Setting Up/ Up-gradation of Quality Control/ Food Testing Laboratory
This component is intended to provide common facilities for testing of food articles to both producers and consumers. The major objectives are:
To establish a surveillance system for monitoring the quality and composition of food;
To analyze the samples received from processing industries, and other stakeholders;
To reduce the time for analysis of samples by reducing transportation time of samples;
To ensure compliance of International standards on food in case of exports as well as imports.
Under the Scheme, the Central/ State Governments and their organizations/ Universities (including deemed universities) are eligible for grant in aid of entire cost of the laboratory equipments. In addition, they are also eligible for 25% of the cost of technical civil works to house the equipments and furniture & fixtures associated with the equipments for general areas and 33% for difficult areas. All other implementing agencies/ private sector organizations are eligible for grant-in-aid to the extent of 50% of cost of laboratory equipments and 25% of the cost of technical civil works to house the equipments and furniture & fixtures associated with the equipments for general areas and 70% of cost of lab equipment and 33% of technical civil works for difficult areas. This includes 5% of the grant amount as professional fees for Programme Management Agency (PMA) engaged for providing advisory and implementation services to Food testing/ Quality Control Laboratories and follow up actions.
When the Ministry establishes/ sponsors such food testing laboratories, there is no ceiling to financial assistance and the amount to be approved will be decided on case to case basis.
Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Higher Educational Institutions (FIST)- In recent years, great concern has been expressed about lack of infrastructure facilities for imparting good quality higher
education and conducting advanced research. While the departments in universities and other higher educational institutions had made some impact on the development of teaching and research through their own efforts, a stage had reached where they needed selective strengthening of their infrastructure for post-graduate education and research in emerging areas. It had also become necessary to extend such infrastructure support to other higher technical and medical educational institutions. Considering all these factors, the new scheme "Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (FIST)" was launched in 2000-2001. For more details visit