Message from Chairman of the Congress after completion of the Congress
Dr. V. Prakash
Dear friends from all around the world,
Greetings from Dr. Vish Prakash, Chair of the 19th IUFoST World Congress of Food Science and Technology which was held during 23-27 October 2018 at CIDCO International Convention Centre at Navi Mumbai, India. I am very sure by now all the participants must have just settled down in their respective places after a very hectic one week programme at Mumbai during last week of October 2018 and travels.
The IUFoST World Congress whose strength was in high science and latest science which was deliberated in depth in the Key Note Addresses, Distinguished Lecture, Plenary Talks both from leading scientists and social groups, Special Addresses, Chair's Remarks in the Sessions, Invited Talks in the Sessions, Oral Presentations and a huge number of Poster Presentations, Expo Booths (record number of 90 exhibitors), IUFoST Young Scientist and Career Awardees, Business Conclave Sessions also and of course approximately 600 calories of lunch apart from Welcome Dinner, Fellows' Dinner, gala Dinner to keep the cranial system and gastronomy in the right humour !
Since then we have been receiving emails after emails regarding the Success of the Congress and how each one of the participant enjoyed the Congress by their own personal involvement, by making India's Premier Global Congress of Food Science and Technology raising the benchmarks to a much higher level. This perhaps is also reflective in the series of IUFoST Congresses in the last couple of decades and I might even mention even if there was an aorta of any skepticism for which IUFoST dwelt over the last 18 Congresses and not attempt to come to India earlier than this, perhaps has now turned the table around and I am sure the future Board of Directors might have already be planning the future Congress here in India !! This elevation of a higher level of orbit of Food Science, Food Technology, Food Engineering and Capacity Building as well as social reachout with relevant Science architectured the heart of the Congress. This was the result of hard work of 1743 days with meticulous planning and patience (of course, tonnes and tonnes were needed !) and under the circumstances in which the anchor and support was only our enthusiasm and optimism due to the turbulent situation of the Dollar value on the one side and down trend of the economy on the other side as IUFoST itself was settling down with a few turbulences thereby the challenges were plenty and many for Team India, ultimately all ended well with the cooperation of both the Global Team of IUFoST and the India Team of the Congress to perhaps hail this Congress with many superlative words by most of the participants and even now is pouring in!
But I as the Chair of Congress would humbly say Thank You to the Event Management and Knowledge Partners, M/s. MM Activ Sci. Tech. Communications Pvt. Ltd., who did a superb job of World Class Quality in perfect synchrony starting with 15 secs registration all the way to Dabbawallahs ! And to all the student volunteers and senior faculties who ran the sessions vibrating with the Chair of the Scientific Committee, Dr. P. G. Rao and Chair of the Poster Committee, Dr. M. C. Varadaraj. Mr. Jagdish Patankar never sat down but also kept Ms. Gwyneth Alphonso and her team as the Director – Conference and Mr. Mahinder Singh as the Expo Chief on their toes to ensure the harmony between the various programs well-tuned and to all the Participants, Hats off ! There we were already at the close of the Congress at 2.30 PM on dot on Saturday, 27 October 2018 as exactly planned two years before the Congress at Dublin and the remaining time of the day on 27 October 2018 was earmarked in Dublin for the General Assembly of IUFoST till 5.30 PM. That was the immaculate planning and a great harmony at Mumbai and Team, India brought in also a small piece of Pan India Bollywood dance on to the stage where some of the well-known faces of IUFoST and Indian Contingency danced perfectly well to the Indian tune and lyrics ! The Honorable Union Minister for Food Processing Industries who inaugurated the Congress indeed thanked the entire world Fraternity of Food Scientists and Technologists who had taken the pains to come to India for this Congress and to deliberate and come out with several solutions in different areas to set a path for vision for future of Food Processing which India not only is one of the leader and taking care of itself but shall take care of the needy world and also to reach out the markets through Innovative Food Science and Technology so that the farmers income is doubled reflecting the Vision of the Hon. Prime Minister of India. This was equally echoed by one and all throughout the Congress in almost all the sessions.
Once again thank you for being with us and making this Congress a great success which made a difference because of both individual and team work 24x7 not only from India but also global. Such is the power of hard work and concentration and focus when once our vision and goals were clear it was achieved with that confident optimism that the Team India had it throughout and was delivered with harmony.
Lastly but not leastly, here is a message for IUFoST :
If the hungry child matters to us across the globe, we together as Food Scientists and Technologists shall matter more to it beyond IUFoST and beyond Congresses. That's where India feeds its 120 million children every day, day after day with Noon Meals which is Hot, Tasty, Safe and Sumptuous and of course with the traditional and spicy touch and the motherly affection to each plate for the child and that's where we all matter to pour in that love and affection to that plate as the child eats the food with contentment and happiness and not worried about anything else but to fill the hunger with the lovely mid-day meal, that plate of love and affection ! The connection is between the child & the food and the food & the child. It is time we need to realize that humbleness as a child to learn more of Food Science and Technology day in and day out and apply it to society beyond improving our Curriculum Vitae for many positions in Organizations globally !
The website of IUFoST 2018 may not live too long and has to fade away to pay way for the New Zealand Website popping up when one puts the word "IUFoST World Congress" !So, good bye folks, logging out of website shortly !
"If IUFoST matters to us, together we shall matter to IUFoST" !
Do I see you all at Mumbai again shortly !?......... I hear a loud voice "Certainly Yes" ! ! When is the next and let it be earliest !! Young India is ready forever to receive you all the next !! Come down !
V. PRAKASH, Ph.D., FRSC
Chairman, 19th IUFoST World Congress of
Food Science & Technology 2018, Mumbai, India
Former Director of CFTRI, Mysore, India &
Distinguished Scientist of CSIR, India