Particulars of organisation, functions and duties

The World's largest Leather Research Institute, was founded on 24 April, 1948. CLRI made an initiative with foresight to link technology system with both academy and industry. .
Name and address of the organization
Head of the organization
Vision, Mission and Key objectives
Function and duties
Organization Chart
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Name and Address of the organization

CSIR-Central Leather Research Institute
(Council of Scientific & Industrial Research)
Adyar, Chennai 600 020 , India
Phone: +91 - 44 - 24910897 I Fax: +91 - 44 - 24912150


Head of the organization

Dr. KJ Sreeram

Vision, Mission and Key objectives

vision & mission

A vision document with a well defined agenda and specific goals, plan, strategy and a road map is prepared 

One pointed goal for CLRI is to establish global leadership and provide technological support to the world leather industry; gaining CLRI, CSIR and the Nation, Prestige, pride and economic benefits as well as reverential power in the global scientific industrial research for the leather sector. 

R & D Targets 
To remain in the cutting edge of science and technology, the R&D Support systems need to maintain the expertise pool and manpower base constantly challenged and continuously facilitated. 

A Plan 
Leather research in CLRI needs a master plan; a plan to service technologies for a wider net, a plan complete with action strategy to gain Global leadership and a plan which ensures a financial sustainability in the changing financing pattern of R & D Systems. The master plan needs to be ambitious, but actionable to realize the goal.
Organizational Chart

Functions of Research Council
  • Advise on the formulation of R&D programmes and future directions of activities of the laboratory keeping in view the Five Year Plans, national priorities and opportunity areas.
  • Suggest networking with other CSIR National Laboratories on programmes of mutual interest.
  • Review R&D activities and research programmes and advise on future dirctions.
  • Advise on fostering linkages between the Laboratory, industry and potential clients.
  • Constitute Selection Committees and Assessment Committees/Peer Groups for selection, merit and assessment promotions of Scientific staff.
  • Any other function as may be assigned by Director General/Governing Body.


Functions of Management Council

  • Administer and manage the affairs and environs of the laboratory
  • Write off irrecoverable monetary losses and Stores within the limits prescribed by CSIR
  • Recommend the resource allocation for R&D activities/facilities of Lab./Instt.
  • Monitor the progress of R&D and other activities of the Lab./Instt.
  • Recommend devolution of powers to the Project Leaders for the proper implementation of the projects/activities.
  • Approve contract R&D, consultancy projects and licensing of IPR beyond the powers of Director.
  • Consider the annual report of the National Laboratory.
  • Constitute selection committees and assessment committees for all Technical staff.
  • Any other matter, as my be referred by the Director-General.


CLRI Mandate

  • To seek excellence in research in Frontier areas
  • To serve the national apex body in leather
  • To Participate in HRD through direct role in education and training in leather related areas
  • To assess and forecast technology needs
  • To serve as a reliable consultant to leather sector
  • To develop technologies and deliver to the industry through effective extension network
  • To serve as a dependable source of technologies and
  • To provide a technology supermarket for users


Genesis, Inception and Formation of Department

Central Leather Research Institute, India was founded on 24 April, 1948. It was a land mark decision of the country born at the mid- night of 15th August 1947, to invest into leather research. In 1947, the export basket of India included mostly raw hides and skins. There remained an untapped opportunity for India in leather sector for economic development, employment generation and export earnings. The missing link was addition of technology to the manufacturing base of Indian leather sector. CLRI was founded to develop an internal strength in the country to generate, assimilate and innovate technologies for leather sector.

It is one matter to design and develop technologies but entirely another to reach viable technologies in a traditional sector like leather. CLRI in 1948, made an initiative with foresight to link technology system with both academy and industry. CLRI assumed the role of being a part of the University of Madras in imparting education in leather technology. The seed sown in 1948 has now grown into a tree with nearly 60% of the industry in India being manned and managed by the Alumni of CLRI.

CLRI, today, is a central hub in Indian leather sector with direct roles in education, research, training, testing, designing, forecasting, planning, social empowerment and leading in science and technology relating to leather. Looking back, CLRI seems a worthwhile investment of India in a sensitive industrial segment of a Nation.

CLRI is vying to emerge a global leader in leather research. The technological services of the institute are as durable as leather. Leather and allied research in CLRI form core areas of activities. There is critical strength for research and development in some critical areas of sciences and technology. Research in CLRI includes non-leather as well.

Leather today co-exists with number of non-leather fabrics. Complementality of non-leather materials with leather is as real as the uniqueness of leather. While man made many non-leather materials look like leather, the Nature made material has defied mankind through its architectural marvel and kindness to human skin. Skin is unmatched in its architecture. Size distribution and connectivity of pores make skin breathe and thermo-regulate. Perspiration is Nature's way of relating body to the ambience. Well made leather preserves the unmatched property of skin. Human feet fluctuate in volume through the day. The visco-elastic material, leather, readjusts the changing volume of feet, when the shoe is made right. Gentle and kind is leather on human feet. Synthetics strive to perform like leather; but the original is leather that the other materials need to ape.

Leather is great; but the demand is larger than supply. With a mismatched demand-supply gap for hides and skins, leather and non-leather have come to coexist and complement. They are look alikes for leather; but the true like of leather is leather alone.

CLRI: A Technology Supermarket in Leather

CLRI strives to marry leather to its diverse functions. CLRI plays today a supermarket for leather related technologies.The strength of CLRI stems from the competence of the people, R&D infrastructure, linkages with the users.