RONO HILLS, 20 Jul: Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) here signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) virtually with Sonepat (Haryana)-based National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) to take up joint teaching, research and training programmes for an initial period of 10 years.
The MoU was signed as part of an international webinar on the theme ‘Technologies for processing safe foods, entrepreneurial prospects and ministry support: Sufficing the demands of the food industry’, conducted by RGU’s food technology department in collaboration with the NIFTEM on Monday.
During the webinar, RGU Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha stressed on the importance of “organic farming and horticulture waste utilization through food processing in Arunachal.” Pro-VC Prof Amitava Mitra spoke about Arunachal as “an agriculture-dominant state,” and said that development of a food processing sector in the state would be important to convert important fruit crops such as oranges, kiwi, pineapples, etc, into finished products like jam, jelly and beverages.
RGU Registrar Dr NT Rikam also spoke.
As many as 250 professors, scientists and deans from different parts of India and abroad, such as Spain, Indonesia and Nepal, participated in the webinar.