New Delhi, Aug 31 (IANS) The central government is planning to set up a first of its kind food technology institute in Haryana with an investment of Rs.2.45 billion, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmusi said here Thursday.
The decision to set up the institute to undertake research in frontier areas of relevance to the industry was taken by the cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA).
'The National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) at Kundli in Haryana will be the first of its kind institute in the country,' Dasmunsi told media after the CCEA meeting.
To be set up as a non-profit company, it would undertake research and training, fix standards and protocols for testing, provide short term courses including degree, management course leading to PhDs and assist government in policy formulation, the minister added.
'NIFTEM activities shall initially start from the current year and the institute will be fully operational from 2010-11,' he said.
The institute will function as a knowledge centre in food processing with emphasis on inter-disciplinary research, developing new products and processes, incubating innovative ideas, provide a forum for intense interaction among industry, government, consumers and experts on the emerging contours of the food processing industry.
It would also have theme centres in sector specific areas like fruits and vegetables, cereal based and protein based foods, international trade and food safety.