Availability of skilled manpower has been identified as one of the major challenges of Indian Food Processing Industry.The Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI) is working in close collaboration with Food Industry Capacity and Skill Initiative (FICSI), the Sector Skill Council (SSC) in food processing and regularly guiding and assisting it in achieving its mandate. The Ministry is helping to strengthen the SSC in this sector by helping in all possible ways to complete the validations of the Qualification Packs (QPs) foe each job role that have been developed and also helping in development of the course curriculum through National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM),an institute under this Ministry. The Ministry is also conducting weekly meetings with all stakeholders to review the progress
The FICSI is working on identification of job roles and competencies required for each job role so as to develop National Occupational Standards (NOS) for different sectors of food processing. Ernst& Young (E&Y) is the vendor selected by FICSI for this work. The scope of this work is to determine what skills are required in different parts of our country with respect to food processing activity being undertaken there. It shall include generic and domain specific skills and shall cover all the major sectors of food processing domain viz:
The interested persons for skilling under Pradhan MantriKaushal Vikas Yojana(PMKVY) may contact the affiliated Training Partners (TPs)and Training Centers (TCs) for registration. TPs/ TCs are required to be affiliated with FICSI before starting the training under PMKVY. In this respect,the CEO, FICSI may be contacted on the details mentioned below:
CEO-FICSI, FICCI, 1 Federation House,
Tansen Marg, New Delhi 110001.
The two institutions under the administrative control of this Ministry i.e NIFTEM and Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology (IICPT) are also conducting regular programs/courses on skill development and entrepreneurship for the youth, farmers, self help groups and industry. The Ministry of Food Processing Industries is very keen on entrepreneurship among various groups through skilling /capacity building,outreach programs and village adoption program by the two institutions under this Ministry. To give fillip and to strengthen Entrepreneurship, this Ministry has included a module on Entrepreneurship in the course curriculum of all the job roles.
The Ministry has also written to all Chief Secretaries of the States and UTs for taking advantage of the QPs,course curriculum and facilitate imparting necessary vocational training in the Food Processing Sector in view of the importance of this sector in the national economy.
The Ministry is also asking FICSI to compile the database of all qualified persons in academia, Government and industry, who could become potential trainers as the demand for trainers is going to sky rocket very soon.
FICSI has to develop a total of 70 QPs, out of which 55 QPs are developed. Out of 55 QPs, 27 QPs are approved by QRC, 7 QPs have been placed before QRC for its approval and balance 21 QPs are under validation. As of now 46 Training Partners (TPs) & a total of 192 Training Centers (TCs) across 26 states are affiliated by FICSI. The first cycle of training under PMKVY was inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister,Food Processing Industries on 4th sep, 2015 in 30 centers across 11 states. FICSI has enrolled 27,363 persons against the assigned the target of 30,810 to be trained under PMKVY till 31.3.16 and under RPL, FICSI has enrolled &assessed 496 persons during this period.
MoFPI would be very happy to receive your comments/suggestions in this regard.
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