The Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association
(commonly known as ATIRA
) is an autonomous non-profit
association for textile research
located in the Navarangpura
area of Ahmedabad
. It is the largest association for textile research & allied industries in India. Established on December 13, 1947 and started in 1949, ATIRA was recognized by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India
. It was later linked to the Ministry of Textiles.
The idea of ATIRA was conceived by Vikram Sarabhai
, Kasturbhai Lalbhai
and Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar
. The foundation stone for the ATIRA complex was laid by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
on 1 November 1950 which was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
on completion on April 10, 1954. The architect
of the ATIRA building is Achyut Kanvinde. Dr. Vikram Sarabhai served as its first honorary director.
Membership and funding
Membership in ATIRA is voluntary. ATIRA has 146 member units in both India and abroad. Of these 93 are Ginning
, Process Houses and Composite Textile Units and 53 are manufacturers of fibres, dyes, chemicals, instruments, equipments and machinery.
ATIRA is financed by four sources - Annual Subscription from member units, income from the services it has rendered, sponsored research from the Industry, Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Information Technology and other agencies like the... Read More