After the liberalization of Indian economy, Textiles Committee has transformed itself from the role of regulator to that of a facilitator, enjoying the goodwill of textile trade and industry. Compulsory inspection was removed and in search of new dimensions Committee has emerged in diversified sectors such as Quality inspection, commercial testing, Total Quality Management (TQM) consultancy, Cluster Development Programmes (CDP),etc. At present the Committee has Export Promotion and Quality Assurance division (EP & QA), Laboratories, Market Research division, TQM division, CDP cell, Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) division.
Acting as a facilitator, the Committee acts as ‘a one stop service provider’ to the textile trade, industry and other stakeholders’ including state governments. It is the only organisation in the country to provide HS classification of textile items, star rating of ginning and pressing factories and promoting hand-woven products through Handloom mark Scheme.
The Export Promotion & Quality Assurnacne (EP & QA) division of Committee is the India’s first ISO 17020 accredited third party inspection body in the country. Textiles Committee has recently received Excellence Award” at Global Cotton Conference for successfully organizing a Quality Certification Programme for Indian Ginning Mills under Star rating of Ginning & Pressing scheme and assist in building clean cotton image for the Indian Cotton. As part of bringing quality standards in the management systems, the Committee rolled itself in the area of providing Total Quality Management consultancy to the textile industries in the country and so far provided services to more than 500 textile units.
Textiles Committee is offering regulatory and nonregulatory testing services to trade and industry through its 17 laboratories including 9 eco-laboratories besides engaged in R & D activities and development of test methods. Textiles Committee has been actively participating in various committees of Bureau of India Standard (BIS) in formulation of test standards. With the advent of new technologies, Textiles Committee has implemented and extended the services of Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to its valued customers. LIMS is a computer based solution providing, streamlined workflow automation and management in the laboratory. Textiles Committee’s 14 laboratories have been accredited with ISO 17025 by NABL and extending its valuable consultancy to set up test houses to stakeholders.
“National Household Survey: Market for Textile and Clothing (MTC)”, is the unique study of its kind in the country organized by Textiles Committee. Textiles Committee has recently ventured into the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection activities by facilitating the stakeholders to register some of the unique textiles under Geographical Indications Act. Recently Textiles Committee has taken up research on issues pertaining to globalization and World Trade Organisation (WTO), Non-tariff Barriers (NTBs), Product level Competitiveness analysis in international market, Trade Related Capacity Building (TRCB), Post GI Initiatives for Brand Promotion and Containment of Infringement.
The Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) and Cluster Development Programme (CDP) initiated in the textile sector are the other important services offered by Committee. The growth and development achieved through the cluster activities has set a model in the country.