In 1890 Kalabhavan Techincal Institute was established and Textile Engineering Department was a part of it then. It was then known by the name ―RANGSHALA‖ and during that time artisan courses were offered in Weaving and Sizing till we became University. Gradually the department has developed to full fledged Engineering courses, the First step was offering the Certificate course in Weaving (1897) and the Diploma in Weaving Technology (1907). Major Laboratories and Equipment Department has full-fledged laboratories for Physical Testing, Spinning, Weaving & weaving preparatory, Texturing, Knitting and Manmade Textiles. Physical testing lab is equipped with the state-of–the–art testing facilities and offer testing of fibers, filaments, yarns, fabrics, garment, geo textiles, medical textiles etc. Anchor institute [textile unit] has contributed well in the procurement of latest machines as well as instruments while establishing these facilities. Some of the latest machines procured are Autoconer X5, Single end sizing machine, Sample loom, Chute feed system fro the blow-room, Reiter make Card machine, Comber, Himson make Two for one twister, Rotor spinning machine and the HVI instruments besides the Premier make evenness tester. The Department is also equipped with a computer lab, having 18 computers with internet facility and multimedia LCD projector.
Major Thrust Areas:
Knitting, Technical textiles, Non-woven, Garment Technology and Computer Aided Designs Textile Engineering Department The department has added another feather to its cap by having been selected as Anchor Institute by Industries Commissionarate Govt. of Gujarat in 2009. Department is engaged in solving problems of Industry, in and around Baroda, like IPCL, Dinesh Mills Ltd, Patwa kinariwala, NIMAKO, KBS Filters, etc. It is associated with Capiq Engineering Industries in performance study of new Retro Fit Autolevellers, Standardization of requirements and specifications of packing bags for GSFC, development of Puncture resistance tester and Creep testers for Industrial Fabrics, in collaboration with TAIRO, funded by Baroda Rayon Corporation Research Grant, product developimprovement of functional characteristics of woven industrial fabrics and Geotextiles with High-tech speciality fabrics and Masturlal Chunilal Industrial Fabrics Ltd. Department is actively associated with TAIRO (Textile and Allied Industries Research Organisation) involved in development of proto type machines like Friction spinning, Roller card, Nep tester, Air jet spinning, Tandem spinning. The department has full fledged testing facility for testing from fiber to fabric to Geotextiles and even man made textiles.