Department of Fibres & Textile Processing Technology

About Department

Welcome to Department of Fibres and Textile Processing Technology

It was about 80 years ago that the Textile Industry was progressing in-full swing in city like Mumbai, and Ahmedabad. Many other industries were not even born, in that pre-independence era. It was the time, Sir Vitthal Chandavarkar was V.C. of University of Mumbai and also the Chairman of Mill Owners` Association. He and his industrialists friends donated 200 lakhs for creation of an educational and research institute catering to the need of Textile industry and that’s how this UDCT, then called as University Department of Chemical Technology, under the wings of Mumbai University, was established with two disciplines: Textile Chemistry and Chemical Engineering offering a 2 year Degree course post B.Sc. chemistry, called as B.Sc.Tech.

A number of new disciplines of chemical technology, pharmacy, biotechnology etc. were opened up over the years as per the need of the nation and all these various technological disciplines have played a paramount role in building the respective industry in the country. Most of the Professional Bodies of the Technocrats of these disciplines, even today operate from the portals of excellence of UDCT.

Thus the Department of Fibres and Textile Processing Technology (FTPT), formerly known as Textile Chemistry section has the unique distinction of being one of the two disciplines (other being Chemical Engineering), with which this institution- ICT (formerly UDCT) started in the year 1933. The Department conducts B.Tech. course with an intake capacity of 34, which is highest among all the B.Tech. courses of ICT. The course involves study of chemistry and manufacture of Fibres, their chemical processing such as bleaching, dyeing, printing and finishing. It further encompasses the study of chemistry as well as application of various kinds of chemicals, dyes, thickeners, and finishing auxiliaries which are used in chemical processing of textile fabrics and garments. Textile chemistry also involves knowledge of green chemistry, biotechnology and nanotechnology with special reference to chemical processing of textiles.

The post graduate courses of M. Tech., M.Sc. in Textile Chemistry and Ph.D. (Tech.), Ph.D. (Textile Chemistry) attract a large number of students and so far more than 2275 graduates and 525 post graduates have passed out from this Department. The faculty of the Department has good interaction with the industry. A number of industries have been benefited by the technical advice given by the faculty. There have been a number of industrial and governmental research projects in which problems of mutual interest are investigated and the students as well as the Department have been benefitting by this interaction. The department is recognized as Centre of Advanced studies in “Physicochemical aspects of Textile, Fibres, Polymers and Dyes” presently in Phase VII, since 1962. The department also received a grant of Rs. 1.55 crores recently under DST-FIST programme which is highest so far for the department. The department has played an important role in evaluating TUFS under Ministry of Textiles, GOI. The faculty is engaged in high quality fundamental as well as applied research and they have got over 1000 publications in Indian and International journals as well as reputed fellowships to the credit from recognized institutions in India and abroad.

It gives us immense pleasure to put on record that in the month of August 2013, all the Textile department faculty were invited to Ethiopia by Textile Ministry of Ethiopia to do the GAP analysis of Ethiopian Textile Industry and Universities and submit a proposal to make them internationally competitive.

After the globalization of the markets with border less trade, textile manufacturing activities are shifted to country like India which is fast developing economy. Today Textile being one of the fundamental needs of human being, it is a mother industry, next to only agriculture sector, employing over 60 million people. The business is fast growing and will soon touch around US$ 100 Billion. However, in the border less trade many multinational brands are competing and the critical area of chemical processing of textile fabrics and garments requires tremendous amount of consolidation in terms of well trained manpower which can keep pace with latest technological operations and demand of stringent quality parameters in shortest delivery time giving competitive edge to the manufacturers. There is a huge shortage of Textile Processing graduates in the core textile industry as well as in multinational and reputed Indian manufacturers of dyes, chemical and auxiliaries. Thus the scope for graduates and postgraduates of this department is enormous and such a demand with every passing day will only be rising given that consumption of apparels and technical textiles in India and abroad is increasing at galloping rate.

Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs) of Textile Department

PEO1: To prepare a professionals in Textile technology along with the knowledge of recent developments to be absorbed in Academia, Research Institutes in India and abroad along with Entrepreneurship skills.

PEO2: To encourage students to understand, create and progress in their profession and create inquisitiveness to achieve greater goals in life in the form of higher education or impart public awareness at grass root levels.

PEO3: To promote research, technology and products related to fibres and textile science and engineering, thus providing technological intelligence to the society at large.

PEO4: To profess social and environmental awareness of textile technology which will have a great impact on job availability, industrial research and global scientific environment.


Engineering Graduates will be able to:

  1. Engineering knowledge: Apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, engineeringfundamentals, and knowledge in specialized field of Fibres and Textile Processing Technology to the solution of complex Textile and apparel industrial problems.
  2. Problem analysis: Identify, formulate, review research literature, and analyze complexTextile and Apparel chemical technological problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, natural sciences, engineering sciences including Fibres and Textile Processing technology.
  3. Design/development of solutions: Design solutions for complex Fibres and Textile Processing technology related problems anddesign system components or processes that meet the specified needs with appropriate consideration for the public health and safety, and the cultural, societal, and environmental considerations.
  4. Conduct investigations of complex problems: Use research-based knowledge and researchmethods including design of experiments, analysis and interpretation of data, and synthesis of the information to provide valid conclusions which can be used for constructing solutions to the problems.
  5. Modern tool usage: Create, select, and apply appropriate techniques, resources, and modernengineering and IT tools including prediction and modeling to complex Fibres and Textile Processing technology related activities with an understanding of the limitations.
  6. The engineer and society: Apply reasoning informed by the contextual knowledge to assesssocietal, health, safety, legal and cultural issues and the consequent responsibilities relevant to the Fibres and Textile Processing technology practice.
  7. Environment and sustainability: Understand the impact of the professional engineering solutionswith respect to Fibres and Textile Processing technology, in societal and environmental contexts, and demonstrate the knowledge of, and need for sustainable development.
  8. Ethics: Apply ethical principles and commit to professional ethics and responsibilities and norms ofthe engineering practice.
  9. Individual and team work: Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader indiverse teams, and in multidisciplinary settings.
  10. Communication: Communicate effectively on complex technological activities with reference to Fibres and Textile Processing Technology, with the engineeringcommunity and with society at large, such as, being able to comprehend and write effective reports and design documentation, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear instructions.
  11. Project management and finance: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theengineering and management principles and apply these to one’s own work, as a member and leader in a team, to manage projects and in multidisciplinary environments.
  12. Life-long learning: Recognize the need for, and have the preparation and ability to engage inindependent and life-long learning in the broadest context of technological change.


  1. Instill in the student enthusiasm and motivation to go for advance studies and research so that they could develop themselves into Academician and Research scientists making positive contribution to generation and dissemination of new knowledge.
  2. With increased interaction with the diverse industry and upcoming varied segments of Technical Textiles, create a thirst among the students to plan for innovative start- up or career options taking advantage of the fast developing Indian economy.
  3. Develop a confident graduate who can offer solutions to the shop floor complex problems in Fibre to garment textile processing field.
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Vision & Mission


To be the world class centre of excellence in teaching and research in chemical processing of fibres, textiles, apparels and the key areas of technical textiles with ecological, social and ethical responsibility, meeting the crucial needs of trained man power and technological solutions of Indian textile industry.


  • To be the leader in offering top class human resources by training them from bachelors to doctorate level degrees in core competence i.e. in chemical processing of fibres, textiles and apparels.
  • To train the industrial technicians as per the demands of the industry, upgrading their skill to meet international quality standards.
  • To conduct industrially relevant research and provide technical guidance aimed at offering technology solutions and enhancing competitive edge to the industry.
  • To offer technological interventions to preserve our rich heritage of the artisans in rural areas in hand looms, khadi and village industry and to strengthen the rural economy by enhancing the use of rural fibres and natural dyes.
  • To create awareness of the environment protection and social and ethical commitment in pollution abatement
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