D and other services for Indian Textile & Clothing industry
Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles motivating NITRA, visits twice in two months
Workshop on “Scientific Selection and Recruitment of Workforce” at NITRA
NITRA Scientist presents a paper on “Manufacture, Properties and Applications of Sewing Threads”
Training Program on Quality Evaluation of Textiles
NITRA Publishes second revised edition of a booklet on “FAILURE MODE AND EFFECT ANALYSIS (FMEA)”
NITRA organizes An Awareness Program on ISO 9001:2015
NITRA Publishes second revised edition of a TABLet on “Glass Threads”
NITRA Publishes second revised edition of a TABLet on “Zippers”
NITRA, NISTI and Institute of Engineers (Delhi Chapter) organize a presentation on “Personal Protection Textiles”
Hon’ble Shri Ajay Tamta, Minister of State for Textiles appreciates NITRA R & D work
NITRA Embraces Green Power, Goes the Solar Way!
NITRA conducts Training Program on Electrical Safety at Chenab Textile Mills, Kathua
Patent obtained and filed
Union Textile Minister Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani joined the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) designed by NITRA at Ajrakhpur, Bhuj (Gujarat) on 18th March 2017
NITRA develops “Smoothness Tester for Textile Sheeting Materials”
NITRA organized Round-Table Conference
NITRA signs MoU with International and reputed organizations
NITRA develops “Electronic Drape Meter Based on Image Analysis Technique”
NITRA develops “Smoothness Tester for Textile Sheeting Materials”
NITRA Organizes Workshop on Best Practices in Indian Garment Industry
NITRA’s 41st Annual General Meeting Held
Chairman NITRA Graces NITRA’s 14th Convocation
Chairman NITRA Inaugurates Equipment Developed by NITRA Scientists
Interactive Meeting on Protech
Dr. Arindam Basu, DG NITRA at 3rd National Conclave on Standards for Technical Textiles
NITRA releases Revised 3rd Edition of “Quality Assurance in Apparel Manufacturing”
NITRA releases 2nd Revised Edition of “Aramid Threads” Textile & Apparel Booklets (TABLets) series of NITRA provides information in a handy and easily understable form. These TABLet also serve as handbooks for all those who are directly or in
NITRA Organizes Research Advisory Committee Meeting
Demonstration & presentation on “ Value added products from natural fibres “
Demonstration & presentation on “ Value added products from natural fibres “
NITRA Scientists sensitize youngsters on building career in Textile industry
“ISO 9001:2015 Transition Training Course with Specific Reference to Risk Assessment, Mitigation, Impact Assessment and Opportunities"
An Awareness Program on ISO/IEC 17025:2017 (NABL) and Sources of Error & Uncertainty in Measurement
Program on “Internal Auditing of ISO 9001:2015"
NITRA Signs MoU with University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
NITRA Signs MoU with University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
NITRA’s Express Testing Services
Watch out for the 58th Joint Technological Conference and Conference on Protective & Automotive Textiles on 15 & 16 Feb. ’19 at NITRA
NITRA Observes Swachhata Hi Seva Movement in a Big Way Organizes Exhibition and Seminar to Create Awareness
NITRA Organizes Research Advisory Committee Meeting
NITRA Scientist Presents Research Paper
Felicitation of employees
58th Joint Technological Conference
Tech-Tex 2019
Dr. Arindam Basu, DG NITRA chairs a session at 4th National Conclave on “Standards for Technical Textiles”
Shri Ajay Tamta, Hon. Minister of State for Textiles performs Shilanyas & Bhumi Pujan of Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Himalayan Fibres
Dr. Arindam Basu, DG NITRA chairs the session at Textiles Division Council, BIS
NITRA is organizing 3-days Executive Development Program for Textile & Apparel Industry from June 5-7, 2019 at NITRA, Ghaziabad.
BIS Empanels NITRA
Vacancy for Teaching Position
3-days Executive Development Program for Textile & Apparel Industry was organised by NITRA from June 5-7, 2019 at Ghaziabad.
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