We generally heard people talking about best B schools, best engineering colleges, best Medical institutes but we never heard people talking about the best Packaging institutes. Why so? Is there no scope for packaging technology in the industry? Or there is a lack of a packaging institute? Or People don’t have awareness about such courses?
Being a packaging professional I think there are many reasons involved. One of the reasons is a lack of awareness and mentoring. If I talk about scope, the scope is tremendous. So based on my experience let me help you guys in selecting some of the top institutes. Here I will list few institutes which are providing specialized courses for packaging technology and are preparing professionals to cater packaging industry.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF PACKAGING
The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) is an autonomous body and one of an apex body in India which was set up in 1966 by the packaging and allied industries and the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, with the specific objective of improving the packaging standards in the country. This institute is working under the administrative control of the Ministry of Commerce. There are various educational courses offered by this institute:
- The Institute conducts two years full-time Post-Graduate Diploma in Packaging (PGDP), open to the graduates in Science, technology, engineering, and allied fields.
- The three months full-time Certificate Course in Packaging (ITC) is suitable for fresh graduates preferably in science/Engineering who desire to make a career in Packaging Business/Profession.
- Diploma under Distance Education Programme in Packaging (DEP) for 18 months correspondence course which is conducted on annual basis.
- This institute also conducts short-term training programs in various industrial cities in the country for 1 day or 1-week durations.
- This Executive Development Programmes (EDP) is designed for working executives as well as professionals needing to update their knowledge.
SIES – SCHOOL OF PACKAGING
School of Packaging/ Packaging Technology Centre at SIES (South Indian Education Society) was established in 2001 at Nerul, Navi Mumbai, India. This institute is providing various courses:
- 2 year postgraduate program in Packaging Science & Technology (eligibility: BSc/Btech or B.E/ Bpharm)
- One year Graduate Diploma in Packaging Technology (part-time)
- One year Graduate Diploma in Packaging Technology ( Distance learning) Industry oriented short term courses
SCHOOL OF PACKAGING- MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY
In 1952, Michigan State University became the first university in the USA to offer a degree in Packaging. Michigan State University is running its packaging courses under the School of Packaging at Michigan State University which is affiliated with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. They are offering a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.), Master of Science (M.S.) & Ph.D. degree program in Packaging. Apart from this, they also offer some online packaging courses.
ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Rochester Institute of Technology’s Packaging Science program was first established in 1972. It is an interdisciplinary degree that leads to either bachelors or masters of Science.
Clemson University is also one of the few institutes in U. S. which offers a degree in Packaging Science. This institute offer Bachelor, master, and doctorate programs in packaging.
THE INSTITUTE OF PACKAGING PROFESSIONALS
The Institute of Packaging Professionals is a packaging association serving the educational needs of the packaging community by offering industry-standard courses for professionals who are serving or related to the packaging industry. There are various courses offered by the institute according to different requirements. Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) is one of a course offered since 1972. With six years of packaging experience, one can apply for the Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) program and one for those with less than six years of experience can become a Certified Packaging Professional in Training (CPIT).
So guys, gear up if you are still looking for the top institutes in packaging. In fact, we professionals can also pursue higher degrees from some of the top ones. Good Luck!