Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore
Over the last six decades, Mysore and CFTRI have grown so much, independently as well as mutually, that the founders? hopes on the location of the institute stand wholly justified today.
the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) was declared open by Mr. C.Rajagopalachari, the then Home Minister in the Government of India, and Dr. V. Subrahmanyan became the first Director of the institute.
CFTRI thus became a reality (as a constituent institute of CSIR and its third national laboratory) thanks to the vision and endeavours of its founders and a network of dedicated scientists who had a passion to pursue in-depth scientific research into one of the most fundamental aspects of human life. With over 75% of the population occupied in food raising, and no facilities to benefit from post-harvest technology till then, India hailed the birth of CFTRI and started to look at it with great expectation.
CFTRI has produced and provided scores of technology solutions that have afforded a powerful thrust to the development of indigenous food industries and played a notable role in the socio-economic transformation of the nation. Many programmes of post-harvest technology presently pursued in India and elsewhere, and many success stories in food business can be traced straight to the concepts and contributions that began to emanate from CFTRI then. The technologies have indeed heralded a whole new era in the history of food processing and agro-based industries of India.
After 50 years of tryst with India?s food destiny, CFTRI today stands out among the largest and most diversified technology laboratories in the world. From an institution that started with just 3 persons, it has now evolved into a solid pool of talent and knowledge, with over 300 scientists, technologists and engineers, and over 400 technicians, skilled workers and support staff on its payroll. Its multi-disciplinary spread (across 16 R&D departments) covers almost every field of scientific investigation connected with foods and their relationship to humans, including the cutting edge area of food biotechnology.
The institute today features a catalogue of R&D achievements (with over 300 products/processes/equipment designs and close to 160 commercialised technologies); a whole matrix of solutions for the industry and society; an impressive portfolio of research productivity (with high-science content publications and patents); a worldwide web of nationally and internationally leading agencies; an extensive and highly responsive constituency of users from both the public and private sectors; and an impressive overall performance profile. But it is not in the tradition of the institute to rest on its laurels, and it continues to seek ever greater challenges in ever greater fulfilment of its vision.
CFTRI, like all other institutes and laboratories of CSIR, has a Research Council which plays a crucial role in the institute?s functioning by ?
Orienting the R&D programmes towards national goals
Monitoring utilisation of the resources
Evaluating the work output
Constituting the assessment/selection committees and peer groups
Guiding the overall growth and pursuit of excellence
A new Research Council is constituted every 3 years by the Director General of CSIR, New Delhi, and it consists of external experts (such as scientists, technologists, business administrators); representatives from scientific departments/agencies and industrial houses; a senior scientist from another CSIR laboratory/institute; the Director of the institute; and the Director General or a nominee of CSIR.
CFTRI, like all other institutes and laboratories of CSIR, has a Management Council which monitors the affairs of the institute within the framework of the rules & regulations and directions & guidelines of CSIR. The Management Council acts as an appellate authority for the grievances of the employees of the institute, as also the authority to write off the irrecoverable material and monetary losses of the institute, within the limits prescribed by CSIR. It also exercises such functions and powers as are not specifically assigned to the Research Council or the Director, in addition to dealing with other matters referred to it by the Director General of CSIR.
Like the Research Council, the Management Council also has a 3-year term, and consists of the Director of the institute as its Chairman; 4 scientists of the institute representing the different age groups of the staff; 2 Director-level scientists of this or another institute; the finance/accounts head of the institute; with the administrative head of the institute as its Member-Secretary. The Director General or a nominee of CSIR is a permanent invitee to the meetings of the Management Council.
Technology Transfer and facilities offered:
Mr. T. R. Prabhu
Technology Transfer & Business Development
Mysore 570 020