The study of food science and its application in manufacturing and preservations of food products comes under Food technology course. It’s basically a branch of science which emphasizes upon the study of the physical, chemical, and microbiological structure of the food. Indian food processing industry is a rapidly growing industry because of increasing research and development done in this sector. Awareness of safe and healthy Indian recipes has also given rise to government focus on this industry. Several quality specifications have been created by government and industry for the processing, preservation, packaging, and storing of food products.
Courses available in food technology courses include B.Sc. M.Sc and Ph.D. candidates willing to join B.Sc. in food technology need to have cleared 10+2 or equivalent in science. B.Sc is a three year full time course. The eligibility criteria for M.Sc. in food technology is having Bachelor’s degree in science with chemistry. M.Sc is a two year full time course after completion of which candidates can opt for Ph.D. program. There are several jobs available in hotels, soft drink factories, food processing industries, research laboratories, manufacturing industries, distilleries, quality control and rice mills.
Several institutes in India impart quality food technology courses. Few of them are; Haryana Agricultural University in Haryana, Central Food Technological Research Institute in Karnataka, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathawada University, Mar Athanasios College for Advanced Studies in Kerala, Nagpur University, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University in Andhra Pradesh, Sardar Patel University in Gujarat, The Women’s Christian College in Tamil Nadu, University of Bombay in Maharashtra and University of Delhi.