On the three-day Global Alumni-cum-Scientific Summit at the NDRI, the dairy experts, who are alumni of the NDRI and have excelled in their field, discussed their concerns and need for improvements in the dairy sector. They pointed out that at present, the dairy processing sector in India is growing at a rate of 15 percent, but it should be increased to 50 percent of the total production. The dairy experts who have participated from various dairy industries in the world on Sunday emphasised on the increasing the percentage of milk being processed.
During this meet, they also raised concerns and discussed the areas where the improvements can take place. They also pointed out that the dairy sector is very vast sector and it provided many other career opportunities, such as: analytical testing services; feed and fodder management; dairy equipment manufacturing; dairy packaging; new product development; and cold chain management.
Other than this the curriculum of various courses should be revised based on the upcoming need. They also emphasised that the curriculum for dairy technology should be revisited and more courses should be introduced such as: related to management; intellectual property rights; financial management; and quality certifications. These courses will help the students to prepare them for entrepreneurship. Also, the other main focus of the discussion was the opening of technology business incubation centres to attract entrepreneurs.
The director of NDRI, Dr RRB Singh, praised and mentioned that the alumni association of the NDRI was constantly supporting the institute in its efforts to maintain its pre-eminent position among dairy science education institutions of the world. Dr ML Madan, former Vice-Chancellor (VC), DUVASU, Mathura; Dr SL Goswami, former VC, BUAT, Banda; Dr GS Rajorhia, president, Indian Dairy Association; and Dr GR Patil, former joint director (academic), NDRI; were also among other distinguished guests were present during the meet.