IIT Delhi start-up to engineer durable fabric for the National Flag

IIT Delhi startup SWATRIC and Flag Foundation of India to design material for the National Flag that can last through extreme weather conditions.

IIT Delhi start-up to engineer durable fabric for the National Flag IIT Delhi (Source: Official Website)
Vagisha Kaushik | Jul 22, 2021 - 2:18 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi’s start-up SWATRIC has collaborated with the Flag Foundation of India (FFI) to develop world-class and advanced textiles for the National Flag of India. Recently, IIT Delhi, FFI, and Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) signed an agreement to carry out research and development through the startup.

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“Given India’s diverse climatic and geographical conditions, designing and developing engineered fabric for the flag is a big challenge. The flag’s materials have to be selected and designed specifically to make it durable for extreme weather conditions without being too heavy,” says a statement from IIT Delhi.

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Bipin Kumar, professor, textile and fibre engineering department, IIT Delhi, said: “It is the need of the hour to help manufacturers with a proper standardization and core subject knowledge or skills on technical yarns and fabrics to improve the quality of the flag fabric.”

Talking about the agreement, Ashim Kohli, CEO, Flag Foundation of India, said: “We have always been facing a challenge of obtaining good quality flags. It is indeed a proud moment for us to work with IIT Delhi’s experts on developing appropriate technologies, which are relevant to the country’s pride.”

On January 23, 2004, SC, in a historic judgement, said that it is the fundamental right of every citizen to fly the national flag freely, with respect and dignity.

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