Tirupati Current Affairs - 2020

Cabinet approves establishment of permanent campuses of two new IISERs at Tirupati and Berhampur  

Union Cabinet has approved establishment and operationalisation of two new permanent campuses of the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) and Behrampur (Odisha). Cabinet also has approved creation of two posts of Registrar, one in each IISER.

Key Facts

IISERs will provide top quality science education at undergraduate and postgraduate level, PHDs and Integrated PHDs levels. Both IISERs will be constructed on campuses having area of 1,17,000 sqm and shall be completed by December, 2021.  They will have complete infrastructural facilities for 1,855 students each. IISERs will be carrying out research in frontier areas of science and will enable India move towards knowledge economy by attracting best scientific talent as faculty and prepare a strong base of scientific manpower in India

Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER)

IISERs are a group of most premier statutory science education and research institutes in India of national importance. ISERs are envisioned to be the IITs of Basics Sciences. These institutes were created under The National Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2010 (which had amended National Institutes of Technology Act, 2007).  So far seven IISERs have been established across the country, namely IISER Kolkata (West Bengal), IISER Pune (Maharashtra), IISER Mohali (Punjab), IISER Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), IISER Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), IISER Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh) and IISER Berhampur (Odisha).

Indian Culinary Institute inaugurated in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. It is promoted by Union Ministry of Tourism. The ICI building was designed by National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC).

Indian Culinary Institute (ICI)

The main objective of ICI  is to institutionalize mechanism to support efforts intended to preserve, document, promote and disseminate Indian Cuisine. It also seeks to meet sectoral requirement of specialists specific to Indian Cuisine and promote cuisine as niche tourism product.

It will be centre of excellence that will offer structured regular programmes of study specific to culinary arts and culinary management. It will also promote research and innovation, organize demand driven certificate and diploma courses. It will also document and create data base specific to Indian cuisine and commission studies and survey on cuisine. It will also provide appropriate training platform at par with elite “Chef Schools” functioning in different parts of developed world.


At present In India, there is no formal education specific to Indian cuisine, culinary art. Besides, there was no regular credible institutional source at apex level for supply of cuisine specialists to sector. There was also no institutional mechanism to document and disseminate knowedge related to cuisine and gastronomy. There is also dearth of state-of-the-art training ground to groom top-of-the-line chefs of international standards.  ICI will help to remove all these bottlenecks.