Uttar Pradesh Textile Technology Institute (Earlier known as Government Central Textile Institute) , Kanpur is a premier textile institute of North India. It made a modest start in 1914. However in 1937, Govt. Central Textile Institute came into existence in its present form by merger of two premier textile institute i.e. one at Kanpur and the other at Roorkee i.e. Department of Textile Technology , Thomson Civil Engineering College of Roorkee and two diploma programme were started in.
In the year 1959-60 four year degree Programmes in Textile Technology & Textile Chemistry were started. Initially the Institute was affiliated to Agra University but on establishment of the University in Kanpur in the year 1966 it got affiliated to Kanpur University. In the year 1976-77 the institute pioneered in starting a four year degree programme in Manmade Fibre technology. In 1985 the three year diploma Programmes were shifted to Government Polytechnic Kanpur and thereafter the institute has been running graduate and postgraduate Programmers with Ph.D. research facilities. The fourth degree programme in Textile Engineering was added under World Bank aided Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme of Government of India and Government of State of Uttar Pradesh in 2005.
The institute is organized into four Textile departments along with individual departments of Basic Sciences and Engineering. All Textile departments offer B.Tech. Degree and Textile Technology and Textile Chemistry departments offer M.Tech degree. Facilities for doctorate level research also exist in all departments.