Indian Food Industry MNC R&D in India Graphs determining Indian organisations @ FP7 Call 1, 2 and 3 News Events Did You Know?
Issue #6 Dec - 09
Indian Food Industry – Progressing Rapidly

Food Sector in India

The Indian food market accounts for about two thirds of the total Indian retail market and is estimated at over EUR € 129.265 billion. India has a lot of advantages like qualified human resources, world-class R&D facilities and varied raw materials - aspects that give our country a leading edge. The Indian food industry is in a unique position with both challenges and opportunities existing at the same time. The growth of the food industry is giving major thrust to the already booming food retail industry, which is currently growing at nine per cent. The Indian food industry, both primary and processed, is poised for a rapid growth. Further, according to consultancy firm McKinsey & Co, the retail food sector in India is likely to grow from around EUR € 49.8 billion in 2008 to EUR € 106.6 billion by 2025, accounting for a large chunk of the world food industry, which would grow to EUR € 285 billion from EUR € 125 billion by 2025.

Food Processing

Food processing industry is of enormous significance for India's development because of the vital linkages and synergies it promotes between the two pillars of our economy, industry and agriculture. Fast growth in the food processing sector and simultaneous improvement in the development of value chain are also of great importance for Indian agriculture both in the domestic and the international markets.

The food processing industry is presently growing at 14 per cent against 6-7 per cent growth in 2003-04. The Indian market holds enormous growth potential for snack food, which is estimated to be worth EUR € 2.2 billion. The food and grocery market in India is the sixth largest in the world. The 'India Food Report 2008', reveals that the total amount of investments in the food processing sector in the pipeline for the next three years is about EUR € 16.4 billion. India has set itself a target of doubling its processed food production by 2015, and will set up 10 food technology parks during the next year with a view to achieving this.

Road ahead

According to the India Food and Drink Report Q3 2008 by research analysis firm Research and Markets, by 2012, India’s processed food output is likely to grow by 44.2 per cent to touch EUR € 64.1 billion, while packaged food sales will increase by 67.5 per cent to reach EUR € 15.42 billion. On a per capita basis, per capita packaged food spending is expected to grow by 56.5 per cent to EUR € 13 by 2012.

Multi National R&D in India in the ICT sector

Research and development (R&D) has been a hallmark for IT companies across the globe. It is their endeavor to develop new products and bring them to market in the shortest possible time at the lowest possible cost with the best talent around that has given an impetus to the establishment of R&D centers in different countries. Our country has Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, AMD, NetApp, Adobe, Intel, EMC, or Quantum and all have R&D centers in India and a significant portion of their product development is carried out from here.

India’s talent pool has attracted MNCs to set up R&D centers where they are developing cutting edge technology solutions according to Mr. Nivedan Prakash.

India is one the largest end-markets for semiconductor devices in the world. It is growing exponentially due to the rapid growth being experienced in segments like telecom and IT, and the proliferation of end-user equipment like mobile phones, computers and consumer appliances."

Development centers of MNCs in India are significantly contributing to the vision and strategy of their parent corporations by world class delivery, processes and high quality engineering and services talent. The increased number of international companies and continuous grwth of engineering human resource is a clear indication of the country's high quality skill capability. In India, there is availability of a large engineering talent pool and cost advantage as compared to other countries has been one of the key growth drivers for the industry so far.

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Graphs determining Indian organisations in FP7 (Call 1, 2 and 3)

a) Indian organisations participating in FP7

The European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme has observed the participation of Indian research institutions and organizations in nearly 70-75 projects across 10 thematic areas under ‘COOPERATION’ and in other ‘Specific Programme’ including ‘PEOPLE’ and ‘CAPACITIES’ have participation of more than 85 Indian organisations.

Indian organisations participating in FP7

b) Thematic wise break up of Indian organisations

In FP7 Call1, 2 & 3, numerous Indian organisations have participated in the following thematic areas such as: Health, Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotechnology, ICT, NMP, Energy, Environment, Transport, SSH, People, Research infrastructures, Science in society, INCO.

Thematic wise break up of Indian organisations
Did You Know
Indo-Spanish Joint Programme of Cooperation in Science and Technology
The programme’s aim is to strengthen the bilateral collaboration between scientists and researchers from the both India and Spain by way of joint R&D projects, exchange visits and technical missions. This programme invites Indian and Spanish researchers to submit proposals for cooperative research projects in the research areas such as Renewable Energy, Information Technology (including Computer Science), Health and Medical Research, Life Science and Biotechnology (including Pharmaceuticals), Agriculture Technology and Food Processing, Nanotechnology.
Indo-Slovenian Bilateral Scientific Cooperation - 2009
This programme intensifies interaction and the scientific cooperation between Indian and
Slovenian Scientists/Institutions, it extends support for joint research projects involving exchange of visits between two nations. Investigators are required to have a concrete and sound research proposal on the following areas: - Health and Biomedical science, Metal Sciences and New Materials, Polymer Chemistry,  Mathematics, Electronics, Alternate Renewable Energy Sources, including Solar Energy, Food Technology.
Indo German (DFG-DST) Programme
Under the Indo-German (DST-DFG) programme, DST and DFG intend to invite new joint research proposals in fields covered by both funding agencies for support. The programme complements other existing Indo- German scientific exchange programmes by offering more substantial funds for outstanding Indo- German research projects including exchange visits. The joint research project proposals shall be prepared jointly by collaborating researchers from both countries. The proposals will be evaluated independently on both sides by a peer review system on the basis of scientific quality, merit of the scientific cooperation and on the composition of the project teams.
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a) Network of National Contact Points (NCPs)
NCP in India operates through Indian Research Support Network which has been nominated for ICT thematic area by Department of Information Technology (DIT). It is composed of 3 main organisations namely:
National Contact Points are the main structure to provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Seventh framework programme.
It is supported by Euro India Research centre (EIRC) in all activities to enhance collaborative research between European and Indian organisations
b) EIRC services
The following are the services offered by EIRC:
  • Introduction into Frame work Programme
  • Roadmapping: Charting organizational competencies against FP priorities
  • Benchmarking of project ideas against relevant past and current frontier research
  • Conducting training and workshops
  • External assistance to proposal writing
  • Project partner search
  • Consulting on the programme
  • Networking
  • Project management.
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To keep you informed on the facilitation between Indian and EU organistaions to conduct Joint R&D in ICT sector visit EIRC website (www.euroindiaresearch.org).

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