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Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association

History

For several centuries, India has been renowned for its Textiles, which were in great demand in western countries. Spinning, Weaving, Dyeing and block printing flourished as handicrafts in ancient India. As an industry, however, textile manufacture was established in India only in 1850s and grew up rapidly in spite of heavy odds and by 1950 producing a wide range of Fabric

 

In 1947, after independence, Government of India announced an official policy of encouraging systematic application of Science & Technology to industry in order to accelerate economic growth. It also offered Tax incentives, Direct Financial assistance to encourage the establishment Research laboratories & Co-operative research associations.

 

The enlightened Textile industrialists of Ahmedabad under the leadership of Kasturbhai Lalbhai and Vikram Sarabhai were quick to perceive the value of the support that the Government had extended. The AHMEDABAD TEXTILE INDUSTRY’S RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (ATIRA) was registered as a Society in 13th December 1947 with the support of all mills in Ahmedabad who contributed initial capital expenditure. Dr. Vikram Sarabhai was appointed the Honorary Director.

 

The foundation stone of ATIRA was laid on 1st November 1950 by Sarder Vallabhbhai Patel, the Deputy Prime Minister of India.  ATIRA building was designed by Messrs Kanvinde and Rai and it inaugurated on 10th April 1954 by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India.

Infrastructure :

ATIRA :

Total Area :  221814 sq. meter : Building : 72719 sq. meter

The ATIRA campus is surrounded by other major educational institutions such as Gujarat University, PRL, L.D. Engineering College, IIM and AMA