The Institute of Food Security, under the aegis of the Food Corporation of India, has established itself as a knowledge hub in the field of Food Security Management of the country. It strives to be a professionally excellent, technologically superior centre for training and research, facilitating overall development of professional managers and providing research-based support in strategy formulation for achievement of FCI's corporate goals.
FCI has established a comprehensive and a structured training mechanism in accordance with its organisational goals. This mechanism has been perfected over a period of time. The training set-up in FCI initially consisted of 4 Zonal Training Institutes (ZTIs) and one Central Training Institute. The ZTIs that primarily catered to the zonal training needs of Category-III employees of the Corporation were located one in each zone except the North East. The Central Training Institute (CTI) was set up in the year 1971 in leased premises at New Delhi. CTI was given the responsibility of catering to the training requirements of Category-I & Category-II officers of FCI. As CTI's activities grew, a growing need for infrastructural expansion was felt. FCI thus decided to have its own building for its Central Training Institute at Gurgaon.
The Institute became operational at its new premises from 1st August, 1997, and the first training programme was conducted from 2 nd February 1998. It was in the year 2004 that the name of the institute was changed to ‘Institute of Food Security' in order to provide a holistic expanse to the training curriculum and the activities of the Institute. This development took place in the backdrop of a decision to abandon the Zonal Training Institutes. Since then, the Institute of Food Security has been positioned primarily as an in-house training centre for the Food Corporation of India.
The Institute of Food Security functions as a division of FCI Headquarters, New Delhi. All the academic and administrative affairs of the institute are managed by the Director. The administrative sub-functions are assigned to various sections as per the FCI's manpower deployment practices. Each section is headed by a Manager who is supported by a team of Assistants to look into the routine execution of the task. The administrative ability of Asstt. Genl. Managers who primarily work as faculty members is also used in the Institute as they are designated as Officers in-charge of some of the sections. The Institute is committed to the Quality Policy & Quality Objectives of the Food Corporation of India. Based on these and in alignment with the Training Philosophy, the institute has established its divisional objectives.
The Institute of Food Security as a centre of Human Resource Development of Food Corporation of India will provide a complete solution to the training needs for the Executives of the Corporation. It will provide need based training to each executive up to the level of Dy. Manager at least once in every 3 years for enhancement of available knowledge and skill. The Institute will strive for continuous improvement in its own function by making constant evaluation of its training standard parameters and taking timely corrective and preventive action. The Institute will take up training / consultancy assignments on commercial basis for external clients with the target of increasing revenue generation by at least 15% each year and to be self reliant in the long run future by out sourcing the infrastructure to other companies.
The institute has sanctioned strength of 7 AGMs as members of faculty, supported by adequate number of efficient associate faculties. Talent scouting is done for in-house subject specialists with a brilliant academic and professional background as well as varied experience in operations. The institute also draws support from experienced senior executives of FCI and professionals from other institutions. Selected faculty are put through structured faculty development training to give further needed skills and instil a training culture. Constant rotation of talent between operations and training ensures a continuous process of renewal and also anchors the system to the realities of practical management. The faculty members are regularly deputed to various premier management institutions in India to attend intensive functional training and management development programmes. The institute has set up Academic Council by co-opting all the Executive Directors posted at the FCI headquarters. The Council provides continuous guidance in the regular training and updation of study materials.
The Quality Control Lab of the Institute is acclaimed as the most advanced laboratory amongst the various units operating in FCI. It is equipped with some of the highly sophisticated modern instruments like Ferinograph, Amylograph, IR-Protein Analyzer, Falling number apparatus, Alveograph etc. These equipments are used for the high precision analysis of food grains required for the purpose of training, testing and research.