CM announces Plast India International University, center of excellence, vocational training center in Gujarat


Gujarat Chief Minister today said the state government has taken a decision to set up first of its kind, internationally recognized ‘Plast India International University’ in Vapi in partnership with University of Massachusetts Lowell. She said the state government arm Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation(GIDC) will offer 40 acre land at concessional rate to set up this university.

Chief Minister while speaking at inaugural function of the 9th edition of Plast India 2015 at Gandhinagar today morning further said that the state government has approved a center for excellence for automobile in cooperation with CIPET and MS University, which will also facilitate innovation and incubation assistance. She said the state government will start a vocational training center for tribal youths in Dharampur to provide skill training. She said per year 2,000 tribal youths will be offered skill development training here.

Chief Minister today inaugurated the 9th edition of Plast India 2015 at Gandhinagar. Gujarat is the first state to host PlastIndia outside Delhi. Around 1,600 exhibitors from India and around the world will showcase their technology in the mega exhibition spread across an area of 1.25 lakh sq mts.

CM Smt Patel stated that plastic industry has proved to be a unique sector for India, playing a vital role in our country’s economy and overall development. On the foundations of skilled manpower, India can strive towards becoming International Plastic Hub with mantras of ‘Low cost and High quality product’ and ‘Zero effect, Zero defect’, she added.

Speaking about Gujarat’s plastic industry, CM Smt Patel shared that nearly 6500 plastic businesses invest Rs 2400 crore and extends employment to over 61,000 people in Gujarat. This way, Gujarat contributes nearly 65% to total output of India’s Plastic Industry, she added. She further said that to realize Gujarat’s potential in this industry, Government of Gujarat has identified plastic as one of the focus sectors in recently announced industrial Policy.

CM Smt Patel appealed to those present to contribute in making plastic industry environment-friendly. Currently, only 30% of plastic waste is being recycled, which should be increased further. More research and work is required in developing technology for recycling plastic waste that can be further used in various constructive ways, she added.

Bringing together manufacturing and consumer companies from across the world on one platform, PlastIndia 2015 will act as a gateway to boost the potential of country’s plastic industry. Country pavilions including that of UK, France, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, China, Taiwan, Korea and many more have also been included in this exhibition. Footfall of more than 1.5 lakh business visitors is expected during this event that will be open till February 10, 2015.

Finance Minister of Gujarat Shri Saurabhbhai Patel, Chief Secretary DJ Pandian were also present on the occasion. A two-day international seminar based on the theme of ‘Gateway to Innovation’ will also be organized.

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