Wednesday 22 January 2014

Food processing sector in India is still in a nascent stage and deserves better attention from the government in enhancing the capacity in this sector in coming years. NIFTEM will be an initiative in that direction giving boost to this sector by means of technological and scientific interventions and by enhancing capacity through its traditional and non-traditional educational and research programs relating to food sciences and allied disciplines. Based on the intensive interaction with food industry professionals, a clear need was felt to produce leaders/managers in this emerging sector as there is clear shortfall in the number of food science and food technology professionals. Taking cognizance of incremental need of managers and early career professionals, new focus on food science and technology research in public system, need for professionals for regulatory management, outreach etc, NIFTEM will try to fill the demand supply gap.

NIFTEM will be the first national research centre in food science and food technology that will provide experiential learning with strong industry linkages.

It is estimated that NIFTEM will produce approximately 1000 students and entrepreneurs, incubate about 250 businesses, undertake 300 research projects, 550 short term courses and 450 projects related to food standards setting and testing and will have about 12000 annual subscriptions for its journals by 2015. In addition, industry will benefit through Continuing Education initiatives, access to patents that are generated within NIFTEM, and market intelligence provided by NIFTEM. The institute will be generating over 100 patents cumulatively over next five years benefiting small and medium scale food industry and food processing clusters in rural India.

In order to cater to the needs of the food industry (large scale, medium, small & micro scale enterprises) NIFTEM is in the process of setting up five Pilot Plants within its campus covering the following sectors.
  • Fruits and vegetable products.
  • Meat and poultry products.
  • Milk and dairy products.
  • Cereal, grain and bakery products.
  • Ready to eat Indian traditional food products.

The Pilot Plants will serve as incubation centres for the existing food industries as well as the new entrepreneurs to incubate their ideas and also to facilitate in providing ‘Hands on Training’ to students, progressive farmers as well as the potential entrepreneurs.  The efforts would be towards developing new technologies and ultimately to commercialise them. 

In this regard a global tender was floated for appointment of a Project Management Agency for designing, furnishing and procurement of equipments on a turn-key basis from concept to commissioning.  In response, two bids were received and the technical presentations were conducted.  Since out of the two bidders, only one bidder was present and gave the presentation, the tender had to be cancelled and re-tendering has been done.

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NIFTEM is making an effort to seamlessly blend various facets of the food industry from production to retail, to ensure that all those involved in these activities reap the maximum possible benefits. It envisages being a focal point for catalyzing the growth of food processing industries. The Institute is offering B. Tech., M. Tech. and Ph. D. degree programmes in Food Technology and Management and at the same time taking up initiatives for research and extension activities. For designing the curriculum of the proposed B. Tech. and M. Tech. courses, a Task Force of subject experts was constituted. They prepared a detailed syllabus which was sent for an extensive review to about 250 distinguished professionals in the area of food science and technology both at the national as well as the international level. The results of the same have now been compiled and inducted as per the suggestions and comments proposed by the reviewers from the food processing industry, as well the academic institutes. A unique flavour of the curriculum is the blend of technology and management which is reflected in the undergraduate and post graduate programmes of NIFTEM.

B. Tech. Programme:
At undergraduate level NIFTEM offers B. Tech. degree programme in Food Technology and Management. This programme is unique in India and blends the basic essence of Food Science, Engineering and Management, meeting the needs of the food sector. The duration of the course is four years divided into two semesters per year.

M. Tech. Programmes:
Five M. Tech. programmes are being offered for the academic year 2013-14.  These programmes provide freedom to choose a broad area of specialisation through programme specific thematic areas and electives offered within the programmes. Following are the five M. Tech. programmes being offered during 2012-13.

  • M. Tech. (Food Supply Chain Management) - offered by Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • M. Tech. (Food Safety and Quality Management) - offered by Department of Basic and Applied Science.
  • M. Tech. (Food Process Engineering and Management) - offered by Department of Engineering.
  • M. Tech. (Food Plant Operations Management) - offered by Department of Food Business Management & Entrepreneurship Development
  • M. Tech. (Food Technology and Management) - offered by Department of Food Science and Technology.
Ph.D. programme:NIFTEM has launched Ph.D. Programme in each of the above Five Departments with an in take of two students in each Department with the provisions of Reservation as per GOI rules. Ph.D. regulations have been prepared and uploaded on the website of NIFTEM.

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