IIP–Hyderabad celebrates its 8th Annual Day as ‘Packaging Day’

he Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) – Hyderabad celebrated its 8th Annual Day here at its premises at Sanathnagar by observing ‘Packaging Day’ today i.e. on 24th March in Hyderabad. The celebration was graced by AVPS Chakravarthi, Chairman of IIP Hyderabad Center, Prof N C Saha, Director of the Indian Institute of Packaging, Mr. Madhab Chakraborty, Joint Director and Head of IIP Hyderabad among others.

Speaking on the occasion Prof. NC Saha, Diector said Packaging was not so well known several years back. Now things have changed. The awareness was missing among the consumers. Now things have changed. The retail concept has enabled a big boom in the Indian packaging industry, he said and added that IIP, the National apex body was set up in 1966 by the packaging and allied industries and the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India with the specific objective of improving the packaging standard in the country. In this last 48 years it has expanded to Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai. It has set up a regional center in Hyderabad eight years ago.

The 7th Center is coming up at Guwahati. The Central Government has already sanctioned Rs 5crore for the construction of a Regional Center in Guwahati he said. And three more centers are in pipeline one each at Indore in Madhyapradesh, Gurgaon and Gujarath, he said. The ministry of commerce has sanctioned the Indian Institute of Packaging a sum of Rs 70 crore. The total project outlay of these infrastructure development is Rs 250core said prof Saha. With this amount being sanctioned, it has taken up construction of six tower in its Mumbai office for academics, hostel and lab facilities, he informed. Our Mumbai has 11 acres land. The first tower construction is already started and will be ready by 2016, he informed

Similarly, we will take up Audio Hall for Conference Purposes at the exisiting building in Sanathnagar in Hyderabad at a cost of Rs 2crore he said. IIP is the only Packing institute in the entire world to have such a huge infrastructure in place, he informed.

We work on the PPP model. We have grown so big thanks to four pillars—Governing Body, Employees, Students and Alumni he said. We have started PG DiplomaTraining Programmes in Packahing 31 years ago. These courses are also started at Hyderabad couple of years back has received overwhelming response he said. India is the sixth largest packaging market worldwide. The Indian packaging industry is expected to grow at 12.3% CAGR during the next 4-5years to become the fourth largest global market with sales of USD 42.7 billion, Prof. Saha informed.

Giving his presidential address Mr. AVPS Chakravarthi, Chairman of IIP Hyderabad Center said people used to get into Packaging by default, when they couldn’t get through into any other programmes. Now things have changed. People are coming to learn by their choice. Packing Training Programmes are preferred by many on par with other best streams/disciplines. He also said that more and more women are getting into Packaging. The Hyderabad Center had steady women participants from 1 in first batch to nearly 8 in second batch and now over 10 in third batch, he said.

To mark the day, a Poster competition and exhibition by the students of current batch of PGDP (PG Diploma in Packaging) was held informed Mr. Madhab Chakraborty. IIP-Hyderabad was inaugurated on 24th March, 2006 and was setup for the promotion of export of fresh produce and also processed food products by way of innovative package design and development, he informed.

In addition, technical sessions by the members of IIP Alumni Association, Hyderabad Chapter were also held for the benefit of students. The celebration of the Packaging Day to mark the Annual Day of IIP-Hyderabad centre was organized by the Institute in association with IIP Alumni, Hyderabad chapter. About 50 alumni members who are employed in the various leading companies also attend the programme.

Several faculty, Alumni members, students and others took part in the Cake cutting ceremony to celebrate the occasion.

Ms. Dolan Bhattacharya from Tech Mahindra gave a technical presentation on “Personal Care Products Packaging update” while Mr. Tarique Shahidi from Aurobindo Pharma Limited spoke on “Food Packaging Labelling update”. Mr. Shekas Das gave presentation on “Packaging of Pharmaceutical Products”.

The Hyderabad center of IIP took an initiative to celebrate the Annual Day on 24th March every year and to designate the annual day as Packaging Day. In fact, this has encouraged other centers of the Institute also to organize as Packaging Day on the inaugural day of the respective centers too.

Packaging industry in India is one of the fast growing industries and has its influence on all industries directly or indirectly. The annual turnover of the world packaging industry is about USD 550 billion where Indian share is about USD 24.6 billion. Indian packaging industry is growing at the rate of 15%, which is almost three times more than the growth rate of world packaging industry. The Indian packaging industry has great potential for growth and offers a lot of career opportunities.

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