The Synthetic & Art Silk Mills' Research Association (SASMIRA) established on 12th January 1950 under Registration No. 2505 of 1949-1950 granted under societies act XXI of 1860 and is a cooperative venture set up by the man-made textile industry of India after independence as a multi-functional institute to serve its scientific and technological needs. At that period the pioneers of silk and art silk industry, composed of large number of small units with a rare foresight mooted the proposal for creating a co-operative research organisation. This proposal was supported by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and other Government agencies that culminated into establishment of SASMIRA, earlier known as Silk and Art Silk Mills' Research Association. SASMIRA entered into its golden jubilee in the year 2000 AD, coinciding with the new millennium. The land mark building of SASMIRA at Worli is in the heart of the city of Mumbai, the imposing building covering nearly 12,000 sq.mts. of area was conceived as far back as in 1950, and completed in 1958.
ii) Functions and objectives of the Organisation:
Commencing with the testing of silk and art silk materials, SASMIRA has geared its activities since then to meet the changing needs of the man-made textile industry thereby fulfilling its objectives. At present, SASMIRA is linked to the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. The major areas of functioning at SASMIRA are listed as below: