The director of School of Agriculture MK Saluja says that "The Government has set up a National Mission of Food Processing and is giving priority to food processing. The aim of this programme is to develop human resource for the growing food processing sector and provide knowledge and technical competencies to address the emerging issues of processing, product development, foo safety, marketing, export and sustainable use of resources".
It is a one year programme which would cover areas as food chemistry and nutrition, food microbiology, food processing and engineering, quality control and food packaging, among others. In the second semester, students can choose their specializations, diary processing and cereal, pulses and oil-seeds processing. 40% of the academic component will focus on the practical aspects; he added.
He further said the IDNOU is also in the process of setting up a food processing lab. The lab will focus on building infrastructure for food processing and food analysis. "The ministry of food processing industries has given Rs. 75 Lakh grant-in-aid to the university to establish a food processing lab for running this programme. This laboratory will be used as a model study centre for conducting the practical classes for students".
The practical classes will be conducted at the IGNOU Campus, New Delhi and in some selected programme study centres. As a part of the course, students have to compulsorily undergo a one-month training.
For Admission details please click on IGNOU-PG Diploma In Food Science and Technology.