The Union Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Sh. Ananth Kumar has said that the government plans to increase the number of Central Institute for Plastic Engineering and Technology (CIPET) from the current 23 to 100 in next 5 years. Addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone of boys and girls hostels of CIPET in Murthal, Haryana today, he said that this will help in honing the skills of about 4 lakh students every year in the upcoming sector of plastics and polymers. He said that the government is working to improve skill development and fulfill the PM’s dream of “Make in India”. He said Make in India and skill development are not to be confined to certain pockets but will be spread out throughout the country.
Sh. Ananth Kumar said that CIPET, Murthal will be upgraded to Higher Learning Centre which would give the degrees of B.Tech, M.Tech and PhD. He said the government is committed to provide one more CIPET in Haryana. Stressing on “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” mantra for Plastic Waste Management, he said specialized courses for such waste management will be started in the country. The Minister said the plastic industry is having a capacity of 12 million tons at present, which is likely to go up to 20 million tons by the end of this decade. Referring to the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative of the Haryana Government, he said more girls should be encouraged to join the technical courses.
On the issue of Fertilizer availability in the country, Shri Ananth Kumar said that there is no shortage of fertizers in the country. He said fertilizer security is the basis of food security, and the Government is ensuring timely and adequate availability of fertilizer. He said that better distribution systems can help the farmers. CIPET, Murthal was set up in 2005. It has about 1000 students which are being given various diplomas and certificate courses. The campus is spread out over 10 acre land provided by Government of Haryana. The additional hostel facilities for which the foundation stone was laid today will help to develop 600 more skilled manpower from this campus every year. The Haryana Agriculture Minister, Sh. O.P. Dhankad, and secretary, department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Shri Surjit K. Chauhary was also present during the foundation stone laying ceremony today. CIPET is an ISO 9001:2008 QMS, NABL, ISO/IEC 17020 accredited premier national Institution devoted to Academic, Technology Support & Research (ATR) activities for the growth of Polymer & allied industries in the country. CIPET operates on hub & spokes model with 23 locations spread across the length & breadth of the country.