Indian Plywood Industries Research & Training Institute
1962: Indian Plywood Manufacturers’ Research Association (IPMRA) was formed as a co-operative research laboratory under the umbrella of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for undertaking applied research on PLYWOOD, an important wood based panel material.
1970: The Institute was re-designated as Indian Plywood Industries Research Institute (IPIRI)
1978: Administrative control was transferred to the Ministry of Industry, Govt. of India so as to bring it under user Ministry
1988: Realizing the need for trained manpower for wood based panel industries, training facilities in Mechanical Wood Industries Technology were established with the assistance of Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)/Government of India (GOI).
1990: As recognition to the greater role of the Institute in conservation of natural resource, the administrative control was transferred to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Govt. of India.
1992: As a reflection to its premier position in training for Mechanical Wood Industries Technology as a centre of excellence, the name of the Institute was changed to Indian Plywood Industries Research and Training Institute (IPIRTI)
The Institute is conducting one year Post Graduate Diploma course in Wood and Panel Products Technology for young science and engineering graduates who are selected on all India merit basis. Training is biased in favor of the actual transfer of skills through hands-on experience at the pilot plant of the Institute simulating the factory conditions. Trainees are also exposed to the actual industrial environment through study tours. To develop communication skills amongst the trainees, seminar presentation and project works are also organized.
The main objective of the course is to prepare the trainees to shoulder various responsibilities in the wood-based industries. The course aims at imparting professional knowledge and skills with regard to processing technologies for efficient utilization of wood through conversion into the engineered wood and a variety of panel materials/products viz. plywood, particle/fiberboard, block board, flush door.
The course also includes processing technology on bamboo mat based panel products and adhesive technology. Standardization aspects with respect to quality management and BIS certification are dealt with in details. Working knowledge on the use of computers and internet is also imparted. Emphasis is given not only to theoretical background of various technologies but also the acquaintance with wood panel processing machinery and training imparted on the operation of machinery in laboratory and pilot plant scale.