The agreement aims to boost the flow of information between the organisations, including faculty and student exchanges and training and research materials linked to food processing. Indian food processing industries Minister, Subodh Kant Sahai said the move would create high quality and competent manpower for the growth of food processing sector in India.
Sahai also told Indian press that the pact would support his goal to increase “processing levels in the country from the current 10 per cent to 20 per cent by 2015” and reduce the annual wastage of around Rs. 500bn (€8.9m).
Rob Norris, the University’s education minister, highlighted areas of focus which could help the newly formed partnership to increase processing productivity in India including agriculture, agro-food and biosciences.