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Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering & Technology (CIPET) (formerly known as Central Institute of Plastics Engineering & Technology (CIPET)) was established in 1968 by Government of India with the assistance of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at Chennai. The main objective of setting up of this specialized institute was to develop manpower in different disciplines of Plastics Engineering & Technology as no similar institute was in existence in the country. International Labour Organization (ILO) served as the executing agency. During the initial project period between 1968 and 1973, the institute achieved the targets envisaged and was rated as one of the most successful UNDP projects implemented worldwide. Today CIPET is a premier Academic institution for higher & technical education under the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Govt. of India fully devoted in all the domains of plastics viz:- Design, CAD/CAM/CAE, Tooling & Mould Manufacturing, Production Engineering, Testing and Quality Assurance. CIPET operates from various locations spread across the country to cater the needs of the Polymer and allied industries.


Post-independence, it became a matter of concern that Plastic Engineering & Technology was a growing science and yet there was not enough human resource to meet the demand. Imperative need was felt to establish CIPET -- the unique institute of its kind in the country and even today the institute holds a premier position. The primary objective of CIPET has been contributing towards the growth of the plastics industry through a combined program of education and research. The Institute has evolved through the years, creating closer ties with industries with the intent to create innovative plastic based solutions which are resource efficient and marketable. This has led to an exponential growth with activities and programs focusing on:

Technology Support
Skill Training


From our first location in Chennai, we now have 39 locations in 22 States and few more are in the process of Establishment. Every campus offers state-of-art facilities, turning out alumni with an innovative mind set and an entrepreneurial spirit. Our campuses are workshops for inventing the future, where students work with award winning faculty and experts to translate learning and research into action.


All the CIPET centres are equipped with state-of-the-art with excellent facilities in the areas of Design, CAD/CAM/CAE, Tooling & Mould Manufacturing, Plastics Processing, Testing and Quality Assurance with plan fund support from Government of India. In-line with the ever changing & challenging needs of the plastic industries, we continuously upgrade and modernize machinery, equipment and technology.


We have gained global recognition for our research & development in the niche areas of Polymer Science & Technology and high quality education & skill development in the field of plastics.

CIPET also plays a pivotal role in generating employment opportunities especially for unemployed and underemployed youth and promoting entrepreneurs though various skill development training programs.

CIPET believes strongly in sustainability and enriching institute-industry interface in accordance with the environment policies of the country while still being fit-for-purpose. Our sustained effort in creating awareness on environmental issues towards plastics and plastics waste management has been very well acknowledged by the industry.


CIPET has an enviable interface with its business and industry partners. We provide technical / consultancy services in design, tooling, plastics processing & testing for the benefit of plastics & allied industry. We have been in the forefront of strengthening technological capabilities and have been constantly building capacities and leveraging our expertise, calibre and skill sets to meet the emerging and evolving needs of the industry.

Over the span of 50 years, CIPET has been recognized for our work with a large number of industry clients for our Technology Support Services in the areas of design, tooling, plastics processing and testing and quality assurance. This includes governmental agencies as well as public and private sector industries, both in India and abroad.

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