India's first textile university will be set up at Surat for which the Gujarat government will provide funds worth Rs.800 crore - Rs 900 crore. The aim of the university is to provide all kind of support including technology, research and development (R&D), skilled manpower etc.
Purpose of the university will be to create a complete eco system for the textile industry in Gujarat and India. It will guide the government in policy making for the industry. The textile industry will support the government in this endeavour.
Chandan Chatterjee, director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), a government of Gujarat organization said that their aim is not to just fulfill academic requirements of textile industry. This will serve in a many ways like support in R&D, policy making skill manpower training and all.
For that they will tie up with various centres of excellence and other national and international institutes as per the requirements.
Chatterjee said that the university will build on over 250 acre land in Surat. The construction work for the university will start in early phase of next year and it will be operational in one and a half years.
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