Dr. N. C. Saha
Director, Indian Institute of Packaging

N. C. Saha is an internationally acclaimed professional in the field of packaging science & technology. Basically a food technologist with Master’s from Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore; he joined the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, in 1987 as a Professor and Scientist. In 1988, he was admitted to the School of Packaging, Michigan State University, USA for Advanced Programme in Food Packaging as a UNDP Fellow. In 1998, he enrolled with the University of Tehran for an Advanced Programme in Productivity Concepts and Tools as a Fellow of Asian Productivity Organisation (APO). North Maharashtra University awarded him Ph.D. degree in Packaging Management for development of the ‘5D’ model of packaging and its synergy on marketing of consumer goods. He is a certified Quality Manager for NABL accredited laboratory as ISO/IEC: 17025:2005. He is a Consultant in package design and formulation of packaging specifications as well as research on shelf-life studies of food products.

Having handled multiple jobs of teaching, testing, certification of packages and consultancies as a Professor and Head for 22 years, Prof. N. C. Saha was elevated to become the Director & Principal Executive Officer of Indian Institute of Packaging in 2009.

In recognition of his expertise in the field of packaging, the world packaging fraternity has entrusted Prof. N. C. Saha with the responsibilities as Secretary General of Asian Packaging Federation (APF) since 2013 and Vice President (Asian Affairs) of World Packaging Organisation (WPO) since 2015.

The Government of India has nominated him as a Board Member in many organisations like Spices Board, APEDA, FFDC, Indian Pharmacopeia Commission, GS1, National Horticultural Board and ICPE. He represents IIP as a member of many Task Force Committees constituted by the different ministries like Ministry of Food Processing industry, Ministry of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Forest & Environment, FSSAI and also the Member Secretary of Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) constituted by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India. He has been nominated as a Chairman of six Sectional Technical Committees of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for the formulation of National Standards in packaging. Prof. N. C. Saha was also nominated as ‘Domain Expert’ under REACH Mission, implemented by TIFAC, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India (2001).

Prof. N. C. Saha is the Visiting Faculty in packaging at a number of Institutes and Universities in India. He has authored four books on, ‘Food Packaging’ for Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), an e-book on, ‘Packaging of Food Products’ for National Science Digital Library of National Institute of Science Communication & Information (NISCAIR under the CSIR); besides contribution of a Chapter on, ‘Packaging and Transport of Fragrance’ to the Fragrance & Development Centre (FFDC), Government of India.

Prof. N. C. Saha is the Supervisor for Ph.D students in the Department of Printing Engineering, Jadavpur University and Co-guide for M.Tech students at the Centre of Polymer Science & Engineering, IIT, Delhi. He has published 5 research papers in National and International research journals and 225 technical papers in National and International magazines. His research interests include shelf-life studies of food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics in alternative packaging materials, environmental impact of packaging, sustainability, composites of plastics with natural fibres, package design and development and other areas in packaging. He has a patent to his credit on, ‘Concept of Application of Polymeric-based Multilayered Collapsible Tube to Extend Shelf-life of Liquid Jaggery (Nalen Gud)’. He is the Editor of the bimonthly magazine, ‘Packaging India’ and a Member of the Editorial Boards of many packaging magazines.

He has extensively travelled to over 30 countries for attending various meetings of APF and WPO and also made over 300 technical presentations in many National and International conferences.

Dr N.C.Saha involved in the following committee:

  • Chairman – Sectional Committee PCD 21, BIS, Delhi
  • Chairman – Sectional Committee PGD 32, BIS, Delhi
  • Chairman – Sectional Committee TX 23, BIS, Delhi
  • Chairman – Sectional Committee CHD 16, BIS, Delhi
  • Chairman – Sectional Committee TED 24, BIS, Delhi
  • Chairman – Packaging Committee, FSSAI, Delhi
  • Member of expert committee labeling and claim, FSSAI, Delhi
  • Board Member, APEDA, Delhi
  • Board Member, Spices Board, Cochin
  • Board Member, GS1, Delhi
  • Board Member, FFDC, Kanauj
  • Board Member, ICPE, Mumbai
  • Board Member, IPC, Ghaziabad
  • Board Member, NIAM, Jaipur
  • Member of expert committee, weights & measures act.
  • Member of expert committee, DCPC, Govt. of India
  • Member Secretary, SAC, Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India
  • Member of expert committee for FIC on technical textile, IIT, Mumbai.
  • Member of National Research Council, NIFTEM
  • Member, roadmap committee for NIFTEM