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PACKAGING

IIP inaugurates academic block, IPC, students’ hostel on Mumbai campus
Friday, 05 October, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) held the inauguration ceremony of its newly-constructed academic block, International Packaging Centre (IPC) and students’ hostel within its campus in Andheri, Mumbai, recently. The new premises will enhance the capabilities of the institute to boost packaging education and research at par with international standards.

IIP is an autonomous body and working under the aegis of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. It is headquartered and has its principal laboratories in Mumbai, and has branches in Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Hyderabad. In addition, three more branches are slated to open in Bengaluru, Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, and Guwahati.

In addition to the inaugural function, the annual convocation programme for the 32nd batch of the post-graduate diploma programme in packaging and the 22nd batch of the diploma programme in packaging was also held.

Suresh Prabhu, minister for commerce and industry and civil aviation, Government of India, inaugurated the newly-constructed buildings in the presence of C R Chaudhary, minister of state for commerce and industry, food and public distribution, Government of India. Other eminent personalities present included Sonia Sethi, additional director general, foreign trade, ministry of commerce and industry, who was special guest.  

The size of the global packaging industry is about $825 billion, whereas the Indian packaging industry will be $24.6 billion by the end of 2018. The annual growth rate of global packaging industry is about 5-6 per cent, whereas the Indian packaging industry is growing at the rate of 11-13 per cent per annum. Considering the great demand for packaging professionals in the packaging converting and packaging user industry, the governing body of the institute decided to commence B Tech, M Tech and Ph D programmes in packaging technology and management.

It is expected that with the commencement of B Tech, M Tech and Ph D programmes in packaging technology and management, the country would be able to create a hub of packaging professionals to meet the demand of packaging industry. In addition, packaging research leading to the Ph D programme would be able to upgrade the packaging research by way of developing innovative, alternative, eco-friendly packaging materials to meet the compliance of environmental regulation and also for the overall growth and development of the Indian packaging industry.
The functions were followed by Packfest 2018, an initiative by IIP started in the year 2010 to celebrate packaging technology in the country. The students of PGDP from different campuses organised the three-day packaging festival on the main campus of the institute. During this festival, students displayed models made from packaging solid waste and also participated in various competitions like poster presentation, debate competition, group discussion in packaging, etc.

Speaking at the function, Prabhu said, “Let me congratulate the students who have received an award today. I am very happy that many of you have chosen this career. Packaging has become the most important driving force for the marketing of a product. It has become the driver of the future growth.”

Speaking about the functions, N C Saha, director, IIP, said, “We are excited about the new building that will house our B Tech, M Tech and Ph D programmes. These new buildings are a great addition to our infrastructure and we hope to have more state-of-the-art facilities for our students. The convocation and Packfest programmes were also a great occasion for all the students and staff to come together.”

The main objective of the institute is to promote the export market by way of innovative package design, development and also to upgrade the overall standards of packaging at the national level. Packaging education is indispensable for any business and technical knowledge is required for all the major players involved.

The course curriculum at IIP has recently undergone a review under the guidance of education committee of the governing body of the institute by including few important subjects like package design, eco-packaging, etc.

Most importantly, the course is well recognised by the packaging converting industry and multi-national corporations (MNCs) are known to participate in the campus placement regularly. Till date, over 5,000 students have qualified from the institute and are well absorbed at senior positions in leading fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies in India and overseas.
 
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