Annual Convocation and inauguration of International Packaging Centre

Excerpt: The main objective of the Indian Institute of Packaging is to promote the export market by innovative package design, development and to upgrade the overall standards of packaging at national level.

PACKAGING is for better living. Steve Jobs said, 'Packaging can be theatre, it can create story.' Apple pays as much attention to packaging as it does for its products.

The main objective of the Indian Institute of Packaging is to promote the export market by innovative package design, development and to upgrade the overall standards of packaging at national level. Packaging education is indispensable for any business and technical knowledge is required for all the major players involved. The institute is an autonomous body and working under the aegis of Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India. It has branches in Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Hyderabad with headquarters and principal laboratories in Mumbai. In addition, three more branches are to be opened in Bangalore, Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh) and Guwahati. Building infrastructure for education and creating professionals, Indian Institute of Packaging, a premier institution with 52 years in service of the packaging industry organised inauguration of Academic Block, International Packaging Centre, New Students' Hostel and Annual Convocation of 32nd batch of post graduate diploma in packaging and 22nd batch of diploma in packaging on 29th September 2018 at Mumbai. Faculty, graduating students, parents, invitees and media were present. Industry sponsors for Students Merit Awards for Post Graduate Diploma in Packaging (PGDP) and Distance Education Program (DEP).

Mr.Subodh Gupta, Chairman declared open the convocation and later its dissolution that was followed by the National Anthem. The function PackFest (Design, Innovate, Sustain) followed to expose the students to multidimensional activities for their overall development. Students displayed models made from packaging solid waste and participated in various competitions like poster presentation, debate and group discussion in packaging.

Materials like plastics, metals, wood, paper etc were used for conversion into packaging, the 'mute salesman' of a product that draws attention, informs and educates the consumer aesthetically. Products reach consumers with proper packing and presentation aspects increase sales by creating brand image that the buyer instantly recognises. Packaging science plays a role in the economic growth of the country. Packaging education has become 'need of the hour' to upgrade standards besides package design, eco-packaging etc. It has importance in every activity from conceptual step, planning, production, quality control, purchase, sales, marketing and recycling process. Packaging industry, a subset of the manufacturing business needs innovative packaging solutions for optimising its performance and costs. The size of the global packaging industry is about $825 billion. With commendable growth by achieving annual turnover of $24.6 Bn, Indian packaging industry is growing @ 15% per annum as compared to global growth rate of 5%.

Prof Dr.N.C.Saha, Director welcomed and presented a report of educational program. He said that the new building will house B.Tech, M.Tech and PhD programs and a great addition to their infrastructure besides providing state-of-the-art facilities for the students. Professionals with training and knowledge in packaging are accepted by the packaging converting and user industries. More than 5000 students have qualified from the Institute and are well absorbed at senior positions in leading FMCG companies in India and abroad.

Mr Suresh Prabhu, Hon'ble Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Government of India, chief guest delivering the Convocation Address, congratulated the recipients of Medals (Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze); Awards and Certificates and released the educational souvenir. Packaging has become the most important driving force behind economy, marketing and growth. Citing food products, he said that many products, if not packaged properly, cannot even be used, especially while selling to foreign markets and hence packaging assumes relevance. The students are the future of our society and education equips them with the power to bring about a positive change. He expressed happiness at the total placements of the Institute. Packaging professionals must focus on using the right kind and optimum quantity of material for packaging from economic and environmental perspectives besides cost, utility and life cycle. He advocated that there must be regular interaction among government, industry and academia, which will ensure that academic projects and studies deal with problems faced in the world. More the interaction, more successful they will become.

Dr.S.K.Bansal, Special Guest, Director General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry said that packing material and finished products have been imported into this country and that is the challenge for the human resource of the sector to develop, innovate and make use of natural resources and vision in designing technology and process. He hoped that they will rise to the occasion with the sort of education and knowledge imparted by the institution.

Mr C.R.Chaudhary, Guest of Honour, Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry, Government of India, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution wished the recipients of degree, diploma and certificate from the renowned institution. He emphasised on Zero Defect in manufacturing and Zero Effect on environment. Therefore, processing and packaging assumes significance for challenges faced in this sector besides value addition. Competition, quality, research and development, innovation of product and packaging system, machinery are the other aspects. Address the issues of productivity, export, employment and entrepreneurship. Developing innovative, alternative, eco-friendly packaging materials meet the compliance of environmental regulation and for the overall growth and development of Indian packaging industry.

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