Prof. (Dr). Ashis Kr. Samanta, is presently Professor and Former HOD of Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, Institute of Jute Technology (IJT), University of Calcutta. He is presently also Chairman of BIS TXD-07 Sectional Committee for Textile Dyestuff, Chemicals and auxiliaries , Chairman and Board of Expert/Board of Studies, Bachelor of Fashion Design (BFAD) Course, University of Calcutta. He is also Member of Board of Studies, Bachelor of Fashion Technology Course of Amity University, Kolkata.
He is Member of Editorial Advisory Board for Journal of Institution of Engineers-Series-E (Chemical and Textile Engg.) and also for Indian Journal of Natural Fibres , Journal of Textile Science and Engineering, SCIREA Trends in Textile and Fashion Technology (TTEFT). He is Former Member and Former Convener of PhD Committee in Textile Technology, CU. He has also served as Professor In-Charge (Academic) in Institute of Jute Technology (IJT) - for 2 yrs and as Member, Governing Council of IJT in four term. He is Former Member of Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of NIRJAFT, Govt. of India, ICAR, Kolkata from 2010-2012, He was also Member, Board of Studies for B Des. Course, Viswabharati, Santiniketan, 2011-13; Ex-Chairman of Textile Eng. Division Committee of West Bengal State Centre of Institutions of Engineers (India) during 2004-2008. He acted as Advisor/Expert Member in Public Service Commission of West Bengal and Orissa, Staff Selection Commission for Govt. of India for selection Committee. He was Former Asst. Director in MANTRA, Surat, 1997-98; He is recipient of 'Bharat Nirman Award-2014” for special contribution in Jute Technology Education and Research. He has also received 'Dr. Triguna Charan Sen Award” in 1995-96 and in 2013-14; 'Subject Paper Award” in 2006; 'Special Merit Award” in 2007 all from Institution of Engineer (India). He received 'Certificate of Excellence” from AICTE for Computerized Print Design Project, 2004-07; 'Best Practices award” in NAAC-IAQC Seminar in 2013; 'Best Research paper award”in 2013 in International Conference of J D Birla Institute. He is member of American Association of Scientist and Technologist, USA. He has attended meeting of ISO-TC-38 Committee nominated from BIS India and also nominated expert for WG-31 on Natural Materials for Textiles, as a Chairman of TXD-07 Committee of BIS.
He was also Part time Sr Consultant of MGIRI (Khadi Textiles Research Institute) under MSME, Govt. of India for 2017-18 and 2018-19 for two terms. Research and Academic Contribution: His main research Interest are Chemical processing of Jute, Cotton and other Natural Fibres, Natural dyeing and Chemical finishing (including Fire Retardant finishing, Nano Finishing and Smart polymer finishing) of Jute, coir, ramie, cotton , silk , polyester and all other textiles for last 30 years; where he has contributed total more than 300 papers including 127 research papers (70 international and 57 National) besides 50 technical articles and more than 97 seminar papers, 5 Book Chapters, 5 Books and 11 Training manuals and 9 Number of edited volume. So far, he has guided twelve (12) PhD in chemical processing of Textiles and presently another 3 Research Scholars are carrying out PhD under his guidance. He has edited Eleven (11) Nos. of Book / Training manuals related to Jute Processing and authored three books -(i) one book on Natural Dye , (ii) 2nd book on Managing behavioral aspects and (iii) 3rd book on Energy management (all three books were published by Department of Jute and Fibre Technology, University of Calcutta) and written five book chapters, where two book chapters are in international books related to natural materials /dyes for textiles. He is also involved as member of editorial board for following Journals : (1) Journal of Institution of Engineers(India)-Series-E ( Textile and Chemical Engg, IE(I)- Springer publication. (2) Indian Journal of Natural Fibres , TINFS publication, India. (3) SCIREA: Journal of Textile Science , SCIREA publication, (4) International Journal of Textile Sc and Engg. , Gavin publisher (5) Asst. Editor of ‘MANTRA BULLETIN’, a monthly Journal of MANTRA during 1997-98