ICAR-National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology, Kolkata organised 78th Foundation day and 5th Dr PB Sarkar Memorial lecture in Kolkata in its campus.
Prof. D Chattopadhyay, Vice-Chancellor, Amity University, Kolkata and Ex-Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), University of Calcutta delivered the memorial lecture on ‘Smart Materials and Chemical Industries’. Prof. Chattopadhyay talked about application of nanotechnology in different industries particularly with reference to Fibre Technology. He said nanotechnology can be applied in smart textiles, military apparels, functional finishing of textiles and several other application areas. He emphasised that during application of nano-chemicals, study of nano-toxicity should also be done so that the product is safe for use. He also mentioned that size of the nano-pesticides is the main factor for evaluation of nano-toxicity.
Dr. BS Bisht, Former Vice Chancellor, GB Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar and Director, Birla Institute of Applied Sciences, Bhimtal, Uttarakhand delivered Foundation day lecture. He talked on history and development of different natural fibres including cotton, jute and other lignocellulosic fibres. He spoke on the potential and scope of utilisation of natural fibres based on advance research and development.
Dr. BC Mitra, former Director, NIRJAFT in his presidential address briefly described the achievements of the institute in the last 78 years and under the leadership of different directors of NIRJAFT.
Dr. D Nag, Director, NIRJAFT in his welcome address spoke about the institute’s achievements and events for the last one year.