Food technology

INI status increases the value of food technology institutes

With the adoption of the National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill of 2021 and the subsequent status of institutions of national importance (INI) granted to two food technology institutes, the research standards and quality of education should be comparable to those of global institutions. .

The bill was passed unanimously by the Lok Sabha recently. It granted INI status to the two institutes of the National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Food Technology Management (NIFTEM), Kundali (Haryana) as well as the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu) under the Ministry of Food Processing. Industries.

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Education time, C Anandharamakrishnan, director of Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT), says INI status will make the institute prominent and develop qualified staff. “This status will help create brand value for the institute and positively impact recruitment, attract top faculties and students from across India and abroad.” Anandharamakrishnan adds, “The institute will have the freedom to update the curricula according to the changing needs of the industry and to speed up the identification of the industry requirements by the students and to solve the difficult problems for the job. final year project.

The INI status will also help increase scholarships and exchange programs with various international organizations and institutions, he adds.


Importance of autonomy

Institutions with INI status also benefit from an additional degree of autonomy; benefit from certain government programs, including scholarships that are only applicable to these institutes. “With the autonomy to modify the program according to the requirements of the industry, the Institute can offer skills development programs to meet the needs of the food processing industries,” explains the director of the IIPPT.

“More R&D grants that increase foreign collaborations will be beneficial in addressing the challenges faced by various countries in food processing and preservation, and will provide solutions applicable to partner and origin countries,” says Anandharamakrishnan.

“Nurture the management of entrepreneurship and innovation among students and stakeholders in all facets of food transformation by helping startups in their initial development, by designing solutions adapted to national and international challenges for existing industries , and thus catalyze the growth of the food processing sector are among some other advantages of being an INI institute ”, he underlines.


Global collaboration and research options


Functional autonomy will speed up the processes involved in foreign collaborations. “The value of the INI brand will attract the world’s top ranked universities / institutions to collaborate for research, consultancy and academics. Exchange of students and faculty members with collaborative institutes, which will expose students and faculty members to update on trends and current developments in other countries in the field of food processing ” , he adds.


More visibility


INI status will also attract international students to pursue study and research, while scientists and professors from all over the world will share their knowledge and experience through workshops and seminars. “Undertaking research projects with international organizations such as the United Nations Organizations – WFP (World Food Program), the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations agriculture, offers more visibility, ”he adds.