The construction of Indian Culinary Institutes (ICIs) at Tirupati and Noida is all set to begin, with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Indian Culinary Institute (ICI) Society and the National Buildings Construction Corporation Ltd (NBCC) at the Ministry of Tourism, New Delhi. The MoU was signed by Dr. Preeti Srivastava, Joint Secretary & Ex-officio Director, ICI on behalf of ICI Society and Rajendra Chaudhari, Director (Commercial) on behalf of NBCC Ltd. Vinod Zutshi , Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism also graced the occasion.
Foundation Stones for both the Institutes have already been laid. Andhra Pradesh government has transferred land measuring 14.21 acres at Tirupati in favour of ICI Society for construction of ICI Tirupati.
The main objective of setting up of ICI is to institutionalise a mechanism to support efforts intended to preserve, document, promote and disseminate the Indian Cuisine, meet the sectoral requirement of specialists specific to Indian Cuisine, as also of teachers, and promote cuisine as a Niche Tourism product. The need for ICI is felt as the formal education specific to Indian cuisine, a culinary art, with pan-India sweep is conspicuous by its absence.