The 3rd Annual Meet of NDRI Graduates Association with one day National Seminar on "Food Safety & Quality Issues relevant to the Dairy Industry" was organized in association with NDRI, Karnal on September 27, 2008 which was very widely attended and successful. The speakers deliberated on the food safety concerns faced by the industry and measures to be taken to improve the product quality to compete globally. This seminar laid the foundation of NGA as a professional body catering to the needs & interest of the industry in terms of sharing of knowledge of the industry with the masses.
Later NGA in collaboration with Eastern Regional Station, NDRI, Kalyani organized a two day seminar on "Sustainable and Integrated Dairy Development in Eastern and North-Eastern Region: Status and Strategies" on 12 December 2008.
NGA was invited by the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for comments on the new Draft Milk & Milk Product Regulations 2009. NGA suggested many points for incorporation which were taken note of while drafting the regulations. Further NGA has been constantly associated with FSSAI in the meetings and discussions and is ready to take up any responsibility on behalf of FSSAI or any other Government department in holistic development of the dairy sector.
The 4th Annual Meet of NDRI Graduates Association with two days National Seminar on "Need of the Dairy Industry Initiative, Innovation, Improvisation " was organized in association with the NDRI, Karnal on September 11 -12, 2009 which was widely attended and successful.
During the two days seminar in-depth deliberations was held on initiatives taken by the industry and government, the role of the research institutes in providing innovative techniques and the role of the industry in implementation of the research for continual improvement in their systems. A number of eminent researchers, industrialists, economists and other luminaries in the related fields participated in these deliberations.
A penal discussion on " Indian Dairy Industry - Vision 2020 " chaired by Director, NDRI with a panel of experts from the dairy, food, pharma, management and research organizations was a breakthrough for the steps to be taken by the industry to prepare it for 2020 and project India globally.
The success of this seminar put NGA on a national platform as a professional body and the excellent conduct of the Seminar was appreciated from all corners of the country in terms of the knowledge gained by the industry through the seminar.
The Fifth Annual Meet with a two days seminar on "Indian Dairy & Food Industry " Future Roadmap for Sustainable Growth " during 24 - 25 September 2010 was organized in association with the NDRI, Karnal. Dr. (Ms) Amrita Patel, Chairperson, National Dairy Development Board, Anand was the Chief Guest for the function. During the two day seminar in-depth deliberations were held on the current scenario of the dairy and food sector, the Government policies to address the issues, National Dairy Plan, value additions, green house concerns, carbon credits, newer packaging techniques, export potential, the marketing strategies to be evolved, for Indian dairy and food industry in alignment with the international market. A special session on Business Promotion attracted a number of organizations to promote their products and services through this platform. A number of eminent speakers, Chief Executives, industrialists, researchers, and other luminaries in the related fields participated in the two day deliberations. Significant recommendations emerged for the growth of Indian dairy and food industry.
The seminar was attended by more than 400 delegates from all corners of the country and was highly successful. The feedback from the participants was overwhelming and NGA is committed to hold such seminars yearly for the benefit of the dairy and food sector.
The 5th national seminar on " Integration of Indian Dairy & Food Industry for Future Sustenance " was organized on 23 - 24 September 2011 at NDRI, Karnal. The seminar deliberated upon the unnoticed integration of dairy and food ingredients and processes. Economic liberalization and rising consumer prosperity is opening up new opportunities for diversification in dairy and food processing sector. Keeping in view the potential of Indian dairy and food industry for integration for mutual benefits this seminar was conceptualized. Eminent speakers, Chief Executives, industrialists, researchers, and other luminaries deliberated on the issues concerning to value additions, newer technological advances, export potential, foreign collaborations and marketing strategies in India and international markets. Significant recommendations emerged for the growth of Indian dairy and food industry.
The 6th National Seminar on " Global Opportunities and Concerns in Dairy and Food Sector " was organized on 28th - 29th September 2012 at NDRI, Karnal. With a population of over 1.2 billion, India represents one of the largest consumer markets in the world. Additionally more than half of this population is below the age of 30. This young population drives the demand for processed and healthy foods. While there are opportunities, at the same time the industry has to address certain problems that exist in Indian dairy industry in terms of milk production, milk processing and inadequate provision of cold chain in distribution.
Luminaries deliberated on issues concerning the opportunities available for the Indian dairy & food industry for improving on the quality, value additions, adoption of newer technology, export potential, foreign collaborations, marketing strategies in India and international markets, related concerns and road blocks in achieving the desired results. The seminar also presented some success stories of dairy organizations who have managed to compete globally.
The seminar was attended by more than 400 professionals from the dairy, food, ingredients and pharma sector, scientists, academicians, senior officials from the Central and State Government organizations was highly successful and the feedback from the participants was overwhelming. As per the decision in the 2012 AGM, the annual meet shall be held annually while the seminar will be organized once in two years. In accordance with the decision of the house the Annual Meet and Annual General Body Meeting of NDRI Graduates was held on 14th September 2013 at Karnal. The half day interaction programe and meet was attended by more than 225 graduates from all across the country. During the AGM it was approved by the house that NGA should hold bi-annual meets in different parts of the country to create awareness on the activities of NGA amongst the graduates as well increase the membership base for better participation in the coming events.
The 7th National Seminar on "Dairy Sector: The Key Player for Nutritional Security in India" was organized on 19th - 20th September 2014 at NDRI, Karnal. With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India has a challenge to meet the nutritional requirement of its people. Additionally more than half of this population is below the age of 30 who drive the demand for nutritious and healthy foods. Ensuring food and nutrition security is a challenge for India, given its huge population and high levels of poverty and malnutrition. However, food availability is threatened by the effects of climate change and declining water resources on agriculture output. Economic access to food by about a fourth of the population living below the poverty line is also a challenge, despite impressive economic growth in the recent years.
As per the previous practice the Annual Meet and Annual General Body Meeting of NDRI Graduates was held on 26th September 2015 at Karnal. The half day interaction programe and meet was attended by more than 215 graduates from all across the country. During the AGM it was approved by the house that NGA should create some regional chapters to spread the awareness about NGA to increase the membership base and enroll more members for better participation in the coming events.
The 8th National Seminar on " Indian Dairy & Food Sector: Way Forward to Meet Future Challenges " was organized on 23rd - 24th September 2016 at NDRI, Karnal. Today, India with a population of over 125 crores is one of the largest growing consumer markets with a large segment below the age of 30 which is a driving force for emergence of this sector as a lucrative segment. With a huge potential for growth the challenge is in customizing affordable products. Economic access to food by about a fourth of the population living below the poverty line is also a challenge, despite impressive economic growth in the recent years.
The situation demands that professionals associated with this sector in the country analyze and identify the various challenges that lie ahead before us to successfully maneuver the situation to the maximum advantage of our industry. The recommendations from the seminar will be beneficial for the dairy & food sector and will enlighten us on the challenges being faced and actions required to meet the future challenges for masses in India.
The seminar was attended by more than 350 professionals from the dairy, food, ingredients and pharma sector, scientists, academicians, senior officials from the Central and State Government organizations was highly successful, the feedback from the participants was overwhelming.
The success of such an event of this magnitude cannot be possible without the support of our graduates and the dairy & food fraternity that have financially and morally supported the association for the betterment of the industry and society. The association wishes to thank all the sponsorers who have been a part of this mega event.
The dairy graduates from NDRI hold eminent positions in the dairy, food and allied sectors and share the common view of uplifting the status of the Indian dairy and food sector in the global market.
At present NGA has more than 440 Graduates from NDRI and almost all the present students as the members of the Association.
We hope that the support of our graduates and the dairy & food industry will always be available to the association to organize such events in the future also.
The next event of NDRI Graduates association is proposed to be held in September 2017 and we hope that participants from all over the country from different organizations will make it to Karnal next year.