The Mehsana District Co-operative Milk Producers' Union Ltd. was established in the year 1960 with a noble intention of ensuring a fair return to the milk producers. It is a district level apex body of milk cooperative societies in Mehsana. The Union has made a successful journey of 54 years since its foundation in 1960. During the celebrations of Golden Jubilee year 2010, the members and the management took ‘Golden Pledges’ of which one was to establish an educational and research institute in the field of Dairy and Food science to cater the future need of Dairy Industry for skilled dairy technocrats. Thus, the Mehsana Union established an unaided educational & research institute in 2011 known as Mansinhbhai Institute of Dairy & Food Technology (MIDFT) under the aegis of Dudhsagar Research and Development Association (DURDA), a trust functioning at Mehsana District Co-operative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd. The institute has been named in the memory of the Union’s founder chairman late Shri Mansinhbhai P. Patel. It is envisaged that MIDFT will open new avenues for the sons of the soil to flourish using innovative and state-of the- art technology in time to come.
- “To be recognized as a Global Educational Institution and to evolve as a Centre of Excellence for the Dairy & Food Industry”
- To mould individuals into future professionals and entrepreneurs in the world of Dairy & Food management.
- To facilitate and support new innovations and technologies in the Dairy & Food industry.
- To introduce and sustain international quality standards in the Indian dairy industry and secure an abundant future of India.
Resources and Facilities
MIDFT at present is located in a spacious triple storey building located on the lush green campus of Dudhsagar Dairy. The building encompasses administrative block, fully furnished class rooms, laboratories, library, faculty room, meeting room and other amenities. Two Auditoriums located nearby as a separate building are being used by MIDFT occasionally for various programmes. The infrastructure facility created or near completion is detailed.
Laboratory and scientific instruments
The facilities are adequate for smooth conduction of practical of students Further, in addition to this, the facilities available at central QC lab., market milk processing plant, UHT plant, flavoured milk processing plant, workshop, and boiler section of Dudhsagar Dairy and the facilities of Sahyog are also been used for the academic/practical activities of MIDFT. The instruments for practicals of Fluid Mechanics were installed and practicals are carried out in engineering lab. Students visits at Ganpat University, Kherva, Saffrony Institute of Engineering for field visits.
Library and information facility
MIDFT maintains a pace and is taking keen interest in updating and modernizing its library right from the initiation to ensure the availability in enough numbers of books for the students. The library is flourished with varied titles of not only text books but also with reference books. There are a total of 1747 books of different dairy subjects in library. It has subscription of several journals and periodicals. Back volumes of scientific journals and annual reports of organizations related to dairy industry is also subscribed. Students are facilitated with e-content (e-books), Glossary of Important terms and reference notes of concerned subjects which are present in hard and soft media. The library is managed and maintained using an application software LMS –Moodle for e-learning and all the activities are been uploaded with the Campus Management Software after bar-coding generating database of new arrivals, cataloguing, coding, tracking record, issue record, student library etc. MIDFT has subscribed more than 50 magazines and journals of various subjects for library.