IIP Mumbai to offer degree courses in packaging

Dr EM Sudarsana Natchiappan unviels the foundation stone of new educational complex and International Packaging centre.Under the administrative control of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of India, Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) is all set to offer courses of a 4-year B.Tech, followed by an M.Tech, a research programme and Ph.D. “I must congratulate IIP for this landmark step in the field of packaging education for the establishment of a new academic complex towards the introduction of degree courses i.e. B.Tech and M.Tech in Packaging Technology and Management,” said Dr EM Sudarsana Natchiappan, hon’ble minister of state for commerce & industry, Government of India at the foundation stone laying ceremony. “I was also told that the Ministry of Commerce has given “in principle” approval to the Institute for obtaining the recognition as deemed university so that the institute would be in a position to award the degree to the students," he added.

Prof NC Saha, director IIP said, “IIP has been conducting the PG Diploma programme in packaging for the last 29 years. Having more than 20,000 alumni across, we offer courses that include two years, weekend programmes, short-term, and distance education programmes. However, our students end up working in the end-user industry. There are about 22,000 companies who need packaging professionals. The packaging education hence needs to be more engineering oriented. The B.Tech programme will help in that regard greatly.”

Natchiappan added that India needs to go back to its own rich and ancient practices of packaging- “If you look at packaging design in rural India, it’s very compelling as everything is natural. India can become a technology transfer driven country by rejuvenating the use of agricultural by-products for packaging. India has the potential to be a world leader in packaging and innovation going forward,” he said.

In the world scenario, the total turnover of packaging industry is about USD 550 billion. The annual growth rate of this sector is about 15 percent. As per the Mckinsey report, there will be ten times increase of middle class population by 2025 in India which will further triggered the consumption of packaging material and thus, the packaging industry will grow further.

The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) is an apex body of the packaging industries in India. IIP is ceaselessly working since 1966 with the active support of packaging and allied industries and Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. IIP has close linkages with the World Packaging Organization (WPO), Asian Packaging Federation (APF) and the institute regularly conducts training programmes on packaging in association with WPO and APF in India as well as abroad. The director of IIP, Dr NC Saha has also taken over as the secretary general of the APF as of January 2013.

Group Publications