Food technology courses attract a large number of students because of its novelty as an educational course and also because of the growing demand for food technologists in today's world of packaged and fast foods. Food technologists are mainly required in hotels, food industries, rice mills, distilleries and packaging industries. The Ministry of Food Processing Industries which started functioning since 1988 has given a tremendous boost to this sector in India.
Candidates seeking admission to the undergraduate programs in food technology need to pass the Higher Secondary or 10+ 2 examinations with physics, chemistry, biology or mathematics. For enrolling in a post-graduation course one should be a graduate in food technology or related areas.
The food technology courses give adequate training and knowledge to candidates regarding the quality analyzes of raw materials, packaging standards and methodology, health and hygiene parameters, processing techniques, storage and food value. They are also educated and trained to develop methodologies for extracting useful byproducts from industrial and domestic waste. The future of the food industries, on a global scale, is in the hand of food technologists.
Courses in India
The food technology courses cover the various aspects of food technology, microbiology, food preservation techniques, genetics and food packaging. Central food Technology and Research Institute, Mysore, is a premier institute for food technology courses. Apart from this, there are several other institutes best known for offering food technology courses in India.
B.Sc. with Food and Nutrition
Kakatiya University, Warangal 506009
University of Calcutta, Calcutta 700073
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marabwada University, Aurangabad 431004
University of Delhi, Delhi 110007
University of Mysore, Mysore 570073
B.Sc. with Food Preservation
University of Madras, Chennai-600005
University of Calcutta, Calcutta-700073
B.Tech. (Food Engineering)
Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidyalaya, Distt. Satna 485331
Jadavpur University (after B.Sc.) Calcutta 700032
Kanpur University, Kanpur 208024 (UP) (M.Tech. is also available)
B.Sc. Tech (after B.Sc.)
Nagpur University, Nagpur 440001
University of Bombay, Port, Mumbai 400032 (M.Sc. Tech is available in Food Technology and in Fermentation Technology).
M.Sc. (Food Science)
Andhra University, Visakhapatnam 530003 (A.P.)
M.Sc. Food Technology
Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology Pantnagar 263145 (U.P.) (M.Sc. Food and Nutrition is offered by the faculty of Home Science).
M.Sc. in Food and Fermentation Technology and Food Sc, Tech.
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (Punjab)
M.Sc. (Food and Nutrition)
University of Mysore, Mysore 570005 (after Home Science)
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore 641003
University of Agricultural Sciences, Krishinagar, Dharwad 580003
Scope in India
A food technologist can get the job of a Quality Assurance Manager, Production Manager, Laboratory Supervisor, Food Packaging Manager or as a technician in food processing and packaging industry or even as a research associate in premier institutes, universities and research and development units. A post - graduate candidate in food technology can work as a lecturer or an advisor in Government Colleges, Inspection Boards or Quality Control Cells. Companies like Hindustan Lever, Heinz, Kellogs, Nestle and many others recruit food technologists periodically for bringing about an improvement in their products. A graduate in home science, nutrition and hotel management can also fetch you good jobs in this sector.
Both the private and the public sectors provide lucrative job opportunities to food technologists. The hotel industries in particular are the leading job providers. The openings are mainly in the production and quality control departments. You can also work as food packaging technologist and food preservation managers in various food packaging industries.
You can work as a product development manager in a food research company to devise food products according to the needs of the consumers and effectively implement the products in an innovative way. You can also pursue your research work as a scientist abroad to formulate new product range and enhance the existing portfolio of products in various food research institutes. You can work as a sensory scientist to monitor organic properties like aroma, flavour and more. Even companies abroad recruit food technologists to ensure and monitor the quality and hygiene of food products in their contamination and adulteration prevention units.