The National Sugar Institute, also known as NSI, has a long history when it comes to its name. The history of the National Sugar Institute goes way back to 1920. During the British Indian Government, the climatic conditions and the area of cultivation fuelled the promotion of the Sugar Industry in India. As a result, the Indian Sugar Committee was formed. The sugar section of Harcourt Butler Technical Institute was then taken over by the Government of India and was established under the “Imperial Institute of Sugar Technology” in 1936. After that in 1944, the administrative control of the “Imperial Institute of Sugar Technology” was transferred to the “Indian Central Sugarcane Committee”. After India attained its freedom in 1947, the name was changed to “Indian Institute of Sugar Technology or I.I.S.T.” Finally in 1957, the name of the institute was changed to “National Sugar Institute” when the Government of India got the administrative control under the Ministry of Food & Agriculture. It is now known to be the only Sugar Institute in the whole of Asia. National Sugar Institute is situated in Kanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh. This institute is majorly involved in the research, training, and advisory services for the sugar industry in the country. N.S.I. provides technical education, as well as training, in all branches of the sugar industry and its allied fields of research. This institute not only provides great assistance to the central government but also the state government in matters related to the sugar industry. This institute functions under the Department of Food and Public Distribution of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.


The National Sugar Institute offers various academic postgraduate diploma courses in different fields, such as Sugar Technology, Sugar Engineering, Industrial Fermentation, Alcohol Technology, etc. In addition to this, sugar boiling and pre-harvest cane maturity surveys are conducted along with some refresher courses on the benefit of the industry personnel.


The student’s placement cell in the National Sugar Institute is managed by an efficient team of the office staff. The student placement cell provides the best assistance possible to the recruiters. All the activities from contacting companies, managing the arrangements for tests, pre-placement talks, and conducting final interviews are its main responsibility. The N.S.I. is known for its academic excellence and various sugar industries and organizations consider it to be the first stop when it comes to recruiting undergraduate as well as postgraduate students.

Notable alumni

Generations of students are known to be proud and connected to this institute. Many recognized students have graduated from this college. Some of them are listed below.

  • Dinesh Agarwal, an entrepreneur, Founder, and CEO of IndiaMART
  • Onkar Singh, a Researcher and Professor at Harcourt Butler Technical University, former Vice-Chancellor of Uttar Pradesh Technical University, and Founder-cum-Vice-Chancellor of Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology.
  • Anil Khandelwal, an Author, Speaker, and Corporate Advisor
  • Ramkumar Verma, the Poet
  • Anu Garg, American Author, Speaker and Founder of wordsmith.org
  • Yashvir Singh, Indian Politician
  • Keshav Dev Malviya, Political Leader
  • Raj Senani, an Author and Professor
  • Annasaheb M.K. Patil, Indian Politician
  • Gopal S. Mishra, Researcher
  • Surabhi Pandey, Researcher
  • H. M. Kansal, Director at JINDAL Group