World class food institute to come up by 2009

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New Delhi, Jan 9 (UNI) The National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM), and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University (CALS) will collaborate in the food processing sector.

Hyderabad-based Cornell-Sathguru Foundation will provide guidance and knowledge linkages to NIFTEM through its 'NIFTEM support offices' both at Cornell, the US and in India.

The Foundation, which focuses on the development of agriculture and food chain India through public-private participation is to foster education and joint research and will also provide basic and strategic guidance for the design facilities to carry out food science research, conducting education programmes in the areas of food science and above all creating enterprise development.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two was signed by Mr Goutam Sanyal, Director, NIFTEM and OSD, NIFTEM Mr S S Chahal and Dr W Ronnie Coffman, Director, International Programmes, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, the US and Mr K Vijayaraghavan, Vice Chairman, Cornell-Sathguru Foundation.

The agreement is meant for promotion of areas of human resource development, applied research and industry-oriented innovation in the food processing sector.

It will also provide guidance for NIFTEM faculty in design and developing comprehensive contemporary course modules, relevant to food and allied industries. It will also facilitate deputation of faculty members in key disciplines.

The NIFTEM would be developed as a world class Institute. It is being set up by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries on 100 acres of land at Kundli, Sonepat (Haryana) at a cost of Rs 245 crore.

The Institute is to cater to the needs of booming Food Processing sector and various stake holders including entrepreneurs, industrialists, exporters, policy makers, government agencies and other research institutions.

The MoFPI aims to develop NIFTEM into a world class Institute which will also develop priority areas of research and development in various areas of food science.

The Cornell-Sathguru Foundation is to develop Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Policy and development of a strategic plan for technology transfer and enterprise development.

The Foundation will back up NIFTEM in training needs for continuing education and n will provide support to NIFTEM for designing food enterprise incubator center and also design under-graduate and graduate courses in areas of food science.

The construction work of NIFTEM is to be carried out by the Public Sector Undertaking National Building Construction Company Ltd. (NBCC). It will be completed by March next year and its academic session is likely to start in July next year.

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