Popularly known as the ‘Manchester of Maharashtra’, Ichalkaranji has always been a prominent textile hub with continuous changes and upgradations since the 19th century. However, back in 1980, the textile Industry in Ichalkaranji started growing at a very rapid rate and created an undeniable thrust for a bracket of skilled professionals that can cater to the needs of the evolving industry. Taking the charge to meet this growing requirement, nine co-operative organizations from Ichalkaranji joined the hands together under the leadership of Mr. K. B. Awade (Ex. M.P) in 1981 to form an Education Society, named after Shri Dattajirao Kadam, a veteran leader and an ardent co-operator, who was instrumental in the development of Textile Industry at Ichalkaranji. Carrying the motto of providing technical education in various fields to students from the rural areas of western Maharashtra, Dattajirao Kadam Technical Education Society (DKTE) came into existence.
DKTE Society’s Textile & Engineering Institute is the first institute established by the society which was started with a Diploma course in Textiles with on no grant basis in the State of Maharashtra in the year 1982. Later during 1983-84, the institute introduced two-degree courses followed by keeping on adding several diploma, degree, post-graduate level programs, and Ph.D. research centers under the affiliation of Shivaji University Kolhapur in the next few years, addressing the impressive demands of the aspirants. The institute has been endowed with the autonomous status by UGC New Delhi and Shivaji University, Kolhapur from the academic year 2016-17. Also, Institute has accredited with A+ Grade (3.53 CGPA) by NAAC. National board of Accreditation (NBA) has accredited all eligible courses being offered by Institute. The Institute is holding a prestigious ISO 9001-2015 certification. The institute has also been honored as ‘The Best Educational Institute for Textile Engineering’ by Ministry of Textiles, GoI, in 2013.
Prof (Dr)Pradyumkumar Vasant Kadole,Director & Professor in Textile Technology, DKTE, shares, ” Owing to the rich heritage of manifesting excellence in the field of engineering education, the institute prides on maintaining a very cordial relationship with the industry.” and the institute has emerged as the winner of ‘Best Industry-Linked Engineering Institute-2015 & 2017’ in the nation-wide survey conducted jointly by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Confederation of Indian Industries (CII). The institute’s industry collaborations also include accreditation by Tata Consultancy Services for academic collaboration and students’ placement, accreditation by Textile Institute Manchester (UK) and so on. “Giving downright importance to offering a comprehensive value-based technical education to our students; we have been able to gain a great stature in academic excellence over the years. Every year several students get a place in the merit list of Shivaji University, Kolhapur and 20+ emerge as gold medalists,” proudly says Prof (Dr) Kadole. The institute also has signed MoUs with institutes of national and international repute such as Technical University of Liberech,Czech Republic, North Carolina State University, USA (NCSU), Texas Tech University, USA, College of Engineering, Pune, just to name a few.
Second to None
DKTE Society’s Textile & Engineering Institute stands out among the other engineering institutes of the country, not only because it puts efforts in achieving academic excellence but also for its relentless initiatives in transferring exemplary quality of education to the students through adopting robust research activities. Prof (Dr) Kadole pinpoints, “We believe in staying quite active in encouraging research activities among our students and faculty members. Given this, we have signed MoUs with industries like ACMIT Italy, Rieter Switzerland, Asai Kasai Japan and so on. Also, the institute has been sanctioned Govt. Sponsored projects worth of more than Rs.52.00 Crores and has received Rs. 22 Crore worth machinery equipments from machinery manufacturers from Germany, Switzerland, to name a few. The institute continuously provides consultancy, research and development services to the industries. “The students of DKTE Society’s Textile & Engineering Institute are rendered state of the art facilities inside the campus comprising 24 x 7 high-speed internet connectivity, well equipped library, laboratories, and workshops.
Prof (Dr) Kadole claims, “Another feather was added in the cap of our institute when it has been designated to establish a Center of Excellence in Nonwovens by Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India.” The campus of DKTE Society’s Textile & Engineering Institute is also beatified with an Entrepreneurship Development Cell that is sponsored by Department of Science & Technology Govt. of India, New Delhi. “Throughout the academic year, we strive to accomplish our set goals by taking up varied programs, right from the Technical Education Quality Improvement Program (TEQIP) to grooming our students as per industry norms. Wholesome growth of our graduates is what we prioritize the most,” adds Prof (Dr) Kadole.
Till date placed more than 7,610 students through Campus Interviews, the alumni of DKTE Society’s Textile & Engineering Institute are spread across the world holding dignified designations. “Having linkage with 450 companies, through Pre-Placement Offer (PPO) policy of the institute, leading organizations like Vardhaman, Welspun and Reliance, select students of Pre-Final Year for Summer Internship / Project,” mentions Prof (Dr) Kadole. With the continuous assurance of paving a bright career path for its students and deliver the best possible curricular and co-curricular excellence, the institute is dedicatedly marching towards to develop as one of the leading institutes in the spectrum of technical education and research.
Prof (Dr) Pradyumkumar Vasant Kadole
A Ph.D. in Textile Engineering, Prof (Dr) Pradyumkumar Vasant Kadole chairs the position of Director & Professor in Textile Technology at DKTE. Holding extensive experience in academics and industry, Prof (Dr) Kadole is associated with a range of professional bodies and enjoys society membership with organizations like Indian Society for Technical Education, Textile Association of India and so on. He has published papers in various National and International journals, and also has four books on his name and has grabbed many prestigious awards and honors over the years.