The memorandum of understanding between both institutions covers food processing and comes under the purview of Skill India programme
According to a recent survey on skill demand in food processing industry, it has been observed that the skills of the available trained manpower are grossly inadequate to meet the growth and challenges. Experts are of the opinion that this gap needs to be bridged by finding the right balance between applied research, capacity building, training and Institutional networking.
Taking a positive step towards this direction, the CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) has agreed to support the academic programmes of JSS College of Arts, Commerce and Science, Mysuru, in the area of food processing. Both the Institutions entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for strengthening the BVoc and MVoc programmes of the JSS College supported by Ministry of Human Resource Development in the area of food processing.
With the signing of MoU, CSIR-CFTRI will organise customised courses in the advanced areas of food research for supporting the BVoc and MVoc programmes of JSS College at a subsidised course fee besides providing knowledge-based support to the academic programmes. Scientists of the Institute will get associated with these programmes as members of the academic bodies, a press release from CFTRI stated.
CSIR-CFTRI has been collaborating with Government of Karnataka for establishing a Nutra-phyto Incubation Centre and Common Instrumentation facility (NPIC-CIF) for promoting the nutraceutical industry in the country. Also MoUs are operational with World Food Programme (WFP), New Delhi for a multi-faceted collaboration to address hunger and malnutrition through government-based social safety nets and with Government of Kerala for supporting the food safety initiatives of the state.
Partnerships with other academic entities include: University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences (UAHS), Shivamogga, for supporting research and pre-harvest studies; Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Mysuru chapter, for helping the local food industry; The American College, Madurai, for academic cooperation; JSS Medical College (Mysore), Mysore Medical College (Mysore), Manipal University, AIMS (Adichunchangiri), for conducting an Integrated MSc and PhD Course in Molecular Nutrition at CSIR-CFTRI; Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT), Thanjavur for collaborating on advanced R&D problems; and Jawaharlal Nehru Technical University (JNTU), Kakinada for conducting a study on food processing industry.
CFTRI Director Prof Ram Rajasekharan said that this effort would contribute towards generating quality manpower and skill sets for the food processing sector and thereby the industry will get immensely benefited in the long run.