Gujarat state to house India’s second packaging institute


The state of Gujarat in India is set to get its first and the country’s second Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), to be established in three phases over the next five years. The state government agreed to grant 25 acres of land for free to set up the IIP. The university will also have testing facilities for the industry.

The announcement was jointly made by Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman, recently.

Sitharaman said there is already one IIP in Mumbai that was set up a while ago, but Gujarat also needed one as it is an “industrially advanced state”.

“The new IIP will offer training, diploma and postgraduate diploma courses. Classes will begin from the next academic year itself. The state government will provide temporary accommodation for the initial period on the campus of any one university. The institute will be set up in three phases as it will also have testing and research labs,” said Sitharaman.

She also said that industries will tie up with the institute. “In the first phase, the academic block and a block for the service sector will be set up in the first two years. The second phase will be completed in the next two years and the last phase in one year,” added Sitharaman.

The IIP is likely to be set up in Ahmedabad or Gandhinagar, which also has an exhibition centre where the last Plastindia in 2015 was held. http://www.plasticsandrubberasia.com/feb2015/leadfeature5.html


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