In harmony with FCI's training philosophy and its mission, thrust areas have been identified for the Institute. The institute therefore serves as:-
i) An Institution for advanced learning
IFS is the main research and academic arm of the FCI for upgrading the knowledge and skills relevant for its employees. It provides state-of-the-art training to middle level and senior level executives, and re-equips them with contemporary skills and reorients their attitudes, thus attempting to create development of a learning organization.
ii) A Change Agent
The institute is a change agent in the overall functioning of the Food Corporation of India and facilitates the ushering in of professionalism in the Corporation by acting as a catalyst for change in attitudes and orientation of FCI staff through its structured programmes.