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NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF FOOD TECHNOLOGY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND MANAGEMENT BILL, 2021

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF FOOD TECHNOLOGY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND MANAGEMENT BILL, 2021

Context

On 26th July 2021 the National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021 was passed in the Lok Sabha.

About the Bill:

  • This bill was moved by Pashupati Kumar Paras, the Food Processing and Industries Minister.
  • This bill got introduced and passed in a time of just 8 minutes, making it a record.

Significance of the Bill:

  • This bill seeks to declare the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management located at Kundli and the Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology located at Thanjavur as institutions of national importance.
  • These institutes will now have greater autonomy to initiate new and innovative courses. It will also assist them to attract excellent faculty and students.
  • Good standards will also be embraced in academic and research work.
  • The institutes will have curricular provisions related to the food processing areas such as, cold chain technology, food bionanotechnology which can further help in fulfilling the technological gap.
  • They can now also open new centers anywhere in India and abroad.
  • Additionally, giving them the status of INI will also make way for the creation of skilled manpower.
  • All the efforts will be made to upgrade the Infrastructure, Human Resources and lab facilities at par with IIMs and IITs.
  • According to the Vice-Chancellor of (NIFTEM), students can also be trained internationally in Food Science and Technology, being the only stand-alone university.

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