Young Researchers Symposium on Emerging Trends in Textile, Fiber and Polymer Research

Department of Textile Technology, IIT Delhi organised Young Researchers Symposium, a 3rd in the series of ambitious gathering of young minds, from May 15 to 17, 2019.

The symposium aspired to bring all young researchers and students, affiliated to Textiles, Fibers and Polymers, together for mutual exchanges of ideas, and opportunities to pursue a scientific career and future collaborations.

Prof. Kushal Sen, opened the symposium and explained what it means to be Young in research which in no way is related to age but one’s eagerness for continuous learning.

Prof. Ashwini Agrawal, HoD, Department of Textile Technology, congratulated the participants for taking up research in the area of textile materials. Textile materials are fast becoming the materials of choice for addressing the issues related functionality, durability, energy savings and environmental protection. He also said that Young Researchers Symposium is a flagship program of the department and aims at bringing the young minds together to discuss the importance and issues regarding textile materials on a national platform.

In his presidential address on the inaugural day, Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi mentioned about the importance of ways to select technical problems that one would like to solve. Typically, students are intended to work on outdated technical challenges which have easy solutions, it is of utmost importance for a researcher to be updated with latest trends in his/her area of interest and how to pick a research topic which will keep him/her ahead of the competition.

Dr. Anup Rakshit, Executive Director, Indian Technical Textiles Association, delivered the key note address on the topic “Innovation is key to success of technical textiles business”. He elaborated on various categories of technical textiles and how unconventional means are to be worked upon for the growth of this sector. Technical textiles have shown immense potential for use in various applications and is a truly interdisciplinary field having vast possibilities for research.

Prof. Rajiv Srivastava, organising chair of Young Researchers Symposium, conveyed vote of thanks on behalf of the Department of Textile Technology. He described the motive for organising such symposiums where budding researchers’ gets a platform to share their results.

Symposium papers encompassed original results, focused on research and development of various Textiles, Fibers, Polymers and allied materials.


  • Certificate of participation provided to all presenting authors
  • Certificates of excellence along with cash prize awarded to winning authors under various categories