Food was, is and will be needed by all of us but the way we consume food has undergone considerable change. Newer products with same ingredients or sometimes new ingredients are available, Milk powder, different types of cheese, decaffeinated coffee, packaged juice, and ready to eat packaged food are all work of food technologists. These professionals work in development of manufacturing processes and recipes of foods and drinks. They work on existing and new ingredients and technology to invent new recipes and concepts and create specialized products.
What do food technologists do?
Food technologists are trained professional who are involved in the treatment, processing, preservation, and distribution of foods. Many food technologists are food scientists rather than engineers. These individuals also develop new food products, and also deal with sensory evaluation of food products. On the other hand food engineers design the process and machinery for making products with a consistent flavor, color and texture in large quantities.
Dairy Technologists are professional who use their skills and knowledge in improving the methods in production, preservation, and utilization of milk, cheese, ice cream, and other dairy products. They conduct experiments in such problems as preventing bacterial increase in milk during handling and processing, improving pasteurization methods, and designing better packaging materials, dairy equipment, or supplies. Dairy technologists specialize according to products like ice cream or cheese, or according to functional activity, as sanitation research or storage problems.
(1.) B.Sc. (Food science / food technology): PCM or PCB at 10+2 level can opt for under-graduate courses in food technology, food science and home science. M.Sc( Food science/food technology), eligibility criteria is B.Sc.( Food science/food technology).
(2.) B.Sc. Dairy Technology: 10+2 with Science with a minimum required percent of aggregate marks.
(3.) B.Tech. Dairy Technology: 10+2 with Science with a minimum required percent of aggregate marks and entrance test conducted at the National or state level.
(4.) M.Sc.: Graduation in dairy technology.
(5.) M.Tech in Dairy Technology: Eligibility criteria is B.Sc or B.Tech degree.
(6.) B.V.Sc. and Biotechnology courses are exempted from graduation courses in dairy technology. Such candidates can directly opt for masters degree programmes.
(1.) Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences , Delhi (Delhi University) Offers B Sc Food Technology ( Eligibility is atleast 60% agrregate and biology and mathematics both are compulsory. Best of 3 science subjects is considered for cutoffs.
(2.) Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women, New Delhi (Delhi University) Offers B Sc Food Technology
(3.) National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Sonepat, Haryana. Offers B Tech Food Technology through JEE Mains score .
(4.) Panjab University, department of chemical engineering offers B Tech Food Technology through JEE Mains
(5.) Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore
(6.) Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
(7.) University of Bombay, Mumbai
(8.) BITS Mesra Ranchi, Offers 5 years integrated BSc MSc Food Technology with exit option after 3 years.
(9.) IIT Kharagpur offers B Tech Agriculture and Food Engineering.
(10.) Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University, Chandigarh Offers BE Food Technology.
(11.) Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar (Uttarakhand) M.Sc. Food Technology, (M.Sc. in Food and Nutrition is available)
(12.) Dr. Babasabeb Ambedhar Marathawada University Aurangabad (B.Sc. with Food & Nutrition)
(13.) Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam (B.Sc with food technology)
(14.) Kakatiya University,Warangal (B.Sc. with Food and Nutrition)
(15.) University of Calcutta, Calcutta, B.Sc. with Food and Nutrition
(16.) University of Mysore, Crawford Hall, Mysore (Diploma Course Food Analysis and Quality Assurance/Food Science Technology)
(17.) University of Madras, Madras (B.Sc. with Food Preservation)
(18.) Chitrakoot Gramodaya Visbwavidyalaya, Distt. Satna - B.Tech. (Food Engineering)
(19.) Kanpur University, Kanpur (UP)(M.Tech. is also available)
(20.) Nagpur University, Nagpur B. Sc. Tech (after B.Sc)
A fresh food technology graduate from Delhi University gets on an average a starting salary of Rs.3 lakhs while post-graduates get higher salary.
Good opportunities exist in food processing industry in research and development and manufacturing. Food industries, rice mills, dairy industries, hospitals, food packaging industry, soft drinks manufacturers all employ food technologists.
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