So far 34 regular courses in Flour Milling Technology have been completed and 35th is in progress. In all, 673 participants have been trained so far. These trained personnel are serving in different roller flour mills in India and in various other countries. Aiming to meet the demand for the training on milling technologies, the school is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
International School of Milling Technologies (ISMT) is an education institute that was established under CSIR – Central Food Technological Research Institute (CSIR-CFTRI). Serving the industry with its 12-month Flour Milling Technology Program, the institute was established as part of a joint Indo-Swiss venture and Roller Flour Millers’ Federation of India project during 1981. Having started its 35th education term on 17 August 2015, the Flour Milling Technology Program is an effective training method that fulfills the needs of the milling industry.
TRAINING WITH PILOT ROLLER MILL
Dedicated to meeting the need for milling technology training for flour milling industry in India and other developing countries, the International School of Milling Technologies (ISMT) also enjoys the status of being the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. In ISMT, the students are taught milling systems as per the international and continental standards. In addition, the facilities and expertise of CFTRI with fully dedicated computer controlled pilot roller flour mill are available to students. ISMT is also equipped with analytical laboratory for testing physico-chemical attributes of raw material and finished products. In addition, test baking and pilot scale baking facilities are available for assessing quality of milled products. CSIR-CFTRI is having renowned library in the field of Food Science & Technology which is a National Information Center for Food Science & Technology.
So far 34 regular courses in International Flour Milling Technology have been completed and 35th is in progress. In all, till date 673 participants including 104 from some of the other developing countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Liberia, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Syria, Suriname, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, West Indies, Yemen, Zambia, have been trained. These trained personnel are serving in different roller flour mills in India and in various other countries. Since then, there have been qualitative changes in the working of these mills as per the feedback received from the milling industry.
The theory as well as practical subjects taught at ISMT is divided into four groups namely:
• Milling and Cognate subjects: Diagram Technique, Mill Operation, Mill Machine, Mill practice- I & II Automatic Milling practice and Cereal, Science and Baking Technology.
• Basic Subjects: Physics, Chemistry & Mathematics
• Applied subjects: Mechanics, Electrical Technology- Theory and practical, Energy; Management, Technical Drawing, Infestation Control, Packaging; Technology, Feed Milling; Nutrition, Computer Science.
• Study Tour: Study tour to various commercial Roller Flour mills & similar industries.
THE CURRENT COURSE CONTENT AND APPLIED TRAINING
The course also includes in-plant training at ISMT Mill (20 tons/day capacity) & Automatic Mill practical classes; wherein each participant will be Head Miller. Different Guest lecturers also attend courses on various other topics. The mill has been modernized with the latest machinery in cleaning and grinding sections, flour fortification, automatic flour handling and packing. The course has been gradually updated making it effective and responsive to the needs of the milling industry especially in developing countries of tropical areas. The course is intended to train best technical employees that are able to handle the challenges managing modern roller flour mills. Teaching faculty consists of highly qualified & experienced members drawn from CFTRI for covering different subjects for the course.
The prospective students of the International School of Milling Technology should firstly hold a bachelor’s degree in technology, engineering, science or related fields of universities. Senior year students may also apply by submitting their transcripts. The method of admission is based on admission score and grade point average. Weightage may be given for experience in flour milling/ sponsorship by flour milling industry for a limited number of seats. If required an aptitude test / interview will be conducted by CFTRI. The course fee is subject to changes for foreign students, and the school should be contacted for details. Selected candidates who join the course are to make their own arrangements of food and accommodation during the period of course.