Department of Textile Technology


To excel in the field of Textile Technology Education and to develop highly competent technocrats with global intellectual qualities.


  • To educate students with state-of-the-art technologies to compete internationally, able to produce creative solutions and entrepreneurial spirit, conscious to the universal moral values and social commitment
  • To encourage students to adhere to the professional ethical code and sustainable practices.
  • To equip the students with strong foundation, empower them for continuing education.


In accordance with the suggestions made by Dr. C.P Ramaswamy Iyer at the inaugural meeting of the University of Travancore in 1937, a faculty of technology was immediately formed. Sri. N.K Padmanabha Pillai who was the Director of Registration and Registrar of Joint Stock Companies was appointed on special duty from 9th March 1938 to organize industrial and vocational education in the university. Two institutions were started with this objective of which the earlier one was the Institute of Textile Technology, Trivandrum started in 1938-39 and the latter one was the college of Engineering Trivandrum, started in 1939-40. The Institute of Textile Technology was the only one of its kind in South India at the time of inception.

During the second world war Govt. Of India Established a War Technicians Training Centre in the institute of Textile Technology. The institute also supplied a considerable amount of clothing for war purposes.

In September 1957, the Department of Technical education of the Kerala Government took over the institute. This was a turning point in the history of this institute. The course was later shifted to the Central Polytechnic College. The department offers both a three-year diploma programme and a certificate course in Textile Technology. The department has 6 faculty members and 10 supporting staff. It has well equipped labs to perform the latest experiments as per the industrial requirement.

Scope of Textile Technology

The Indian Textile industry is one of the largest in the world with a large raw material base and manufacturing strength. There are around 3400 textile mills in India, The Textile industry provides direct employment to over 45 million people and it is the second largest employer after agriculture and thus development of this industry directly affects to the Indian Economy. Indian Textile industry contributes to 7 per cent of industrial output in terms of value, 2 per cent of India's GDP and to 15 per cent of country's export earnings. Traditional sectors like Handlooms, Handicrafts and Small scale Power - loom units are the biggest source of employment for millions of people in urban and semi-urban area. The Indian textile industry has inherent linkage with Agriculture, tradition and culture of our country.

Textile Technology or Textile Engineering is the study of various principles from the scientific and engineering methodologies that are implemented for the processing and production of all sorts of textile Garments, Fabrics, Yarns and Fibres. It also involves the study of physical and chemical properties that are helpful in the analysis and study of polymers.

Career Opportunities

Skilled textile engineers are required by the top Textile plants and companies. Till the time the fashion world is growing, the Textile industry will also grow at the same pace. We all desire to wear the best quality and unique clothing at a reasonable price. Such demands of the crowd have resulted in improving the scope of textile engineering especially the R&D and production departments.

Textile engineers not only apply innovative techniques for producing quality fabrics but also work towards improving the existing texture of fibres. Departments in which a textile engineer can work include R&D, Technical sales, Quality control, Production control and Corporate management, as well as government firms like DRDO, BIS, Ministry of Textiles, National Textile Corporation, Central Silk board, Textile committee, Kerala Textile corporation Ltd, Directorate of handloom and Textiles, Khadi and village industries, Technical Education Department, VHSE, etc

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List of Laboratories

  1. Yarn Manufacturing Lab
  2. Fabric Manufacturing Lab
  3. Fashion Designing and Garment Technology Lab
  4. Textile Wet Processing Lab
  5. Textile Testing Lab