CSTRI SUB UNITS
The sub units of CSTRI are broadly categorized under three heads viz., Demonstration cum Technical Service Centres (DCTSCs), Silk Conditioning and Testing Houses (SCTHs) and Textile Testing Laboratories (TTLs). The DCTSCs have the mandate of providing technical services to the silk production clusters in their command areas. The activities include organizing training programmes, technology demonstrations, field interaction programmes and quality assessment with thrust on cocoon quality assessment. The technologies developed by CSTRI are disseminated through the sub units. The DCTSCs were also involved in the implementation and monitoring of plan schemes. Their continuous field interactions resulted in improving the work practices and quality of silk products. They adopted reeling, twisting and weaving units for continuous monitoring for overall development. Assistance was provided in creating market links wherever possible and also in solving day-to-day problems of the production units. They have been able to create a positive impact in the field of mulberry as well as non -mulberry sectors.
The SCTHs have the exclusive mandate of inculcating quality awareness amongst the manufacturers and buyers of raw silk and twisted silk. The testing services of SCTHs were offered to a wide cross section of the industry, which includes marketing boards, reelers, weavers, twisters and traders. The test reports are explained and suitable remedial measures / approaches for quality improvement are also provided. The services are offered on nominal charge basis. A large number of producers and buyers have availed of the services of SCTHs during the year. As an offshoot of SCTH, Cocoon Testing Centres (CTCs) and Raw Silk Testing Centres (RSTCs) have been established with the mandate of cocoon testing and silk testing respectively.
The TTLs of CSTRI were established in order to cater to the needs of the industry in evaluating the physical, chemical and eco parameters of silk textiles. The TTLs with facilities for testing a wide range of parameters are meeting the growing demand especially of the export sector in view of the stringent requirements with regard to eco parameters by the importing countries.