B.Sc (Honos.) Food Technology
The Indian food industry is poised for huge growth, increasing its contribution to world food trade every year due to its immense potential for value addition, particularly within the food processing industry. The Indian food and grocery market is the world’s sixth largest, with retail contributing 70 per cent of the sales. The Indian food processing industry accounts for 32 per cent of the country’s total food market, one of the largest industries in India and is ranked fifth in terms of production, consumption, export and expected growth. It contributes around 8.80 and 8.39 per cent of Gross Value Added (GVA) in Manufacturing and Agriculture respectively, 13 per cent of India’s exports and six per cent of total industrial investment.
Across the world, food-processing sector has a large potential for growth and socio economic impact as it leads to income generation by creating jobs for rural poor and thus reduces the burden on agricultural sector. It also helps in reduction of wastage, value addition, foreign exchange earnings and enhancing manufacturing competitiveness.
This sector serves as a vital link between the agriculture and industrial segments of the economy. Adequate focus on this could greatly alleviate our concerns on food security and food inflation.
Food Technology is is a three year Degree program offering specialization in Fruit & vegetable Processing and Preservation, Milk & dairy products and Agro products processing in the I, II & III year respectively.
Curriculum details would include a suitable mix of general education and skill development which are designed for specific job roles in Food Processing industry. The course includes content which equip skill development component in the candidate. Each year includes practical as well as theory courses which impart appropriate and relevant knowledge to the Food Processing industry. The candidate will be exposed to project work and on the job training in the industry as well.
Various visiting guest faculty from the Food Processing and Preservation Industry as well as the experienced faculty of the institute would be sharing their knowledge, information, experience, technology with students.
The eligibility condition for admission to Bachelors Degree programme shall be 10+2 or equivalent in any stream
Food Processing Industry is one of the major employment intensive segments constituting 12.13 per cent of employment generated in all Registered Factory sector With aptitude to work and requisite skills one can find employment as:
Research Scientists: Research scientists work towards enhancing yield, flavour, nutritive value, etc. of packaged food so that they have greater acceptance among consumers.
Food technologists: The fundamental work of food technologist is to offer techniques for preservation, conservation and processing of food items to be packaged.
Engineers: for planning, designing, improving and maintaining the entire processing system of a unit.
Organic Chemists: to ensure that there is proper method to convert raw materials to processed food.
Biochemists: Looking after the flavor, texture, storage, quality of packaged food products
Analytical Chemists: Working as quality analyst and checker, analytical chemists ensure prime quality packaging of foods and beverages.
Home Economists: Ensuring congruency of the instructions on the containers and the food products contained in it is the job of home economists.
Managers and accountants: Besides technical professionals, non-technical jobs such as managers and accountants work towards the management of the processing unit and in the supervision of the production process.
Some of the leading food processing companies in India have come up in joint collaboration with MNCs operating in India. While companies from developed nations provide technical expertise, Indian firms offer cheap labor and production centers.
Leading food processing companies in India include: Amul, Godrej Industrial Limited, Dabur India Ltd., PepsiCo India Holdings, Nestle India Pvt. Ltd., Britannia Industries Ltd., Parle Products Pvt Ltd and many more with various MNC’s as well.