12Bengaluru, March 15, 2013: Honourable Union Cabinet Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textiles, Shri ANAND SHARMA today laid the foundation stone of Indian Institute of Packaging at Sompura Industrial Area, Dobaspet, Neelamangala. The Special Guest at the occasion was SHRI. MURUGESH R. NIRANI, Hon’ble Minister for Large & Medium Industries, Government of Karnataka.

The Indian Institute of Packaging is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Anand Sharma said, “Ever since FDI in retail was approved, we have received 63 applications from single and multi-brand retailers from around the world. In their basket of offerings, 60% will be consumer and perishable food items which need international class packaging. These packaging should also be eco-friendly, bio-degradable or reusable and cost effective. IIP, and all its branches will turn out to be a model global institute in research and training besides helping us keep pace with a growing economy.”

“Packaging today contributed 5.3% of GDP,” he further added, “and this industry vertical is growing at 15%, the second fastest in world. We expect it to double to 30% within a decade. Our research in secondary and tertiary packaging is even recognized by European Union, and we reached the milestone much ahead of them, thanks to work happening at professional institutes like IIP, IIT and NID.

IIP currently has centres in Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Bengaluru will be their 6th centre. Prof N C Saha, Director Indian Institute of Packaging was eager to bring a whole new offering to the students of Bengaluru.

The Indian Institute of Packaging currently offers:-

1.   2 year PG diploma in packaging

2.   18 months distance education in packaging

3.   3 months IRC (intensive training course) in packaging.

4.   Also offers short term residential courses available as Govt. facilitated exchange programs with Africa Sri Lanka etc.

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