RNTU signs MoU with FICSI to establish CoE in Food Processing

April 15, 2019

Bhopal-based Rabindranath Tagore University (RNTU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Food Industry Capacity and Skill Initiative (FICSI) to establish Madhya Pradesh’s first Centre of Excellence (COE) in Food Processing at the University. The Centre will aim to train manpower for MSMEs and startups in various subsectors of food processing, along with building entrepreneurial capabilities in the State.

FICSI is the Sector Skill Council for the Food Processing sector and has been formed under the aegis of the National Skill Development Council (NSDC) and Federation of Chambers of Commerce of India (FICCI) as an initiative to promote skill development. Under the partnership, RNTU will impart training in Food Processing based on FICSI’s Qualification Pack (QP) as the training curriculum for the students. FICSI will conduct assessment and provide certification to the trained students. In collaboration with RNTU, FICSI will also organize the ‘Train the Trainers’
programme. The two organizations will also collaborate for various initiatives under Skill India, especially
the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS). FICSI will also support RNTU for creation of a
B.Voc program in Food Processing as per the guidelines of the Ministry of Human Resource
Development.

This partnership is expected to boost the University’s efforts to bridge the overall skills gap in higher education and improve employability in Madhya Pradesh. Formerly known as AISECT University, RNTU was launched in 2012 as India’s first Skills University where skill credits are a mandatory part of the course curriculum. Over the years, the University has introduced 51 types of skills as electives across all the disciplines. These electives are in addition to normal subjects and core related elective subjects. To make skill delivery effective, these skills are offered through Skill Academies established as autonomous entities under the various Departments at RNTU. Many of these skills are aligned with National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF). The University has also established a Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) under the Skill India Mission to empower the youth.

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