Governing body

Dr. R.P. Nachane , Chairman

Mobile: +91 9820680579

Dr. R.P. Nachane completed his M.Sc. in Physics from IIT Mumbai and Ph.D in Physics from the University of Mumbai. He is the Fellow of the Textile Association (FTA), India and Chartered Fellow of The Textile Institute, Manchester, U.K.

Dr. R.P. Nachane was the former head of Quality Evaluation & improvement Division of ICAR-CIRCOT. He has vast experience in cotton quality determination, cotton structure analysis and testing. His area of expertise is on fibre physics and he has guided many Masters and Ph.D students for their research degrees. He was the first person to have given mathematical analysis of the phenomenon of "Inverse Relaxation". The first person in the world to have reported the phenomenon “Inverse Creep”.He is one of the founder members of Indian Fibre Society. He has more than 50 research papers in International Journals and has presented more than 50 research papers presented in Conferences. He has 4 number of patents to his credit.

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Shri Ravi Prakash Gurjar , Secretary

Address: Nalanda 9/203 Swami Samarth Nagar Andheri (W), Mumbai 400053 Tel: 022-26330312
Mobile: 9892368863

Shri Gurjar Joined CIRCOT on 1st January 1974, worked in QEID for six years and transferred to CBPD in 1980. He Worked in CBPD for 34 years on various projects on “Byproduct utilization of cotton plant and other agro residues” and “finishing treatments on cotton and blended fabrics.

He has almost 50-55 publications in various national and international journals. He was a member of ISCI team award on utilization of byproducts of cotton and other agricultural waste.
He has around 40 years of experience in dealing with cotton byproducts for various end uses such as panel boards, composite board, fibre board, hard board, pulp & paper and also in textile finishing. He got retired from ICAR service on 31st May 2014 as principal scientist and Head, Chemical and Bio chemical division of CIRCOT, ICAR. He is presently serving as secretary of IFS since year 2014. He is one of the founder members of IFS.
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Dr. (Mrs.) Sujata Saxena, Joint Secretary

Address: Director’s residence, CIFE New campus, Yari Road, Versova, Mumbai 400061
Tel: 022-24127273 ext. 154
Mobile: +91 9892651038

Dr. Sujata Saxena holds a Doctorate in Chemistry for which she received Junior and Senior Research fellowship from CSIR. She is currently working as Principal Scientist and Head I/C of Chemical and Biochemical Processing Division at ICAR- Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT), Mumbai.

Her main research interests are pre-processing, dyeing and finishing of cotton and its blends using natural and eco-friendly agents and processes as also the utilization of cottonseed. She has special interest in developing methods for application of natural dyes to cotton and in improving their colourfastness properties and in this field she has been a consultant on projects funded by National Handloom Development Corporation (NHDC), Lucknow, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and India- Canada Environment Facility (ICEF).

She has published more than 50 scientific papers, articles and book chapters, has applied for four patents and has presented more than a dozen papers at national and international Conferences. She was invited to attend the first meeting of the International Consortium on PPE for pesticide applicators held at Lyon, France during June, 2015 to present her work in this area. She has been associated with many professional societies and is currently also holding the charge of the Treasurer of Indian Society for Cotton Improvement, Mumbai. She is a Fellow of the Textile Association of India, Mumbai. She is associated with various BIS sub-committees on textiles and is reviewer for many National and International journals.

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Dr. R. Guruprasad ,Joint Secretary

Address: Mechanical processing division,ICAR-CIRCOT, Adenwala Road Maunga, Mumbai - 400019
Tel: 022-24127273
Mobile: +91 9892975336

Dr. R.Guruprasad is presently working as a Scientist in ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai. He completed his Bachelors in Textile technology from the University of Madras in the year 2001. He pursued his Masters and Ph.D from Indian Institute of technology Delhi (IITD). He has more than 13 years’ experience in teaching, industry and research. His areas of research interest include cotton quality, spinning, technical textiles, nonwovens and soft computing. He has published more than 40 papers in international and national journals/conferences.

Dr. R.D. Nagarkar, Treasurer

Address: Chemical and Biochemical Processing Division, CIRCOT, Adenwala Road, Matunga, Mumbai – 400 019
Mobile: +91 9969320749

Dr. R. D. Nagarkar is presently working as a Chief Technical Officer in Chemical and Biochemical Processing Division. He is M. Sc. from Nagpur University and Ph. D. from University of Mumbai. He has been working with CIRCOT for the last 30 years in research, training, cotton by-product utilization and other agriculture residue for value addition.
He has developed a chemical process entitled “A new single stage process for the preparation of absorbent cotton from short staple fibre waste” and the process is patented. He has published several research paper in various national and international journals of repute and also having two patents for various innovations. He is life member of Indian Fibre Society (IFS) and Indian Society for Cotton Improvement (ISCI).

Dr. A.J. Shaikh, Executive Member

Mobile: +91 9869534450

Dr. A.J. Shaikh is the former Director of ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai. He has vast experience in chemical processing of cotton and by-product utilisation. He is presently secretary of Indian Society for Cotton Improvement. He is one of the founder members of Indian Fibre Society (IFS).

Dr. P.G. Patil, Executive Member

Address: ICAR-CIRCOT, Matunga, Mumbai-400019
Tel: 022-24127273

Dr.Prashantkumar Gulabrao Patil did his B.Tech. (Agri.Engg.) in 1991 from MPKV, Rahuri, M.Tech. (Post-Harvest Engineering) from IIT, Kharagpur in the year 1993 and Ph.D. from VNIT, Nagpur in 2007. He worked as Scientist-in-charge at Ginning Training Centre of Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Nagpur during 1994-2008.

He also served as Ginning Consultant, Technology Mission on Cotton, Ministry of Textiles and has gargantum contribution in modernization of cotton ginning industry in India. He also served as Professor & Head, Department of Farm Structures, Dr.BSKKV, Dapoli and presently working as Director of ICAR- Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology, Mumbai since March, 2016. During his illustrious career of about 25 years he has acquired professional experience in R&D and Research Management in different areas of cotton processing and value addition.
His key research achievements include handling about 20 National and International projects including project funded by Common Fund for Commodities, The Netherlands. He has developed and commercialized 17 Novel Technologies on processing of cotton, by-product utilisation and nano-cellulose production from cotton linters. Granted a patent on DR Gin improvements. He is instrumental in establishment of pilot plants for ginning and scientific cotton seed processing, by-product utilisation, nanocellulose production, etc. and commissioned Nanotechnology Pilot Plant which is First in India and 5th in the World. He has international exposure to several countries like USA, Bangladesh and C-4 Countries, (Benin, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali) and Nigeria, Uganda, Malawi. He is instrumental in establishing Ginning Knowledge Cluster in Benin under Cotton TAP for Africa Programme of Govt. of India. In skill development and capacity building, he coordinated need based specialised training programmes in Textile Technology.
He has many awards & recognitions to his credit viz., Fellow of The Textile Association (India); Golden Jubilee Award: KVIC, Ministry of MSME, Govt. of India; Dr. V. Santhanam Special Prize (Indian Society for Cotton Improvement); R. K. Jain Memorial Award (Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers); Ahilyadevi Anap Award (Indian Society for Cotton Improvement); Silver Medal for paper published in Industrial Engineering Journal; Best Performing NAIP-BPD unit for Technology commercialization award and Maximum licenses per Technology Award-Nanocellulose in 2013, Fellow of Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers for the year 2016, Award of Cashless transaction Institute of ICAR.
He has published more than 100 research papers in reputed National and International Journals, 04 Books, over 75 Bulletins, Popular Articles, Book Chapters, Souvenirs of Seminars & Conferences, Training Course materials, etc. He is Member of Professional Bodies like Life Member of ISAE, TAI, IFS, ISCI and Executive Committee Member of ISCI and IFS.
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Dr. G.R. Anap, Executive Member

Mobile: +91 9821209694

Dr. G.R. Anap is presently working as International consultant in cotton ginning technology. He has vast experience in the field of ginning of different cotton varieties.

Mr. K.L. Vidurashwatha, Executive Member

Mobile: +91 9820601476

Shri Vidurashwatha did his Graduation in Textile Technology from SKSJT Institute, Bangalore University & M.Tech from A.C.College of Technology, Madras University. A Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India) & Chartered Engineer, Fellow of Textile Association (India). Hon.FTA-2012. He has 48 years of experience in various capacities of Plant Management, Project Management and Marketing Management in the Man Made Fibre/Textiles Industry in India as well as in South East Asia.

Served with reputed companies like Century Enka, Modipon, Nirlon, Texmaco Jaya Group, Singapore/Indonesia, Himson Group,Rossari Biotech,Technopak Advisors, Suvine Advisors. He has published several papers in the journals of India and abroad. He has convened 6 national and 2 international seminars on Man Made Fibres in India. He had a patent on Filament Yarn Intermingler in 1979.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of: Chemical Fibres International (Germany), & Man Made Textiles in India-SASMIRA, Co-Chairman, the Journal of Textile Association (India). Member-Research Advisory Committee of SASMIRA (since 1997) and BTRA (till 2011) Vice-Chairman (1991-93) & Chairman –The Textile Association of India, Mumbai Unit (1993-97). He was Hon. Jt.Secretary(2008-10) and Managing Committee Member-Textile Engineering Division of the Institution of Engineers-India, Maharashtra State Centre (2008-10 & 2012-14). He is the Member of Governing Council of the Textile Association (India) and Governing Body, Indian Fibre Society (IFS).He Served as a Member of various Committees of BIS, Delhi as well as Industry Bodies. He was Invitee Speaker in the Regional Conference, Asia, Africa & Mid East on Polyester, Feb 2001 conducted by the Singapore Technology Management Centre in Dubai.Presently, he is a Technical Director, Clinch Silicones Pvt.Ltd. and a Principal Consultant with Gherzi Consulting Engineers Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai. An active professional, widely travelled all over the world and visited prestigious companies and institutions in the field of Man Made Fibres for training as well as business.
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Mr. Manish Daga, Executive Member

Tel: +91-22-25679671/72

Shri Manish Pratap Daga is the Managing director of M/s Lesha Impex Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai (P.R.D Cottons Group) which is associated with cotton trade since year 1903. He is a qualified textile technologist, joined the business in 1989. Under his able management, the company expanded its operations to all major cotton growing states in India. With cultural background and with the related study of textiles, he made M/s P.R.D. Cottons the first recognized valuer of cotton. In 2005, P. R. D. Cottons became the world's first company to achieve ISO 9001: 2000 certification from BVQI for Cotton Valuation and Broking services.

Mr. Pankaj D. Mepani, Executive Member

Address: 14, Devi Chaya, 949 New Prabhadevi, Prabhadevi, Mumbai - 400025
Tel: +91- 22- 24326577
Mobile: +91 9167005444

Dr.Pankaj Mepani has about 42 years of experience in the cotton field, worked in the trade and the industry.He received lifetime achievement award from Cotton Association of India.He is presently director of Cotton Association of India.

Dr. Prashant Deshmukh, Executive Member

Address: Technology Transfer Division, ICAR-CIRCOT, Adenwala Road, Matunga, Mumbai – 400 019
Tel: 022-24127273
Mobile: +91 9421181248

Dr.Prashant Deshmukh is presently working as a Senior Scientist in the Technology transfer division of ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai.

Dr. P.K. Mandhyan, Executive Member

Address: Quality Evaluation & Improvement Division, ICAR-CIRCOT, Adenwala Road, Matunga, Mumbai – 400 019
Tel: 022-24127273
Mobile: +91 9987264427

Dr. P.K. Mandhyan is presently the Head I/C of Quality Evaluation & Improvement division of ICAR-CIRCOT.

Mr. A. Arputharaj, Executive Member

Address: Chemical and Biochemical Processing Division,ICAR-CIRCOT,Adenwala Road, Matunga, Mumbai – 400 019
Tel: 022-24127273
Mobile: +91-8097188310

Shri A. Arputharaj is presently working as a Scientist in Chemical and Biochemical Processing division of ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai.

Dr. Sudha Tiwari, Executive Member

Address: Chemical and Biochemical Processing Division, ICAR-CIRCOT, Adenwala Road,Matunga, Mumbai – 400 019
Tel: 022-24127273
Mobile: +91 9821555671

Dr. Sudha Tiwari has Completed her post-graduation in Oil/Fats & its Technology and obtained Ph.D (Organic Chemistry) in 1987 from Institute of Chemical Technology (formerly UDCT), Mumbai. She has more than 25 years of research experience in Oils/Fats & its Technology.
She is presently employed as Assistant Chief Technical Officer with ICAR-CIRCOT, Indian Council for Agriculture Research under Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers welfare, Govt. of India. Area of Research
  • Textile Auxiliaries (Soap, Detergent, Emulsifier Surfactant)
  • Extraction Technologies of oil seeds
  • Quantitative and Qualitative research and analysis for Improvement of cottonseed oil
  • Analytical & instrumental techniques for oil analysis,
  • Antioxidants as food additives
  • Utilization of Degenerated Oil wasted after frying of food.
  • Degossypolization of cottonseed
  • 7 Satyen Bose National awards from Kendriya Sachiwalay, New Delhi in the last 10 years.
  • 14 research papers published in highly reputed international and national scientific journals
  • Published several award winning articles, bulletins and short communications
  • Awarded best prizes on many presentations on edible oil related conferences and seminars
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Mr. S.V. Kokane, Executive Member

Address: ICAR-CIRCOT, Adenwala Road, Matunga, Mumbai – 400 019
Mobile:+91 9870297598

Shri Sharad Kokane is presently working as Senior Technical Officer in ICAR-CIRCOT, Mumbai