Future plans of the Centre
Establishment of sea/ marine food processing centre by 2017:
India's seafood industry has become one of the leading suppliers of quality seafood to all the major markets of the world. India has world class seafood processing plants that follow quality control regimes compliant to stringent international regulatory requirements.The export earnings in 2013 -14 had reached an all time high of US $ 5 billion (about Rs 30213 crore).
With the growing demand for Indian seafood products across the world, the dynamics of the sea food business in India are changing fast. There is a tremendous growth in the resources and infrastructure of the Indian seafood industry today.
There is a huge scope for investments in marine fish processing sector, cold storages and export of coastal fish for the private sector, as it holds vast, untapped marine resources with a great export potential.
The faculty members of the centre have expertise in marine fish processing. GITAM envisages starting a marine food processing centre.
Establishment of Mega Food Parks(MFPs) by 2018:
The primary objective of the MFPS is to provide modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from the farm to the market. It will include creation of processing infrastructure near the farm, transportation, logistics and centralized processing centers. The main feature of the scheme is a cluster based approach. The scheme is demand driven, and will facilitate food processing units to meet environmental and safety standards.
The expected outcome is increased realization for farmers, creation of high quality processing infrastructure, reduction in wastage, capacity building of producers and processors and creation of an efficient supply chain along with significant direct and indirect employment .
Collaboration with national institutes like NIFTEM in 2016:
GITAM would soon enter into MOU with NIFTEM to encourage research innovations through collaborative efforts in the areas of postharvest technology and value addition with special emphasis on food products.
Starting fruit and vegetable processing industry by 2017:
The equipment granted by MOFPI and GITAM has enabled us to start a small scale industry which will be in operation soon. Farmers, rural women and unemployed youth will be trained in processing various vegetables and fruits. Training would be free of cost. GITAM University is working with three NGOs who would assist us in the said training.
Starting a cashew processing industry:
Access will be provided soon to the rural tribes to process cashewnuts produced in rural areas. This value addition would generate immense opportunity to enhance their income.
International collaboration with Ohio State University by 2017:
We intend to explore collaboration with the department of food science and technology at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
Professor V.M.Bala Subramanian, a food engineer at the university has developed a high pressure nonthermal food processing technology for preserving juices.
It is intended to collaborate with Prof.Bala Subramanian in planning projects of common interest. Prof.Subramanian has agreed to admit students from GITAM University to work under his guidance. We hope that this collaboration would provide expertise and an excellent opportunity for networking with experts from industries and for faculty exchange and training programmes with international universities.
Creation of food processing incubation centre by 2017:
This is meant for student entrepreneurs who would be mentored and encouraged to develop new startups.
Village adoption by 2020
GITAM University envisages adoption of villages for comprehensive health development in North Coastal Andhra Pradesh.