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Industrial Research Laboratory was established in 1937 at Baroda, and
was taken over by Government of Gujarat in 1960. It was renamed as
Gujarat Industrial Research & Development Agency (GIRDA) following the
recommendations of Eswaran Committee constituted by Govt. of Gujarat.
The basic objective of GIRDA was to encourage small and medium scale
industries in general and chemical and petrochemical industries in
particular in Gujarat by providing services related to Research and
Development, Extension, Training, Assistance and Guidance especially
where Technology, Raw materials, Finished Products, Quality Control,
Development of New Application Area of the Products are concerned. It
was equipped with the facilities, expertise for quality assurance
development, testing and industrial research and development. GIRDA
activities are managed by a Governing Body comprising of the members
nominated by the Government of Gujarat from various disciplines like
educational, research institutes, industries etc.
The Agency is an autonomous body functioning under the Office of the Industries Commissioner, Industries & Mines Dept., Govt. of Gujarat with 100% Grant-in-aid.
GIRDA is registered Under Society Act 1860 and approved by Dept. of Science Technology (DST), New Delhi.