Ahmedabad Textile Industry's Research Association
(commonly known as ATIRA) is an autonomous non-profit
association for textile research
located in Ahmedabad, India.
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 main ATIRA building
The idea of ATIRA was conceived by Vikram Sarabhai
, Kasturbhai Lalbhai
and Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar
foundation stone for the ATIRA complex was laid by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
November 1950 which was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
completion on April 10, 1954. The architect
of the ATIRA building is Achyut
Kanvinde. Dr. Vikram Sarabhai served as its first honorary
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 Gujarat State
. Grant aid
provided by the Government of India.
ATIRA's governing council consists of 17 members. It consists of 5
elected members from the industry, including the Chairman, 3
nominated members from various departments of Government of India
and 3 scientists as designated members. In addition to these a
representative from the associate members and the president of the
Ahmedabad Textile Mills Association are also the members of the
council. The 4 Directors of Cotton Textile Research Associations
members including the
Director of ATIRA.
At present the Association has a total membership of 91 units
spread all over India. This consists of 10 original or privileged
members units and 81 Associate Members units.
The Director of ATIRA is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of
The current Director of ATIRA is Dr. A. K. Sharma.
situated close to many prominent research and educational
institutions like Indian
Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Physical
Research Laboratory and Gujarat
It has a 2,72,000-square-metre campus which
has a plant coverage of over 1,000 trees. This has made it a
popular spot for morning walks and jogging among local