Packaging Industry – An Attractive & fast Growing Career Option

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New Delhi: In the dynamic global platform, new options & opportunities in career are emerging on a rate that was never witnessed before. These lucrative fields are not only exciting but also promises a great future growth prospective. One such field is packaging, that opens the door to sure shot success &guarantees excellent pay package.

Indian Institute of Packaging is the leading government institute which facilitates career options in packaging industry for the young talent. The institute guarantees 100% placements for its 2-year post graduate diploma in Packaging technology.

IIP in the past has placed their students with some of the most prominent companies across the world e.g. Hindustan Uniliver, L’Oréal, Coca- Cola, Larsen and Tubro, Kraft’s Food among others, with a starting package of 4 Lacs to 12 Lacs per annum.

Dr. Tanweer Alam, Joint Director & Branch Head, Indian Institute of Packaging said, “Globally the size of this industry is $ 771 US billion, while Indian share is around $ 24.6 US billion. Indian packaging industry is growing a t a rapid stage. Annual rate of growth of Indian packaging industry is about 15%, which is much more than 5-6% globally. Any industry, whether it is indulged in food manufacturing or producing consumer goods, it needs packaging for its products. And IIP is one of its kind of institute that creates trained manpower for this industry.”

As we all know, packaging is the process of enclosing, or shaping the product in bottles, plastic bags, wrappers, lubes, paper cartoons and boxes etc. Today, every other thing requires packaging. From the smallest pin to all the big products one can think of, all of them are needed to be packaged appropriately. A proper and defined packaging also attracts more consumers and boosts the market economy. Professionals trained in packaging are in huge demand because packaging not only fulfils the sole purpose of protecting a product, but also act as a ‘silent salesman.’

“In that last many years, rapid growth of packaging industry 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”, added Dr. Alam.

World’s first packaging institute was introduced by University of Michigan in US in the year 1952and thereafter India was the only other county in the world to have set up Indian Institute of Packaging in the year 1952.

The institute offers various programmes to help the students choose wisely and appropriately. The Institute conducts a two-year full time Post Graduate Diploma in Packaging (PGDP), open to the graduates in Science, technology, Engineering and allied fields. The programme comprises of classroom sessions by the Institute’s own and guest faculty, with visits to industries to study various packaging processes and technologies.

The admission is through an all India level entrance examination conducted in June every year in all metro cities. Admission forms are available from the month of May and the last day of applying is 10th June 2016. IIP’s 2-years PG Diploma in Packaging will begin in August.

Till date, over 1200 students have graduated under this programme with 100% campus placements in the past five years.There are about 3000 students graduating every year with an intake of 280 students. These programmes are conducted in 4 cities across the country namely Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Hyderabad.

IIP also has other short-term programmes and certificate courses e.g. a three-months full time Certificate Course in Packaging (ITC) and Diploma under Distance Education Programme in Packaging (DEP) for 18-months correspondence course is conducted on annual basis. The 18-months Graduate Diploma programme is designed for working executives who are graduates in different disciplines, but need packaging knowledge by virtue of their job requirements. The Graduate Diploma in packaging Technology is accredited by the Asian Packaging Federation.

“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” said Dr. Alam.

IIP provides technical training and hands on experience to all its students allowing them to experience the way things work and helping them understand the industry practically.