Food Technology Department
The department of Food Technology at the Saintgits College of engineering was established in 2017. The goal of the department is to create industry-ready professionals with the right set of skills to work in Food Processing, Preservation, Safety, Quality Control and Analysis sectors. The department provides a 4-year B. Tech. degree with a curriculum that is a blend of food science, engineering, technology and management that caters to the need of the food industry sector. In addition, the department offers hands-on laboratory training, design project and well-planned course material that will help you stand out among the rest. The department offers tailor-made add-on courses to develop industrial skills. Faculty members of the department are certified trainers approved by FSSAI and moreover the Department of Food Technology is a training partner and conducts Training and Certification Program on Food Safety (FoSTaC), under FSSAI, Government of India. The department is committed to achieving excellence in teaching, research and outreach activities. In addition to dedicated dedicated academic, staff, our educational and research programmes are supported by excellent facilities including classrooms, and state-of-the-art laboratories. Food Technology faculties are active in different research activities funded by Government agencies as well as Industries. The major research interests include value added, safe and convenience food, food waste management, food microbiology, food packaging, design and development of novel products.
To emerge as a centre of excellence in education, research and consultancy in Food Technology
Create higher academic standard professionals in food engineering and technology, foster quality research, consultancy and entrepreneurship, and to motivate students to achieve the goals of food security and sustainable living through value addition and management of natural resources.
SCOPE OF FOOD TECHNOLOGY
The physical, mental and spiritual life is influenced by the quantity and quality of food consumed. One of the most important requirements for ensuring healthy population is to provide quality food in sufficient quantity. The food industry in the country looks forward to rapid growth with a change in socio-economic environment and food consumption pattern of the prospering population in general and of the youth in particular. Indian Food Processing industry is growing at a high rate per annum as compared to the total industrial growth in the country. A study conducted by Institute of Applied Manpower Research (IAMR) predicts that there is a wide skill gap at various levels in the food sector touching around 35 million by 2017. Thus, food industries are going to be major recruiters in the coming future. In spite of our advancement in the field of food research and technology, starvation, metabolic disorders, obesity, challenges from natural disasters and calamities and the need to meet the demands of society are the other major threats that food scientists and engineers are facing globally. Since the last decade, Government of Kerala as well as India has come forward with great revolutionary acts for empowering the field of food processing and food technology which is the real need of the century. As a result, the discipline of food technology has reached a rapid flourishing phase with immense growth potential and unique contribution to the development of our nation. B.Tech in Food Technology is a professional course and an engineering program which covers the technical concepts of starting from Post harvest Technology, Food Process Engineering, Food Analysis, Food Safety and regulations, Crop Processing Technology, new product development, food plant layout designing, machine designing, Packaging and Supply chain Management. It is an industry-oriented course that trains students for handling roles in food manufacturing, food processing, and food process equipment design as well as to conduct research in quality control laboratories. The career opportunities for Food Technologists include Food Scientist, Food Safety Officer, Product/process development scientist, Quality Control Officer, Food Analyst, Scientific laboratory technician, Technical brewer, Food Toxicologist, and Food Business Operator.
Welcome to the Department of Food Technology at Saintgits College of Engineering. The Department, which was established in the year 2017, envisions continual education and research in the field of Food Technology.
In spite of our advancement in the field of food research and technology, starvation still prevails in major parts of our country. On the other hand, the problem of metabolic disorders as well as obesity is common making the new generation lethargic. The challenges from natural disasters and calamities and the need to meet the demands of society are the other major threats that food scientists and engineers are facing globally. Another point to be noted is that our country was always forced to import processed foods which were made out of the raw materials which we exported due to lack of proper technology as well as expertise for processing it in our own country. This situation greatly affected the socio-economic scenario of the country, especially of Kerala, which is rich in various agricultural products, especially cash crops and raw materials for different food products. In recent times, with the help of information technology, awareness and expectations about the quality requirements in the hygiene and safety perspective of whatever we consume, has created many job opportunities in the Food production and Food Handling sectors. But there is a lack of suitable academic institutions and R&D organizations with appropriate research facilities and academic programs to meet these new requirements.
Since the last decade, based on all these aforementioned considerations, Government of Kerala as well as India has come forward with great revolutionary acts for empowering the field of Food Processing and Food Technology which is the real need of the century. As a result, the discipline of Food Technology has reached a rapid flourishing phase with immense growth potential and unique contribution to the development of our nation.
Keeping these in focus, our B. Tech. Food Technology curriculum is explicitly designed with specific courses and laboratory sessions, covering a range of disciplines like Post Harvest Technology, Food Process Engineering, Engineering Properties of Food materials, Food Product Development, Equipment designing, Food Plant Layout, Food Packaging, Food Analysis and Food Safety Management. For managing this, our Department is operational with most modern sophisticated equipments and facilities under the guidance of resource persons from various disciplines under Food Technology. Under the guidance of the University, our course curriculum will be reviewed and customized periodically as per the needs of sector. Other than just training the graduates with knowledge of basic engineering applicable to the food industry, the department as a training partner with FSSAI, offers courses outside the curriculum, making our candidates a perfect fit to the various job opportunities. The research side of the department is also strong with the help of awarded research funding as well as MoU’s made with prime Industrial Sectors and Universities.
I hope, you all will have a productive and ever cherishing experience at our department. Wishing you all the best.
Dr. Girilal M.
Head, Department of Food Technology
Thrust research Areas
- New Product Development
- Novel Food Processing Technologies
- Food Process Equipment Design
- Nutraceuticals and Functional foods
- Food Microbiology and Biotechnology
- Modelling and Simulation of Food processes
- Food Nanotechnology
- Sensory and Consumer Science
- Food Packaging and Storage
- Food Safety, Quality Control and Risk Assessment
- By-Product Utilization
What Saintgits Has To Offer?
- Equip you the right skill set to face the challenges in the food industry sector
- Participation in Government and Industry sponsored Projects
- Continuous Mentoring and Support
- Tailor-Made Add-on Courses to meet industry needs
- Membership to Professional bodies such as AFST(i)
- Develop entrepreneurial skills
Career Opportunities for Food Technologists
- Food Scientist
- Food Safety Officer
- Product/process development scientist
- Quality Control Officer
- Food Analyst
- Scientific laboratory technician
- Technical brewer
- Food Toxicologist
- Food Business Operator
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DEPARTMENT
- Placement through industry internships
- Government sponsored scholarship for students
- Skills training for upcoming entrepreneurs
- Consultancy and research for food industries
- Industrial visits to reputed food industries
- Training course in food products manufacturing
- Incubation facility Incubation facility for start-up industries
- Academics and industrial collaboration
- Approved FOSTAC training partner under FSS
ACADEMICS and PLACEMENTS
- Training programmes / Certificate course
- Lectures and information session by industrial experts & scientist
- Technical and non-technical mock interviews
- Students are sent to food industries all over India and abroad to do internship and projects
INDUSTRY TIE UP / COLLABORATIONS
- Memorandum of Understanding with HT Foods Pvt Ltd, CSEZ, Kochi.
- Saintgits College of Engineering signed MOU with Bell Foods Group (HT Foods Pvt Ltd), Cochin during World Food day as part of Industry collaboration by Department of Food Technology. Bell Foods Exim Private Limited is an ISO 2200-2005 Certified Company and is specialized in supplying frozen shrimps, cuttle fish, crabs, squid, grouper fish, octopus, vannamie and a range of processed sea foods for distribution in India and export to other countries worldwide.
ACADEMIC TIE UP
Saintgits College of Engineering signed MOU with National Institute of Plant Science Technology, MG University as part of Academic collaboration by Department of Food Technology. MG University has Recently Started Food Science and Quality Control Programme at School of Food Science and Technology
Dr Girilal M
Department of Food Technology
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