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Annual Report 2010-2011
Institutional Trade Facilitation

I. Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), Mumbai


The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), Mumbai was set up in 1966 by the packaging fraternity in association with the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. The primary objective of the Institute is to stimulate consciousness of good packaging; undertake and promote R&D in packaging technology and package design, provide short-term and long-term educational and training programme in packaging technology. IIP also organizes seminars and conferences in collaboration with different Ministries/Departments of the Government, and industry associations. The Institute has its regional branches at Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad.

Accomplishments

During 2010-11, the Institute, under its R&D activities, undertook and completed some of the major projects including packaging of agrochemicals, packaging of construction chemicals, packaging of glass bottles containing Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), packaging of perfumery products, packaging of insoluble sulphur, packaging of intravenous fluid, packaging of electronic circuits, etc.

The Institute is also undertaking a project enhancing the shelf life of spices and other processed food products by ozone gas technology, packaging of coconut water in rural market, and development of disposable packages from inflorescent cover of arecanut tree etc. during January-March 2011.

Testing and Evaluation of Packaging Materials and Packages

 The packaging industry availed of the services of testing and evaluation of packaging materials and packages from the Institute. The Institute also undertook study of packages designed for export of dangerous goods by sea as well as by air. The UN certificates are issued to the exporters of dangerous goods after testing and evaluation of packages from all its branches and head office.

Accreditation

 The testing laboratories of the Institute at Mumbai are accredited to the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories as per ISO/IEC: 17025. The testing laboratories of the Institute are also accredited to Bureau of Indian Standards. All the testing laboratories of the Institute located at Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Hyderabad are also authorized by the Directorate General of Shipping and Directorate General of Civil Aviation, GOI, for testing the packages for carriage of dangerous goods.

The laboratories of the Institute are also recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Ministry of Science and Technology under the scheme of SIROs.
 
Training and Education

The Institute also imparts the training and education on packaging and conducts two-year Post Graduate Diploma in Packaging Technology (PGDP) and 18 months Distance Education Programme for working executives. Currently, the 26th batch comprising 42 and 40 students is undergoing the two-year PGDP course at Mumbai and Delhi respectively. The 16th batch of Distance Education Programme is joining in January 2011. The Post Graduate Diploma in Packaging is accredited by the World Packaging Organisation and Asian Packaging Federation. The Kolkata branch has also started two-year PGDP course with intake of 11 students from the academic session 2010-11.

The Institute has also been conducting three-month certificate course in packaging since 1968. The intensive training course is conducted at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, and Hyderabad.

The annual convocation was held on 29th October 2010. Certificates were awarded to 102 students from PGDP course and 97 students who passed PG Diploma.

The Institute also conducts training programme in packaging sponsored by International Organisations like the World Packaging Organisation and Asian Packaging Federation. The Institute conducted one such two-week residential training programmes on Packaging Principles, Materials and Systems in association with IoP, UK for the member countries of World Packaging Organisation during 8th-19th June 2010 at IIP, Mumbai. Fourteen participants from Latvia, Croatia, Turkey, Nigeria, Ghana, Sri Lanka, and India attended the programme. The programme also covered 3 days online training programee which was inaugurated by Keith Pearson, President, WPO.

The Institute also conducted such training programmes sponsored by Asian Packaging Federation for participants of Asian Packaging Federation countries during 19-29 October 2010. Participants from 6 Asian countries including China, Bangladesh, Thailand, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and India had participated.

The Institute is planning to conduct an international training programme on packaging of fresh and processed food products under the Indo-African Forum Summit during 1-15 February 2011. The programme will be inaugurated by Shri Subodh Kant Sahai, Hon’ble Minister for Food Processing Industry, Government of India.

The Institute is also planning to conduct a workshop on ‘Packaging of Processed Food’ at different places in India with the help of the Ministry of Food Processing Industry during January–March 2011 as per the schedule at Table 10.1.

 

Exhibition and Conference

The Institute organized the International Packaging Exhibition during 30th September-3rd October 2010 at Bombay Exhibition Centre covering an area of about 19,000 sq. mtrs. A total of 366 exhibitors, participated in the exhibition which was held concurrently with Food Tech, and Asia Coat and Ink Show. About 25 countries including Germany, France, Taiwan, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, Netherland, Turkey, UAE, UK and US participated. The Exhibition was visited by about 12000 trade visitors. The exhibition also included a recycling pavilion which became a special attraction for the exhibitors.
The Institute also conducted an international summit for packaging industry, with the theme “Packaging Innovation and Sustainability” on 1-2 October 2010 at Hotel Renaissance, Mumbai. 10 overseas speakers and 14 Indian speakers made presentations during the summit sponsored by 17 leading packaging firms with a delegation of about 660, including user industries and industries related to packaging materials, packaging machinery, packaging raw material, ancillary material, packaging services etc.

Indiastar Award 2010

In the Indiastar Award Ceremony held on 1st October 2010, 272 awards were distributed in addition to 12 pacmachine awards, which were handed over by the Secretary, Ministry of Food Processing Industry and the President, World Packaging Organisation.

II. Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) was set up by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India in 1964 with the objective of strengthening the country’s external trade sector through development of human resources; generating, analysing and disseminating trade data; conducting research and providing consultancy services. The Institute has been a pioneer in imparting training in foreign trade management in the country and in undertaking research and consultancy in various areas of international business. The Institute was accorded the status of Deemed University in May 2002 by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and was accredited in May 2005 as an “A” grade institution by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). A review of the Institute was undertaken by an Expert Committee of the UGC which visited the Institute during 29-30 January, 2010. After looking into the academic and physical infrastructure of the Institute, maintenance of standards with regard to availability of qualified faculty and the status of accreditation by NAAC, the Committee observed that the functioning of the Institute is more than satisfactory.

The Institute has emerged as a major centre of international business education by aligning its teaching, research and training capabilities with its core vision over the years and by constantly striving to create academic excellence through its four academic divisions, viz., Graduate Studies Division (GSD), Research Division (RD), Management Development Programmes (MDPs) Division and International Collaboration and Capacity Development (ICCD) Division. Each Division caters to competency development in a specific area and contributes to the overall growth of the Institute.
Details of the major activities carried out by the Institute during 2010-11 in the area of education, training, research and organization of seminars/workshops are given below:

Education

  1. Foundational Programmes
  2. Part-time Certificate Courses

Training

  1. Open Programmes
  2. IAS In-Service Training Programmes
  3. IES In-Service Training Programmes
  4. ITS In-Service Training Programme for 18 months
  5. Overseas Executive Development Programmes
  6. Sponsored Programmes
  7. Collaborative Programme
  8. Interactive Meet

Research studies completed during the year

  1. Study of Prospects of India’s Economic Cooperation with Jordan
  2. Export Prospects for Indian Agricultural Products – An Assessment of Issues
  3. Evaluation of Performance of Export Promotion Councils
  4. Implementation of India-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement: Issues and Concerns
  5. Export Potential for Value added Cashew Products in Russia and China
  6. Designing Gender Sensitive Foreign Trade Policy for India
  7. Declining Trend of Exports in Handicraft in India
  8. Exchange Rate Movement and India’s Exports of Textiles and Engineering Goods
  9. Preparation of National Citizen Satisfaction Index
  10. Evaluation of MAI
  11. Feasibility of Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between India and the East African Community (EAC)

International Collaboration and Capacity Development (ICCD)

In order to work in strategic areas of international collaborations and capacity development, a separate Division (ICCD) is functioning at IIFT. The following courses were conducted by the ICCD Division:

  1. Foundational Programmes (one through VSAT and one at Tanzania)
  2. Part-time Certificate Programme

IIFT has been successfully strengthening its relationship with national and international organizations. Under Student Exchange Programme, 29 Students underwent studies in various partnering B-Schools and 13 students from different universities and institutions across Europe came to IIFT for studies.

Eleven faculty members of IIFT attended National Seminars and fourteen faculty members presented papers and participated in International Conferences.

The Institute has signed two new MoUs of Academic Collaboration in 2010-11 with Ateno Graduate School of Business, Manila and Nyernode University, Amsterdam.

Library

The Library of IIFT is one of the largest of its kind (specializing in international business) in India. The WTO Resource Centre of the Library has rich collection of Books, Reports, Journals, video-cassettes, CD-ROMs and news items/articles on WTO and related issues.

Publications

During the year, the Institute continued the publication of its periodicals – Foreign Trade Review (quarterly), Focus WTO (bi-monthly).

Computer Centre

There is a well equipped Computer Centre at IIFT exclusively for the benefit of students & faculty and for training & research activities of the Institute. The computer centres for the students is open round-the-clock and have access to all IT facilities, including internet. The Institute has 8 mbps lease line to provide internet access to all the terminals. The network facilities have been extended to all parts of the campus through wired and wireless devices. The class rooms are equipped with LCD projectors and PCS for presentations.

IIFT Centre at Kolkata

The Kolkata Campus of the Institute, set up in 2006, is presently running from rented premises. The construction of IIFT’s own campus is likely to commence in January, 2011.

IIFT, Kolkata Centre has Computer Centre with a good number of PCs available for the students. All services including internet, email, database, etc. available at Delhi Campus are also provided at Kolkata through MPLS Link. Video Conference facilities are available between Delhi and Kolkata Campuses.

III. National Centre for Trade Information (NCTI)

The National Centre for Trade Information (NCTI) was incorporated on 31st March, 1995 as a Company under Section 25 of Companies Act, 1956. The Company started functioning w.e.f. March 1996. It has a Board of Directors for administration of its affairs, which includes representatives from the Department of Commerce, National Informatics Centre (NIC), Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), and Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence & Statistics (DGCI&S).

ITPO and NIC are co-promoters of the Company and have contributed a sum of Rs.4.00 crore (Rs.2.00 crore each) as Corpus Fund in the equity of the Company. The ITPO provides fully furnished office space and the NIC provides the software and hardware against their equity contribution in kind.

The Centre provides value added information in the field of electronic trading opportunities, live trade leads from World Trade Point Federation (WTPF), trade data analysis and organized export awareness seminars and updating/uploading information on its website. It has uploaded on its website 52 issues of Trade Point-India containing approximately 250 Trade Leads each week.

Studies undertaken

  • ASEAN FTA/PTA Work
  • GCC FTA/PTA
  • Indo-Chile FTA/PTA
  • Trade data analysis for WTO Division of DoC
  • India-MERCOSUR FTA/PTA
  • India-New Zealand FTA/PTA
  • Study under ‘Duty Free Tariff Preference (DFTP) Scheme
  • Trade Data Analysis of Agriculture Items For APEDA
  • Trade data support for AEPC.

Other major activities undertaken

  • Developed Module for Online Evaluation and monitoring of MAI & MDA Schemes for Department of Commerce
  • Designed and developed Focus Africa Portal
  • Set up a Computerized Trade Information Centre (CTIC) at Dharwad for Visvesvaraya Industrial Trade Centre, Bangalore
  • Operationalized and managed Trade and Investment Information Centre (TIIC) at Bhopal
  • Electronic Trading Opportunities (ETO) service to APEDA, NSIC and VITC, Bangalore
    Trade leads and trade data support to Govt. and private sector companies.

IV. Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI)

The major activities carried out by FDDI, are given as under:

Upgradation and expansion of FDDI, Fursatganj, Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh

The establishment of full-fledged campus of FDDI at Fursatganj, Rae Bareli was approved under 11th Five Year Plan (FYP).

The state-of-art campus has been established within a record time of 12 months to ensure international standards of training and high end support services to the Industry in the domain of Footwear & Leather Products Design Technology, Retail Management and Fashion Merchandising.

The campus has the capacity to train 1000 students through PG and UG level Programmes. FDDI, Rae Bareli campus is functional since 2008 with a total enrollment of more than 800 students.

The inauguration of the FDDI, Fursatganj, Rae Bareli was done by the Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Shri Rahul Gandhi alongwith the Hon’ble Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, Shri Anand Sharma.

The world class infrastructure and facilities created in the campus such as smart classrooms, workshops in each operational area of manufacturing equipped with modern state-of-art machineries & equipments, auditorium, open-air theatre, high tech IT lab, comprehensive library etc., alongwith fully furnished separate Girls & Boys Hostel portrays FDDI Fursatganj, Rae Bareli campus as an attractive destination for many of the aspirant youth of the region seeking lucrative career opportunity in the sector.

Extracurricular and sports activities such as technical mela, creative & design exhibition etc., are also being encouraged as a regular feature in the campus to create a conducive environment for the overall growth and personality development of the students of FDDI, Fursatganj, Rae Bareli.

The response of the industry and students has been highly encouraging for various programmes conducted at Fursatganj, Rae Bareli campus.

The institute has witnessed 100% placement of its first batch in leading corporates and MNCs like Reliance, Liberty, Lakhani, Pantaloon, Vishal Megamart, TATA International, Bata India etc. during campus placement

FDDI, Jodhpur

The establishment of a full-fledged campus of FDDI in Jodhpur, Rajasthan is proposed which will provide respite to the industry from the acute problem of trained manpower and professionals.

The proposed campus of FDDI in Jodhpur will enhance the growth prospects of the leather sub-sector in Rajasthan, which employs over 200,000 people that are presently constrained due to poor technology, lack of infrastructure and inappropriate linkages with markets.

The proposed campus will have a capacity of training around 1,000 students, with state of art machineries and world-class infrastructure smart class rooms, workshops with latest machines and equipment’s, high tech IT lab, library, hostels for boy’s & girl’s etc. The center is expected to have full-fledged training center along with facilities for promoting the footwear, leather products & retail sector. The campus in Jodhpur will have state of the art infrastructure & facilities.

Establishment and Upgradation of Workshops, Labs & Classrooms at FDDI, Noida

FDDI has enhanced its training capacity and introduced many innovative new programmes in the area of leather products design, technology, retail management & merchandising to provide high end trained professionals for each domain of business in the respective industries.

Keeping in view the enhanced capacity of the campus in various discipline and to ensure standardized training & services in each area of specialization various activates have been carried out such as construction/renovation and augmentation of class rooms & lecture halls with modern facilities and aids, construction & renovation of manufacturing workshops & visual merchandizing lab, establishment of PDC and Productivity lab, establishment of Electrical Sub-Station etc.

The expansion/modernization plan has almost been successfully completed and the faculties created are being used by the Industry, the faculty and the students for training, research and development.

Establishment of Information Technology Services Centre (ITSC) and In campus Hostel at FDDI, Noida

ITSC has been established with the procurement of computer systems, equipments and other related items, offering integration of technology & resource, support the learning teaching, providing research facilities for students, faculty and staff, with access to a wide variety of research tools, materials, and academic support services through the seamless integration of technologies.

The data centre has been established and high speed networking has been completed. The entire campus is Wi-Fi enabled. The ITSC established at Noida campus is functional with the capacity to accommodate 180 users at a time and is being used by the students and faculty for training and research purposes.

The books, journals and other training materials have been procured for creating a high end resource & library system in the campus.

The construction of in-campus girls hostel was completed with all the modern facilities such as common room, RO water system, in-campus mess and canteen, indoor and outdoor sports facilities etc., before the commencement of the semester.

Box: 10.1
New Initiatives
  • Formal inauguration of FDDI Fursatganj campus by Hon’ble Shri Rahul Gandhi, M.P and Hon’ble Shri Anand Sharma, C&IM in November 2010.
  • A new campus of FDDI to come up at Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
  • 8000 fresh & unemployed youths trained & employed.
  • 100% placement record.
  • Collaboration with IGNOU to provide M.Sc. & B.Sc. degrees from the academic session 2010-11.
  • FDDI develops ‘Anti Mine Boot’ & ‘Multipurpose Boot’.
  • Providing consultancy to Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and some African countries.
  • Collaboration with ARS Sutoria-Milan, Italy for offering world class design oriented programmes.
  • Commencement of ‘FMT programme’ exclusively for SC/ST women at FDDI’s Chennai Centre.

Establishment of FDDI, Chennai, Kolkata, Rohtak & Chhindwara

Considering the acute shortage of qualitative trained manpower as one of the major reasons causing abysmally low global share of Indian footwear, leather, leather product and retail industry, FDDI has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India to establish its training infrastructure in the major leather & leather product clusters of India such as Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Kolkata in West Bengal, Rohtak in Haryana & Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh. These campuses are being established to facilitate an all inclusive growth of the leather & leather products sector in the country.

All the campuses have been established within a record time of 12 months and have been made operational in full-fledged way from the academic session 2010-11. The campuses will relieve pressure of shortage of specialized manpower of the footwear industry such as production technologists, designers, managers, retailers and merchandisers.

The state-of-the art campuses having excellent infrastructure and modern facilities such as Wi-Fi connectivity, workshops in each operational area of manufacturing equipped with modern state-of-art machineries & equipments assists in conducting the various academic programmes.

FDDI has collaborated with the leading design & fashion Institutes in the world such as ARS Sutoria- Milan, Italy for offering world-class Design oriented programmes.

FDDI trains 8000 unemployed youths under PLSDP programme

The ‘Placement Linked Skill Development Programme’ (PLSDP) under the XIth Five Year Plan of the Government of India is being efficiently implemented by the FDDI in association with Department for Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

Box: 10.2
Objective of the PLSDP
  • To train unemployed youths of the society;
  • To cover leather & footwear products manufacturing clusters;
  • To provide gainful employment to the qualified youths.

FDDI plans to train more than 12,000 unemployed youths in a span of three years. Till November 2010, FDDI has created a new landmark by training more than 8000 fresh & unemployed youths under the PLSDP. Out of the total trainees, 49% belong to the SC/ST background.

Implementation of Cluster Development Programmes

FDDI is implementing the ‘Support to Artisan Programme’ in the clusters of Jaipur & Alwar, Jodhpur & Punjab under the Eleventh Five Year Plan. The interventions are being done in the areas of trust building and SHG formation, establishment of Centralised Resource Centers (CRC’s), process product and design Development, advertisement & brand promotion and development of market linkages.

The major focus of the intervention is to synergise and building awareness among the artisans for their socio-economic up-liftment, introduction of new low cost technology, development of tools, raw material up gradation, designing up gradation for building up a diverse product range based on market feedback, development of market linkages etc.

V. Indian Diamond Institute (IDI), Surat

The Indian Diamond Institute (IDI), Surat, established as a society in 1978, is a leading institute for imparting technical skills for the gems and jewellery industry. This institute is sponsored by the Department of Commerce and patronized by the Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC). The Institute is conducting a number of important courses for the gems and jewellery Sector. These include:

(a) Regular Courses:

  • Diploma in Diamond Grading (DDG) and Diploma in Diamond Sorting (DDS) for the diamond sector;
  • Graduate Diploma in Jewellery Designing, Manufacturing & Appraising (GJDMA)
  • AICTE approved Diploma in Diamond, Gems & Jewellery Design & Manufacture (HDJDM)
  • Diploma in Model Making (DMM) for the Jewellery sector and
  • Diploma in Gemmology (DG) in the field of Gemmology.

(b) Correspondence Courses:

  • Graduate Diploma in Gems & Jewellery Appraising
  • Diploma in Gemmology
  • Fellow member (Diploma in Gemology) of the Gemmological Association, Great Britain (FGA) in association with Gem-A, London (UK).

The institute has been recognized world over as a Diamond Certification and Grading Laboratory. The Laboratory services provided by IDI are ISO-9001:2008 quality compliant. 

 

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