IIP DELHI, Mr. Madhab Chakraborty, Joint Director (Head - IIP Delhi)

The Northern regional centre of the Institute was set up in Delhi under the joint project of the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) in the year 1985. Initially, the Institute was set up in a rented premise at Jhandewalan, Extension Centre, New Delhi. The centre was having very limited facilities for the testing of packaging materials and packages. In addition, the centre was also involved for conducting short-term training programmes on packaging. 

Subsequently, the Institute acquired a land of one acre at Plot No. 21, Functional Indl. Estate, Patparganj, Opp. Patparganj Bus Depot, New Delhi in the year 1987. However, the Institute constructed the building of 23,000 sq. Ft. covered area with financial assistance from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry under the 9th Five Year Plan and subsequently, the centre was shifted from Jhandewalan to Patparganj in the year 1998. The centre expanded its laboratory facilities for testing of packaging materials and packages, training and also consultancy activities. 

However, a great initiative was taken by the Institute to introduce two years, full-time Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Packaging Technology at IIP-Delhi in the year 2000 with an intake of 15 students. In fact, this was the second centre, besides Mumbai, where the two years Post Graduate Diploma Programme commenced simultaneously. The first batch of PGDP from Delhi (16th Batch) was successfully completed in the year 2002 and all the students were employed in different industries in the Northern region. Due to the large infrastructural facilities, IIP-Delhi centre has been able to provide services to the industries located in the Northern region of the country, covering almost eight states i.e. Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir and Rajasthan.  

Over a period of time, it was observed that there was phenomenal change in packaging industries of the Northern region and many more industries, including the food processing industry, were set up in the last one decade. Hence, the Institute took up another initiative for the expansion of the existing building by way of adding two more floors with an additional covered area of 20,000 sq. ft. under the 12th Five Year Plan. The main purpose for the expansion of the existing building is to increase the activities and also to set up an exclusive laboratory, so called the Food Packaging Laboratory, in order to cater to the demands of testing of food packages from the industries located in the Northern region.  

Besides this, the Institute has been able to increase the intake of students from 40 to 80 students so that more number of packaging professionals will be available for the industries. Now, the four storey building of the Institute has got many more facilities like material testing laboratory, chemical laboratory, barriers laboratory, transport testing laboratory, food packaging laboratory, exclusive laboratory for post graduate students, computer laboratory, drawing and graphic laboratory, a multi-purpose hall and a spacious library with reading facility for 80 students.

The newly constructed Food Packaging Laboratory is scheduled to be inaugurated by Dr. E. M. S. Natchiappan, Hon’ble Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Government of India during the month of January, 2014.