Department of Food Technology
The Department offers B.Sc. (Hons.) in Food Technology. The department aims to educate and develop undergraduate and graduate students for leadership roles and to cater the need of the fast growing demand in the food industry, academia, and in Government sector. The main department is located on ground floor and the pilot plants are in the basement area. There are seven main labs viz. analytical lab 1 and 2, Food microbiology lab, Food and nutrition lab, Sensory evaluation lab, Food Engineering lab and Analytical instrumentation lab.
The department has well developed infrastructure. There are additional rooms for culture inoculation, sample weighing and sample digestion equipped with laminar flow chamber, electronic balances and digestion facilities respectively. The pilot plant I houses bakery and Ice-cream unit and Pilot plant II houses canning and dehydration unit. The departmental library has reference books, project reports and product development literature with computers and internet facilities for the faculty and students.
The analytical lab has sophisticated instrumentation facilities for students. Some of the Key instruments are :moisturometer, bursting strength tester, vacuum oven, brookfield viscometer, Abbes refractometer, penetrometer, hydrometer, viscometer, soxtec unit, fibrotech, kjeltech unit UV visible spectrophotometer, dehydrators, muffle furnace, polarimeter, Lovibond tintometer, Kjeldahl unit, vacuum evaporator, fermenter, Digital microscope and RM-PV estimation assembly. Bakery unit has planetary mixer, baking ovens, dough kneader, bread slicer, dough sheeter, sugar grinding mill, kitchen aid mixer etc. Microbiology lab has autoclave, incubators, binocular microscopes, BOD incubator, air sampler, Millipore filtration assembly, laminar air flow chamber, electronic colony counters etc. The lab also has high end equipmentswhich include HPLC system, texture analyzer, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, rancimat, fat analyser, protein analyser, reverse Osmosis plant and SO2 estimation assembly.
The department also hasa student council with an aim to promote studentsí ideas, interests, and concerns with teachers. Theyoften also help raise funds for wide activities, including conferences, workshops, seminars, industrial visits etc.