The Indian Institute of Packaging is an autonomous body in the field of packaging technology which was set up on 14th May, 1966 as a society under society registration act, 1860 by the leading packaging and allied industries and the Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India. The main objective of this Institute is to promote the export market by way of innovative package design and development and also to upgrade the packaging standards at National Level. The head office of the Institute is situated at Mumbai and its branches are located at Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad. Recently, the Govt. of Karnataka has offered a land of 4 acres to the Institute on free of cost for the setting up a new center at Bangalore. The Governing body of the Institute has got 33 members comprising of 21 members from the industries representing to all sectors of packaging materials, packaging machineries and user industries and the balance 12 members are nominated by the different Ministries and Commodity boards of Govt. of India. The Director is the Principal Executive Officer of the Institute who is the overall in-charge of the organization. The main functions of the Institute are Education in packaging and Research & Development in the field of packaging. The Institute and its branches have been conducting a full time two years Post Graduate Diploma Programme in packaging technology. About 180 students have taken admission into two years PGDP programme. As on date, more than 2200 students have successfully completed this programme and all of them are working in the leading FMCG companies in India and abroad. The Institute has got Research Laboratory at the head office Mumbai and other branches for undertaking the applied research on packaging of specific food products to enhance the shelf life and also to evaluate the characteristics of various packaging materials for their performance properties. Besides, the laboratories are also engaged for more than 360 types of quality testing of packaging materials and packages. In the recent days, the governing body of the Institute has taken a strategic initiative for the upgradation of existing infrastructural facilities at head office Mumbai and other branches in order to enhance the image of the organization. The Institute has also taken great initiative for organizing series of National workshops on food packaging in association with Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Govt. of India across the country in order to increase the awareness of packaging for fresh and processed food products. The Institute has also initiated to organize the international training programme on packaging for overseas students with the financial assistance of World Packaging Organization (WPO), Asian Packaging Federation (APF). A special initiative is also taken to organize Residential Training Programme for the African citizens under Indo-Africa Forum Summit with the financial assistance of Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Food Processing Industry, Govt. of India. The Institute has prepared a perspective plan for the next years upto 2024 based on the advice of Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India. As per the perspective plan, the Institute will emphasize the activities in three areas i.e., export promotion through innovative package design and development, enhancement of packaging education and the packaging research for the development of alternative packaging materials and also to conduct shelf life of food products for the domestic and export market. Based on these activities, the Institute has also proposed to get the recognition as the INSTITUTE OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE under the act of parliament and also by the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India.
MAJOR EVENTS :
i. Inauguration of Packaging Laboratory & New Academic Block at IIP Delhi. Dr. E.M.Sudarshana Natchiappan, the former Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India was present as Chief Guest and also to inaugurate the food packaging laboratory.
ii. Dr. N.C.Saha, Director, Indian Institute of Packaging had a meeting with the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Sh. Tarun Gogoi at his office, Guwahati, Assam to appraise about the need for setting up an exclusive center of the Institute at Guwahati, Assam under the 12th Five Year Plan. The Hon’ble Chief Minister has visited the Institute and had a discussion with the students of PGDP programme.
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