December 29, 2011 admin

CIPHET celebrates 22nd foundation day

Ludhiana, December 29: Central Institute of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) today organized a special function to celebrate its 22nd foundation day at its campus. A visit of school children was also held to institute for creating awareness regarding institution’s mandate and facilities, which was established on December 29, 1989 at the PAU campus.
Speaking on the occasion, Director CIPHET Dr R.K Gupta said institution has grown by leaps and bounds in a very short period. “With small strength of scientists, we have developed more than 40 technologies in last five years,” he said, adding that institute was also one of the best in research publications among other institutes of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
Recognizing the staff for its contribution in strengthening the institution, he said that CIPHET could only become an institute of national repute due to handwork and dedication of its founders. “They had started the things from scratch, now we have best of research facilities in Ludhiana and Abohar campuses of the institute. We have even expanded in south by opening up agro processing center complex at University of Agriculture Sciences, Bangalore,” he added.
Counting research achievements, Director CIPHET Dr R.K Gupta named technologies of pomegranate aril extractor, maize degermer, minimal processing and guava processing among other technologies developed by the institute. He also revealed that soon a food testing laboratory and center of excellence in maize processing would be established in the institute. Project Coordinator (APA) Dr P.N Bhatnagar talked about progress made in the All India Coordinated Project (AICRP) on application of plastics, which was headquartered at CIPHET.  Head AS&EC Division Dr S.N Jha advised the young scientists to set their goals on daily basis and work for the progress of the institute.  Saying that technological progress in food science is happening very fast, CIPHET Abohar Incharge Dr Dilip Jain said that pace of technological development need to be increased in order to match with competition. Senior Scientist Dr Mirdula Devi coordinated the function and Senior Scientist Dr K.Narsaiah presented a vote of thanks.  A special session was organized to hear views of CIPHET faculty for feedback and future strategies.
Veteran staff members Sohal Lal and Yashpal Singh shared their experience about establishment of the institution and Scientist Dr D.D Nangre was specially honoured for his association of more than ten years with CIPHET. A cultural function was also followed to entertain the faculty.

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