At NDRI, dairy experts call for setting up incubation centres

March 17, 2019

Tribune News Service

Karnal: Dairy experts from various dairy industries in the world on Sunday emphasised increasing the percentage of milk being processed. On the valedictory function of the three-day Global Alumni-cum-Scientific Summit at the NDRI, the experts, who are alumni of the NDRI and have excelled in their field, pointed out that at present, the dairy processing sector in India was growing at the rate of 15 per cent, but it should be increased to the 50 per cent of the total production.

They also pointed out that the dairy sector provided many other career opportunities, such as analytical testing services, feed and fodder management, dairy equipment manufacturing, dairy packaging, new product development, and cold chain management.

The alumni of the institute emphasised that the curriculum for dairy technology should be revisited and more courses related to management, intellectual property rights, financial management and quality certifications should be introduced to prepare students for entrepreneurship. They even stressed opening of technology business incubation centres to attract entrepreneurs.

Dr RRB Singh, Director, NDRI, said it was laudable that the alumni association of the NDRI was constantly supporting the institute in its efforts to maintain its pre-eminent position among dairy science education institutions of the world.

Dr ML Madan, former Vice Chancellor (VC), DUVASU, Mathura; Dr SL Goswami, former VC, BUAT, Banda; Dr GS Rajorhia, president, Indian Dairy Association; and Dr GR Patil, former joint director (academic), NDRI; among others were present.

Poster-making contest 

A poster-making competition was also organised on four major themes of the dairy sector — animal production and heat, product and process development, food quality and safety, biotechnological approaches for improving quality and productivity. The first prize was awarded in each category to postgraduate students Tarunpreet Kaur, Harisha Bodemala, Soniya Ranveer and Deepti Mittal, respectively.

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