Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) is an autonomous body in the field of packaging and working under the administrative control of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. The Institute was established on 14th May, 1966 with its headquarter and principal laboratories in Mumbai. The Institute set up its first branch office at Chennai in 1971, followed by branches at Kolkata, Delhi and Hyderabad in 1976, 1986 and 2006, respectively.
The main objective of the Institute is to promote the export market by way of innovative package design and development as well as to upgrade the overall standards of packaging in the country. The Institute is involved in various activities like testing and evaluation of packaging materials and packages, consultancy services and research & development related to packaging. Besides this, the Institute is involved in training and education in the field of packaging.
The Indian packaging industry has not only grown in size and volume, but also in its level of operation. In addition, globalisation has also forced the Indian packaging industry to become more competitive in the global markets and also to win major contracts abroad. Today, the Indian packaging industry is growing at an annual rate of 15% as against 5-6% growth of the global packaging industry. This has also created a great demand for packaging professionals by the Indian packaging industry. In fact, packaging training and education have become the ‘Need of the Hour’ in our country so as to upgrade the overall standards of packaging at the National level.
To value these facts, the Indian Institute of Packaging started two years full time Post Graduate Diploma in Packaging in the year 1985 in Mumbai which is one of its kind in the country. Subsequently, the Institute extended this facility by way of commencing a similar course in Delhi in the year 2000. Due to constant growth in demand of packaging professionals, IIP initiated this course in Kolkata with an intake of 15 students in 2010 and in Hyderabad with an intake of 16 students in 2011.
Today, the Post Graduate Diploma in Packaging (PGDP) course is established as one of the most popular programme and is well accepted by the packaging industry in India and abroad. Till date, over 1200 students have graduated under this programme with 100% campus placements in the past five years. On similar lines, the Institute started the Distance Education Programme in 1996 for the benefit of working people to upgrade their knowledge in the field of packaging.
In order to cater to the demand of the packaging industry, IIP has increased the intake of students from the academic year of 2012-2014.
I am confident that the youngsters who would be opting for this course as their career option will have a brilliant and bright future.
My best wishes to all the new aspirants who would be joining the illustrious IIP family.