What do astronauts in space and soldiers safeguarding the country's frontiers in sub-zero temperatures have in common. Both survive on specially packaged food.

That is the value of packaging and it is not just a corrugated box, an air-tight pouch or a compact sachet, chairman of the Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) A.V.P.S. Chakravarthi said.

Addressing a press conference along with founder member of the IIP S.S. Raju here on Monday, Mr. Chakravarthi said packaging industry had huge job potential.

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The institute was offering PG, diploma and correspondence courses in packaging along with three months and weeklong programmes, he said.With Hyderabad being the capital of country's pharmaceutical industry, there were vast opportunities for packaging sector. As food-processing, particularly horticulture and marine foods, was spreading rapidly in the State it was for the packaging entrepreneurs to grab the opportunity, not only for their growth but for creating job potential for others too, they said. They stated that the IIP was organising a three-day national packaging exhibition-cum-national conference on modern trends in packaging fresh fruit/food and pharmaceutical products, Indpack-2011, here from November 24 to 26.