IIFPT is an institute of national importance, and its abbreviation stands for Indian Institute of Food Processing and Technology. It functions under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India. However, the name of this institution has been changed and now it is known as the National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Management.
IIFPT was established in Thanjavur to promote research in food processing and technology. In addition, it also offers academic programs in this field. The institute has a well-managed food quality testing laboratory which is accredited by FSSAI and NABL. The institute also offers the following facilities:
- Food product development laboratory
- Food microbiology laboratory
- Post-harvest pest management laboratory
- Food processing incubation center
- Food engineering laboratory
In addition to its main campus, IIFPT has liaison offices at Guwahati and Bathinda. These two centers can provide skill development training, incubation, and consultancy services to farmers, entrepreneurs, and students willing to bring something revolutionary to food processing technology and other agricultural produce.
The history of IIFPT dates back to 1967 when Dr. V. Subrahmanyan started Paddy Processing Research Center to assist farmers in the preservation of high moisture paddy. He was offered help by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries. The ministry upgraded this small-scale laboratory and renamed it as Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology. In addition to providing research facilities, this institute offered academic programs to willing candidates. Since the scope of the institute widened, it was renamed IIFPT. But later, the name was again changed to NIFTEM in February 2019.