The Textile Association (India) today completes 81 years of its inception. To celebrate this landmark event, the association is celebrating April 8, 2020 as its ‘Incorporation Day. Established on April 9, 1939, by ten visionary technocrats, TAI was formalized along with 126 likeminded technocrats and managers. The objective of the association is to facilitate free exchange of information on technical cooperation. It aims to create a common platform for technocrats and leaders from small and big industries to come together to bring laurel to the industry and country at large.
Speaking f on the occasion, Ashok Juneja, National President of the association congratulated founders, trustees, predecessor presidents, committee members and the entire textile industry for their support over the years. “It is a privilege to lead such a prestigious association which has had eminent presidents during its glorious journey from Late Dr Nazir Ahmed to Late Homi Modi; Late Dr Vikram Sarabhai; Late N V Ullal, Late Maj R P Poddar, JJ Randheri, MK Mehra, RK Dalmia, RC Kesar, Mathivanan, Dr PR Roy and many other eminent personalities,” he said.
Awarding eminent dignitaries
One of the largest national associations for textile professionals TAI currently has over 25,000 strong members through 26 affiliated chapters, spread throughout the length and breadth of the country.
In all these years, TAI, has conferred prestigious awards and honorary memberships to highly respected personalities like Nazir Ahmed, Kasturbhai Lalbhai, K M D Thackercy, Gulzarilal Nanda, Homi Modi, GD Birla, GD Ambekar, Vikram Sarabhai, Arvind N Mafatlal, Naval H Tata, Padampat Singhania, Neville Wadia, Maj. R P Poddar, Gaur Hari Singhania, Abhaykumar S Kasliwal, Mukesh D Ambani, K K Birla, Dhirubhai H Ambani and other distinguished people who have contributed towards the growth of textile industry in India.
Facilitating professional growth
TAI provides opportunities for professional growth of technologists in the Indian textile industry across all sectors. The association organises seminars, conferences, workshops, refresher courses and exhibitions of textiles and allied machines for the benefit of members. These activities are held across the country with the help of all 26 federal units, which are autonomous in their activities.
Conferences and publications
Till date, TAI has organized 75 Annual All India Textile Conferences (AITCs) at an international level. These conferences focus on contemporary and innovative topics with high profile speakers. Eminent industrialists, policy makers, reputed professionals and renowned experts from different parts of the world have presented their research papers at these conferences.
TAI also publishes small tablets and textbooks for the benefit of practicing professionals and students. It publishes study materials to help members acquire textile qualifications by appearing for standard examinations.
Internationally, TAI is the founder member of the Federation of Asian Professional Textile Associations (FAPTA). TAI’s national president is one of the members in International Advisory Committee of FAPTA. TAI is also the co-sponsor of India ITME Society and the national president is one of the vice chairmen on their steering committee.
In future, TAI aims to stay more connected with the industry through various ground activities organised by different units across the country. One such initiative started by the association includes an interaction through JTA. “We welcome more and more industry engagement through JTA. Readers can send us their contributions as expert articles, researches, reports and developments in their work space. This will add to everyone’s knowledge,” Juneja informs.
“Our vision is to be internationally renowned as a leading association of textile technocrats and professionals promoting scientific and technological knowledge and training with benchmarking performance,” Juneja added.