Oil Technologists' Association of India (OTAI)
Oil Technologists' Association of India (OTAI) is a non-profit organization, established in 1943 by Late Rao Saheb D. Y. Athawale, Ex-Principal of Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI), Kanpur and the then Oil expert to the Government of Uttar Pradesh. OTAI was registered under the Societies of Registration Act XXI of 1860 in 1945.
Since then the Association has been growing under the stewardship of distinguished Scientists, Oil Technologists and Industrialists. The Association has five zones with a membership of about 1600 in Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western and Central India with its Head Office at Kanpur. The Head Office and Central Executive Council of the Association co-ordinate national and international activities of its five zones.
In addition, the OTAI activities are also carried out by the Central Committees of the apex body like Publication Committee, International Co-ordination Council, Research Investigation and Implementation Committee. The Association keeps close liaison with several National and International bodies having similar aims and objectives.
The Association is represented in various national committees including Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), Inter-ministerial Co-ordination Committee on Processing of oil seeds, Ministry of Food and Civil Supplies, Government of India, National Oilseeds and Vegetable Oils Development Board of Department of Agriculture and Co-operation, Government of India. The Association also funds R & D projects at academic Institutes. The Association publishes a quarterly Scientific Periodical "Journal of Lipid Science & Technology" of international repute.
OTAI is an Association of Chemists, Engineers, Managers, Scientists, Technologists and Industrialists. Its objective is to promote the advancement of technology and research in oilseeds, oils and fats and other lipids and derived products. It also endeavors to encourage all round developments of proper processing and utilization of these products. In addition, OTAI helps in improving professional competence of Chemists, Engineers, Scientists and Technologists by disseminating relevant information regarding latest echnological developments by organizing lectures, symposia, workshops, refresher courses on different topics in the field of oilseed and edible oil processing, home and personal care products including soaps, detergents, oleochemicals and surfactants.
OTAI is playing a pivotal role in transferring the scientific and technological developments in the field of oils and fats to the industry.