Sri Lanka Institute of Textile & Apparel has been established after merging the two Institutes Textile Training & Services Centre and Clothing Industry Training Institute by  Parliament Act No.12 of  2009.  New Institute “SLITA” delivers study programmes that are being complied with the need of students in the Sri Lankan context at  the same time keeping the Industry relevance.  SLITA comes under the purview of Ministry of Industry & Commerce under the new Act  is empowered to award diploma, degrees at graduate and postgraduate level. .
SLITA will provide fast track and cutting edge education to professionals for managing  the Apparel Industry in a competitive era.  The institute has entered into Memorandum of Understanding leading Industries (MOU) such as North Carolina State University, Bunka Fashion College, Japan.  SLITA is committed to prepare its students for technical and managerial positions in Textile and Apparel Industry and strive to deliver quality education through a system of effective pedagogy and continuous industry interaction with students.  With synergy of new technology and the knowledge from the industry, Institute mandate is to create of technical and management professional who can understand the dynamics of global business environment for Textile & Apparel Industry.
Mr.M A Thajudeen Chairman SLITA,Add. Secretary, Ministry of Industry & Commerce,
Mr.G.M.R.D. Aponsu Director, Ministry of Higher Education,
Mr.Jafar Sattar Apparel Exporters Association
Mr. K H Bandula Fernando Vice President Chamber of SME Garment Manufacturers Association
Ms. Mallika Samarasekara Commissioner General, Dept. of Inlend Revenue
Mr. Yohan Lawrence Director, Quantum Clothing Lanka(pvt) Ltd. .
Prof. G B Delkumburewatte Dept. of Textile & Apparel Technology, Open University,
Dr. G L D Wickramasinghe Dept. of Textile & Clothing Technology, University of Moratuwa
Mrs.K.Piyarathne Director(Export),Ministry of Industry & Commerce
Mr.Gopal K lyer Madiwela,Kotte
Mr. Iyoob Samahi Main Street,Colombo
Mr.Nawaz Mustapha Director General
Mr.Vasantha Wijayarathne Director (Operation)
Mr.S. Illangovan Director (Technical & Training)
Conduct Post Graduate and Degree programmes and to provide Diploma level education, training and consultancy and technical services to those in the Textile & Apparel Industry;
Establish national standards in Texitle and Clothing Technology Management and other related areas  and  award certificates in respect of the same;
  Assist the Government in the formulation of a national policy on Textile and Apparel Industry;
Link up with foreign Institutions, industries and laboratories and to provide accreditation and laboratory services and  conduct high level of courses maintaining high standards in respect of the same;
Form affiliations with local and foreign universities and institutions with a view of awarding digress, post graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates in the fields related to the Textile and Apparel Industry.
Carry out research and promote product development in the Textile and Apparel Industry in collaboration with State Institutions, local and foreign academic organizations, institutions and industries.
Offer testing and other related technical consultancy services in fields related to the Textile and Apparel Industry on a fee levying basis to local and foreign Institutions and to local and foreign students.
Conduct  market surveys, technical and economic feasibility studies, project appraisals and valuations on plant and machinery used in the Textile and Apparel Industry.
Maintain a data base containing information relating to the product in, import and export and other technical information relating to the Textile and Apparel Industry;
Issue conformity certificates to those engaged in the Textile and Apparel Industry on international, national and company compliance system standards.