There are growing opportunities for food technologists in India with the increasing focus on packaged and fast foods. Career counsellor Usha Albuquerque gives advice to students who aspire to join this field in this column.
I am currently studying PCM in Class 12. I have an interest in food processing. How can I continue in the same field after Class 12 and what are opportunities? - Rajkaran
You can get into this field after doing a BTech/MTech in food technology or BSc/MSc in food sciences. Since you have PCM in Class 12, you can apply for BTech in food technology, or BSc food sciences. Delhi University offers BSc applied science (Hons) in food technology in Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences and Shaheed Rajguru College of App.Sciences for Women, while BTech in food technology is offered by several universities including Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Guru Jambeshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, MIT College of Food Technology, Pune, Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Agra, Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Kanpur and others. The BTech course is for four years. You can also get into the field of food technology by taking up BSc in bio-chemistry, home science, or any other life science followed by an MSc in food sciences or food technology. Some universities offering these courses include Allahabad Agricultural Institute- MSc (foods, nutrition and dietetics), College of Agricultural Technology (Parbhani) – MTech (food science), Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology – MTech (postharvest process and food engineering), and Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth – MTech (food science). There are growing opportunities for food technologists in India with the increasing focus on packaged and fast foods. Once qualified, you can work in the food processing industry, in soft drinks factories, in the food packing industry, and in hotels and catering establishments. Companies like Hindustan Lever, Pepsi, Kellogs, Nestle and many others recruit food technologists to develop new and improve existing food products and set standards for producing, packing and marketing food. A postgraduate candidate in food technology can work as a lecturer or an advisor in government colleges, inspection boards or quality control cells.
Send your queries at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Career Counselling, HT Education, 1st floor, HT House, 18-20, KG Marg, New Delhi-110001. The columnist is director of Careers Smart, and author of the Penguin India Career Guides Vol 1 and 2