IPC and Academic Block of Indian Institute of Packaging – Mumbai inaugurated
The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) held the inauguration ceremony of the newly-constructed Academic Block, International Packaging Center (IPC) and Students’ Hostel within its premises in Andheri, Mumbai recently. The newly constructed premises at the main campus of the institute at Mumbai will enhance the capabilities of the institute to boost packaging education and research at par with international standard.
Indian Institute of Packaging is an autonomous body and working under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.
In addition to the inaugural function, the annual convocation programme for the 32nd Batch of Post Graduate Diploma in Packaging and 22nd batch of Diploma programme in packaging was also held on the same day.
Suresh Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Commerce and Industry, Civil Aviation, Government of India inaugurated the newly constructed buildings in the presence of C. R. Chaudhary, Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Food and Public Distribution, Govt of India. The other eminent personalities included Dr. Sonia Sethi, IAS, Additional Director General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry who was also present as 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 percent whereas the Indian packaging industry is growing at the rate of 11-13 percent 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 programme 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 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 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.
Speaking about the functions, Dr NC Saha, Director, Director – IIP said, “We are excited about the new building that will house our B.Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D programmes.”