Global Alumni-cum-Scientific Meet Organized at NDRI

NDRI GLOBAL ALUMNI-CUM-SCIENTIFIC MEET was held during 15-17 March, 2019 at NDRI campus in Karnal. Dairy experts from various dairy industries, world over, advocated on increasing the milk processing capacity of the country.

During the Valedictory function, 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 is growing at the rate of 15 per cent, but it should be increased to the 50 per cent of the total production. 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 emphasized 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 on opening of technology business incubation centres to attract entrepreneurs.

Dr. R.R.B. 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.

Amongst the eminent personalities present during the Inaugural and Valedictory function were Dr. M.L. Madan, former Vice Chancellor (VC), DUVASU, Mathura; Dr. S.L. Goswami, former VC, BUAT, Banda; Dr. G.S. Rajorhia, President, Indian Dairy Association; and Dr. G.R. Patil, former joint director (academic), NDRI. Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, NABARD delivered inaugural address and Mr. Sukhbir Mann, Chairman, Mann Ventures shared his business experiences for motivating entrepreneur in dairy industry.

A poster-making competition was also organised on four major themes of the dairy sector namely - Animal Production and Heat; Product and Process Development; Food Quality and Safety; and 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.