Food Technology is a science which deals with the techniques and principles involved in processing and preserving the food substances. The application of food science helps in manufacturing safe, wholesome and nutritious food products. The study of food technology is to develop new methods and systems for keeping food products safe and resistant from natural harms such as bacteria and other micro-organisms. Food processing helps in preservation enhances the flavor and reduces the toxins in the food product which results in better distributional efficiency and easy marketing of the food product.

The modern food processing techniques is the key to flourishing supermarkets we have today. Extra nutrients can be added while processing the food and processed food is less susceptible to spoilage. Some of the techniques used are spray drying, juice concentrates, freeze drying and the introduction of artificial sweeteners, colorants, and preservatives. Of late, many products such as dried instant soups, reconstituted fruits and juices, and self cooking meals were developed for the convenience of working people.

The food processing industries are involved in processes such as primary and secondary processing, preservation, quality management, packaging and labeling of a variety of products such as dairy products, fish products, fruit & vegetable products, meat & poultry products, confectionery products and food grains.

Few courses offered in this field are: -

 

  • Diploma Course in Food Analysis and Quality Assurance
  • Diploma in Food Science Technology
  • Diploma in Food Science, Preservation and Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Preservation
  • Bachelor of Technology in Food Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science (after Bachelor of Science.) in Food Technology
  • Master of Science in Food Science
  • Master of Science in Food Technology
  • Master of Science in Food and Fermentation Technology and Food Science
  • Master of Science in Food and Nutrition

Basic Eligibility

UG:

 

For admission into an undergraduate course in Food Technology/ Food Science, a candidate should have passed 10+2 pass in science stream from recognized Board examination.


PG:

 

For admission into a postgraduate course in Food Technology/ Food Science, a candidate must have completed his/her Bachelor of Science/ B.Tech in Food technology/ food science from recognized university.


Others:

 

For admission into a diploma course in Food science, a candidate must have completed his/her 10+2 pass in science stream from recognized Board examination.


Specializations

Few specializations in this field are: -

 

  • Dairy
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Bakery and confectionery items
  • Oil and oil seed processing
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat- Fish
  • Cereals

Job Prospects

There are plenty of job opportunities for food technologists in the country. Food technologists are in demand in the sectors such as hotels, quality control, soft drink factories, food industries, packaging, industries, hospitals, distilleries and rice mills.

The major food processing companies such as Perfetti India Ltd, Godrej industries Ltd, Amul, Parle Products Pvt. Ltd, Agro Tech Foods, ITC Limited, PepsiCo India Holding, Britannia Industries Ltd, Nestle India Pvt. Ltd, Cadbury India Ltd, MTR foods ltd and Dabur India Ltd take up food technologists for monitoring the storage, temperatures, experimenting, processing and hygiene.
 
Food technology graduates also have the option to take traditional professions such as teaching and working in food research laboratories or even start up own business venture as a food consultant. Public Sector such as Food Corporation of India also employ food technology graduates and diploma holders in food technology can work as food Inspector and junior executive in  the state government.

Pay Package: -

The compensation offered in the industry of Food processing depends on the factors such as qualification, skills, work experience, job profile and contribution in the production process. However those professionals working in the field of food processing units in metro cities can earn attractive remuneration.

For a professional at an entry level can earn a salary ranging between Rs.8,000 to Rs.12,000 per month. Similarly, those with work experience can get a salary between Rs.15,000 to Rs.25,000 per month. For those at Senior management level with years of experience can expect a much high salaries in comparison with others in this field.

Engineering Colleges for Food Technology

A.D. Patel Institute of Technology

Anand, Gujarat, India

A.D. Patel Institute of Technology (ADIT), Anand a self-financed degree engineering college established by Charutar Vidya Mandal at Vallabh Vidyanagar. The college is affiliated to Gujarat Technical University and it’s an ISO...

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Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Hyderabad was established in 1964 and formerly known as Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University. The University was renamed as Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University in 1996 in...

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AMET University, Kanathur

Kanathur, Tamil Nadu, India

AMET University (AMETU), Kanathur was established in 1993 as a private maritime institute through Smt.Pattammal Educational and Charitable Trust. It was formerly known as Academy of Maritime Education & Training. AMET is India's...

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Amity University, Jaipur

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Amity University, Jaipur was established under the aegis of Ritnand Balved Education Foundation. The University imparts modern, practical and research-based courses whose goal is to make the students industry-ready. Case studies,...

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Amity University, Noida.

Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Amity University, Noida is a leading education group in India with over 1, 25, 000 students studying across 1000 acres of hi-tech campus. The Amity University has been established by an act of State Legislature and recognized by...

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Anna University, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Anna University, Chennai was established in 1978 as a unitary type of University. The Anna University, which is of the affiliated type, is a member of the Association of Indian Universities, the Association of Commonwealth Universities...

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Annamalai University

Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India

Annamalai University, Chidambaram established in 1929, is a unitary, teaching, and residential university. It has been accredited by NAAC with 'A' grade. It has unique good fortune of having a succession of eminent Vice-Chancellors to...

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Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore was established in 1975 as Sri Avinashilingam Home Science College for Women by the great patriot and educationist Dr. T.S. Avinashilingam under the auspices of the Avinashilingam Education...

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Bharath Institute of Science and Technology

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Bharath Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), Chennai was established in 1984 under the aegis of Sri Lakshmi Ammal Educational Trust with the aim of imparting higher knowledge in Science and Technology to the aspiring boys and...

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Bharath University, Chennai

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Bharath University , Chennai was established in 1984. The university was established under the aegis of Sri Lakshmi Ammal Educational Trust with the aim of imparting higher knowledge in Science and Technology to the aspiring boys and...

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