National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have signed an MoU to create awareness in the field of food safety, hygiene and nutrition.
NIOS provides education at school stage up to pre-degree level through open learning system. Besides academics, NIOS provides around 100 vocational courses in different areas such as Agriculture, Business and Commerce, Engineering and Technology, Health and Paramedical, Home Science and Hospitality Management, Teacher Training, Computer and IT related sectors.
FSSAI, an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.
NIOS and FSSAI by coming together in a collaboration will not only create awareness about the need and requirement of food safety and hygiene but would also provide knowledge, skill and abilities to the learner to undertake employment (self/wage) in this key sector. The content developed by FSSAI on food safety and hygiene will also be incorporated in NIOS learning materials for home science and relevant academic and vocational programmes.