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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.