Food processing has been identified as the sunrise industry due to its enormous impact and significance in the Indian development sector. The importance of food & process engineering lies in the fact that it has the capability to provide food to our population through scientific conservations, eliminating available losses and making available more balanced and nutritious food. Recognizing the potential in this sector, the department was started in 2003.
The B. Tech. in Food and Process Engineering is a focused program with the main goal of training students in a broad based manner with equal focus on food engineering and food fermentation technology. The curriculum is designed to impart engineering knowledge in topics such as Unit Operations, Crop Processing, Food Preservation, Food Packaging and Food Safety & Quality Management.
The department offers a postgraduate program in Food & Nutritional Biotechnology that prepares scholars to become knowledge-driven professionals, by providing a learning environment strongly focused on collaborative and interdisciplinary research. A sum of Rs. 50 lakh has been sanctioned by the Ministry of Food Processing Industry as assistance for creating facilities for postgraduate studies.
The department is led by an experienced professor who has developed many food processing processes, gadgets/equipment and new value added food products. As food processing is an interdisciplinary subject in nature, the department shares the staff of chemical engineering, biotechnology and mechanical engineering.
The department has a research advisory committee headed by the Dean, School of Bio Engineering along with members comprising Head of the Department, Head of the Department of Chemistry and the Head of the Department of Bio-technology to coordinate academic research in the department.
Major events & achievements
The faculty members contribute to academia by presenting research papers in international/national conferences and by publishing in peer-referred high impact factor journals. Students of the department are also encouraged to attend student symposia for sharing their knowledge. There is a technical association in the department that conducts international/national level seminars, symposia and workshops.
To enrich the teaching-learning process by imparting real time experience, the department maintains close links with various food processing industries. The students are trained, for instance, on the basic engineering approaches to fruits and vegetables, grains, oil seeds, plantation crops, meat, poultry, and milk processing and preservation techniques. Students are sent for industrial training to Coca cola, Britannia, Pepsico, Hatsun Agro Pvt. Ltd., Frigoscan foodtech pvt. Ltd, Kwality Walls, Perfetti van melle etc.
The department prepares students to pursue leadership, technical and management positions in a variety of food based industries. Students have obtained prestigious placements at leading companies such as Britannia, Tasty Foods, Perfetti, Pepsi and Quatex.