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EDUCATION

FSSAI to engage with educational institutions through Triple E strategy
Saturday, 11 August, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
FSSAI, the country’s apex food regulator, agreed to adopt the Triple E strategy - which stands for Engage, Excite, Enable - for effective engagement with higher educational institutions (HEIs) on food safety and applied nutrition during a discussion with the vice-chancellors of various private universities, academicians, the industry and industry associations. This comprehensive engagement framework was another important initiative to contextualise and update the food safety ecosystem in India and build the capacities of the food professionals of the future.

The participants included the joint secretary, ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI); the deputy director general, ministry of human resource development (MHRD); the president and secretary general, Association of Indian Universities (AIU), and representatives from the University Grants Commission (UGC), the National Institute of Food Technology and Entrepreneurship Management (NIFTEM); the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT); the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC) India.

The highlight of the discussion was the need to ensure that employable skills (i e skill-sets aligned with the requirements of the food industry) are delivered by HEIs. Measures to co-develop and implement an updated curriculum that reflects the shift in thinking from merely preventing adulteration to a more holistic concept of ensuring safe and wholesome food were discussed.

The framework adopts a comprehensive approach through mainstreaming relevant content in the course curriculum, enhancing practical learning through internships and fellowships, promoting interactive learning through opportunities for students to participate in socially-relevant projects related to food safety and nutrition, advocating merit scholarships for deserving students, along with a programme for faculty training and development.

To kick start the programme, the annual international quiz contest on food safety conducted by CII-Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan (SKA) with participation from over 160 colleges, both at the national and international level, will be used as a platform to sensitise participants about the food regulator’s initiative. The framework will be introduced to relevant stakeholders on August 13,2018 - the day of inauguration of the quiz contest, which will showcase the scope of collaboration between FSSAI and HEIs.

FICCI has also committed to showcasing the proposed framework in its annual Higher Education Summit. FSSAI will explore opportunities for collaboration with MHRD and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports for the further dissemination of information.

Through this initiative, FSSAI believes that it will be able to create a future-ready skilled workforce for the sunrise food industry in India.
 
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