Agriculture and Food
Processing Industries Minister, Shri Sharad Pawar is to inaugurate a
world-class institution in food processing sector – called NIFTEM - at
kundli, Haryana, day after tomorrow (7th November). Haryana Chief
Minister Shri Bhupinder Singh Hooda and a number of Union and State
Ministers will be present at the inaugural function.
NIFTEM or the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and
Management has been conferred Deemed University status. The institute
has begun its first academic session this summer. It will confer B.
Tech. (Food Technology and Management), M. Tech. and Ph. D. in the area
of Food Technology and Management.
One important aspect of its functioning is that it has ‘theme centres’
on different sectors such as dairying, cereal-based products, animal
protein, beverages, confectionery, and fruit and vegetable based foods.
There are also themes cutting across these sectors, e.g. management,
packaging, food standards and testing.
NIFTEM would work actively in setting food standards, businesses
incubation and information sharing. It would be an apex institution in
the field of food technology and management and would coordinate its
various activities with other institutions in this area. NIFTEM would
actively collaborate with the world’s best institutions to promote
development of path-breaking technologies, which are globally relevant.
This will help NIFTEM become an international centre of excellence.
World-class institutions for technology, management and entrepreneurship
are a critical requirement for the growth of FPI. Existing R & D
institutions have not been able to develop innovative products,
processes and machinery of global stature. This is evident from India’s
poor share in global trade. There is lack of world-class managerial
talent and entrepreneurship with adequate technical background in food
sciences and technology. The existing mechanism for setting food
standards is also inadequate in the context of the increasing importance
of food hygiene and safety and evolution of international standards.
Business Incubation services, a critical need to foster entrepreneurship
in the food sector, are virtually absent in India. Further, the industry
also faces the challenge of inadequate and outdated information on the
industry, such as demand and supply trends in the Indian and overseas
markets, regulatory requirements etc. Without overcoming these shortages
and gaps in knowledge, tools and technologies, and talent, the FPI
sector in India cannot grow fast and compete with the best in the world.
NIFTEM will strive to fill these gaps and help the Indian FPI industry
grow to its full potential.