April 19, 2007

Textile Clusters & MBA

The Union Textiles Ministry is in the process of establishing textile clusters and common facility centres in strategic locations across Tamil Nadu. A total of 20 clusters had been planned in the country and of them three would be in Tamil Nadu. The clusters would come up in Tiruchirappalli, Kurinjipadi in Cuddalore district and Tiruvannamalai.

The above seemed like mundane news. But, the pleasant surprise came in later

In Tiruchirappalli district, Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM) has been identified as a partner in this programme. According to S Sundar, in-charge, Centre for Contemporary Management Research of BIM, the students of the institute were visiting textiles and handloom societies in the district to evaluate the performance levels. BIM would come out with the recommendations for the right type of machineries and technologies to be involved under this programme and these recommendations would help in creation of creation of common facility centres.

As a pilot initiative, textiles consortia had already been formed at Manamedu in the district, where heritage textile practices of producing cotton sarees etc had been taking place for several decades.

Way to Go!!

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