Staff Reporter

It will help explore new areas of research

"CLRI first science lab in the country to integrate research with education"Institute leading in innovations in leather technology since 2000

CHENNAI: The Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Northampton in the United Kingdom, coinciding with the institute's Founder's Day celebrations.

The institute's director, T. Ramasami, signed the letter of understanding with the U.K. university's representatives, Nick Boutle and Mark Wilkinson, at a function organised at the Triple Helix auditorium in the campus in Adyar.

Though the specifics of the agreement are not yet known, both CLRI and Northampton Institute representatives said the arrangement would help explore new areas of research. Northampton runs the British School of Leather Technology where it offers diploma programmes, MBA and research in leather studies.

Felicitating the Institute on the occasion of Founder's Day, G. Thyagarajan, chairman, Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Waste, said CLRI was the first science lab in the country to integrate research with education. "There are many firsts to the institute. It is also the first institute to establish a close working alliance with the industry."

Resource development

S. Ramachandran, chairman, Research Council, CLRI, said the Institute's contribution to human resource development had been phenomenal. "Nearly 30 per cent of all leading scientists in field of leather technology have been associated with the institute at one point or the other."

Mr. Ramasami said the institute has been leading the list of innovations in leather technology since the year 2000. A seminar on innovations in leather technology was organised later in the day.