National Technical Textiles Mission

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Recently, The Union Minister of Textiles cleared 15 R&D projects across key strategic areas such as Speciality fibre, Protective textiles, High-Performance Textiles, Geotextiles, Medical Textiles, Sustainable Textiles, and Textiles for Building Materials under the National Technical Textiles Mission.

What are Technical Textiles?

  • Technical Textiles are textile products which are manufactured primarily for their functionality and use rather than aesthetic appeal.
  • Technical textiles are classified into 12 major groups based on their application areas namely; Agrotech, Geotech, Buildtech, Mobiltech, Hometech, Clothtech, Indutech, Meditech, Sportstech, Protech, Packtech, Oekotech.

Key features of the National Technical Textiles Mission India

  • The Ministry of Textiles has launched NTTM to increase the penetration level of technical textiles in India while leveraging the extraordinary growth rate of the sector.
  • The mission aims to position India as a global leader in Technical Textiles.
  • The mission will comprise the following four components:
    • Research, Innovation and Development
    • Promotion and Market Development
    • Export Promotion
    • Education, Training, Skill Development
  • Implementation: It has been approved with an implementation period of four years starting from FY 2020-21 till FY 2023-24. The total outlay of the mission is INR 1480 Cr.


Q1) What is SAMARTH Scheme?

The scheme for Capacity Building in Textile Sector (SAMARTH) addresses the skilled manpower requirement across the textile sector, the scheme was formulated, under the broad policy guidelines of the “Skill India” initiative.

Source: Centre clears 15 R&D Projects in strategic areas such as Specialty Fibres, High-Performance Textiles, Protech, Sustainable Textiles, Meditech and Geotech segments under NTTM