Parliament has passed the National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021. The Bill was unanimously passed by the Loksabha today, which was earlier cleared by the Rajya Sabha on 15th March this year.
Reporting to the media after the bill was passed in parliament, Union Food Processing Industries Minister Shri Pashupati Kumar Paras said it was a historic day, because with the approval of this bill, our two educational institutes, the National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Food Technology Management (NIFTEM) Kundali (Haryana) and the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) Thanjabur (Tamil Nadu) under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries have become Institutions of National Importance (INI).
The Minister indicated that these institutes will have a curriculum provision related to the fields of food processing, supply chain technology, food biotechnology that can help bridge the technology gap. He said, now they can open new centers anywhere in the country and abroad. At the same time, granting them the status of Institute of National Importance (INI) will also pave the way for the creation of a skilled workforce.
The Institute of National Importance (INI) is a recognition given by the central government to prominent institutes in the country.
The Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology (IIFPT) is a pioneering research and development and educational institution under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries of the Government of India. It started as an R&D laboratory in the modern rice mill complex of the Thanjavur Cooperative Marketing Federation (TCMF) in Tiruvarur. Its objective is to serve as a national institution for research, education and training in the field of post-harvest treatment of crops in wetlands and regions prone to storms.
Some of the benefits that INIs enjoy are listed below:
- Functional autonomy to improve efficiency, quality and accountability.
- More funding.
- Have better quality education and better research facilities.
- Faster decision-making skills.
- Minimal interference from the political executive.
- Such institutions could offer more scholarships to students.
- They can also offer more sports equipment, seminars, etc.
The National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Food Technology Management (NIFTEM) is a public university, located in the district of Sonepat in Haryana, for research, education and attention to the needs of agrifood industries, entrepreneurs, exporters, legislators and government. The University offers undergraduate and graduate courses in engineering and research in food technology and management.