The Rajya Sabha, on 15th March 2021, passed the National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019.
The bill aims to declare certain institutions of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management to be the institutions of national importance.
Provision of of the Bill:
This bill declares the National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Kundli in Haryana and Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu as the “National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management”.
The bill facilitates these institutes in terms of providing instruction, research, and knowledge dissemination in the field of food science and technology.
The Bill also provides for a Board of Governors, which will act as the principal executive body of the institutes and a Council for coordinating activities and facilitating interactions for performance improvement.
Powers and Functions of the Board:
As per the Bill, the board would be responsible for the following:
Taking administrative policy decisions
Examining and approving annual budget estimates and development plans
Establishing departments, faculties or or schools of studies, and initiating courses or programmes of study
Creating academic, administrative, and other posts, and determining their terms
Functions of institutes:
The bill also provides for the functions of the institutes. The functions include:
To provide instruction, research, and knowledge dissemination in the areas of food science and technology.
To hold the examinations and grant degrees, diplomas, certificates and other academic distinctions and titles
To determine and collect fees & other charges
To institute and make appointments for the academic and other posts excluding Director.
Addressing the members’ doubts regarding the implementation of the reservation policy in these institutions, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said it will apply to these institutions.
While clarifying the doubts of the members, the Agricultural Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that “Reservation policy will also be applicable on these institutes”.
The minister also assured that people who are working in the food technology will be given representation in these institutes.
The “National Institute of Food Technology Bill” was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in the month of February 2019 by the Minister of Food Processing Industries, Ms. Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Thereafter it was referred to the Standing Committee.
Several amendments of the bill were approved by the Cabinet. Following which, the bill is being discussed in the house.