National Institute of Textile Engineering and Research (NITER) is the first education institute running as a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) organization under the Ministry of Textiles & Jute, GoB. It is located in its own campus at Nayarhat, Savar, Dhaka adjacent to the Dhaka-Aricha highway and enjoys excellent communication facilities connecting among important cities of the country. The total campus area of NITER is 13.06 Acres with adequate built up space in its academic, administrative, hostels, Canteen and other buildings.
As per the decision of the Ministry of Textiles & Jute, NITER has been running under the management of ‘Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA)’ since September 2008. An operational agreement was signed between ‘Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA)’ and ‘Bangladesh Textile Mills Corporation (BTMC)’ under the Ministry of Textiles & Jute. After signing the agreement, BTMA actively took the responsibilities of NITER on May, 2009. That time it was known as ‘National Institute of Textile Training Research and Design (NITTRAD)’.
BTMA expanded the academic span of the institute and started B. Sc. in Textile Engineering course under the Faculty of Engineering & Technology of the University of Dhaka. From 2010-2011 session, B. Sc. in Textile Engineering course was started. Considering the nature and future prospect of this institute, the University of Dhaka requested the Ministry of Textiles & Jute to change the name of NITTRAD. Accordingly the Ministry renamed NITTRAD as ‘National Institute of Textile Engineering and Research (NITER)’ from January 2013.
Apart from Textile Engineering course, NITER is also offering two other important courses, B. Sc. in Industrial & Production Engineering (IPE) and Fashion & Apparel Design (FAD) program to meet the present demand of our textile and RMG sector. NITER has been operating B. Sc. in Industrial & Production Engineering (IPE) from 2015-2016 session and B. Sc. in Fashion & Apparel Design (FAD) from 2017-2018 session. Now, more than 1,200 students are enrolled in these courses and gradually the number is increasing every year. Very soon, M. Sc. in Textile Engineering course will start under the academic umbrella of the University of Dhaka.
NITER is being operated by a ‘Governing Body’ consists of the members from BTMA, Ministry of Textiles & Jute, BTMC, University of Dhaka and from the institute as well. Mr. Tapan Chowdhury, renowned industrialist and the President of BTMA is the Chairman and veteran academician Prof. Dr. Mohammed Mizanur Rahman, Principal, NITER, is the Member-Secretary of the Governing Body.
Background history of NITER:
‘National Institute of Textile Engineering and Research (NITER)’ was previously evolved from ‘Textile Industry Development Center (TIDC)’ which was established in January 1979 and once emerged as the only training centre capable of imparting practical oriented quality training for professionals engaged in the textile manufacturing industry. The main objective was to provide skilled professional manpower for the government-owned textile industries. Later on, from 1994 to 2007 this organization was known as ‘National Institute of Textile Training Research and Design (NITTRAD)’ and was operating need-based short courses related to textiles. In order to meet the upward demand of skilled textile engineers for the textiles and allied sector of Bangladesh, the objective was changed. In this continuance, the operational management of the institute was handed over to Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA) on September 2008. Till then, it has been successfully running as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) organization and contributing to meet the acute demand of skilled professionals for our textile and allied sectors.
Facilities of NITER:
NITER is located in 13.06 Acres of land with vibrant greenery and scenic beauty. NITER has adequate numbers of qualified faculty members, officers, and staff. There are Academic buildings and Administrative building with sufficient space. It has all kinds of modern laboratories, sufficient number of class-rooms with adequate space, web-based library, fully equipped computer labs with internet facilities, separate hostels for male & female students with amenities, canteen, playground & indoor games, wifi-zone campus etc. There are several clubs of student activities functioning in different fields. Many seminars, workshops, events take place under different clubs.
Furthermore, NITER has a unique wing namely ‘Research and Industrial Relations (RIR)’ for operating its collaborative research & innovative activities, student’s industrial trainings as well as job placements. Generally a NITER graduate has good demand in the textile job sector and gets employed rapidly.
There is a Proctoreal-body to oversee the rules and regulations and the disciplinary activities of the students. Similarly, Hostels Superintendents are there to look after the resident students of NITER. There are also teacher’s quarters inside the NITER campus.