With the popularity of ready-to-eat food, students are increasingly getting interested in learning the science behind it.
Daily chores such as buying vegetables, fruits and grocery have acquired a modern approach, says Anupa Siddhu, director, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi (DU), that offers BSc (Hon) in Food Technology.
“Since food is sold in shopping marts, malls and even online. This has created a need for people who can maintain the hygiene and safety of these food items. Thus, more and more students are considering food technology as a preferred career choice.”
Need for food experts
The rising trend of eating healthy and staying fit has also contributed to the popularity of food technology, says Afrozul Haq, dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Jamia Hamdard University.
“Considering the modern lifestyle, most of us thrive on packaged food items. This has given rise to the need for trained technologists who can maintain the hygiene level of these packaged items as well as work towards increasing the sustainability of them,” he adds.
“The primary goal of food technologists is to increase and maintain the shelf life of food items,” says Siddhu.
The course consists of components such as Food Science, differential equation, Chemistry, essential oils, flavouring, Basic Sciences, Food Engineering, Food Packaging and Food Safety and Hygiene.
“It is also mandatory for students to do an internship in a food organisation as part of their food technology programme, which exposes them to a wide range of areas that the industry has and makes them job ready as well,” says Siddhu.
Students can become food technologists in food organisations, policymakers on food hygiene and safety, to name a few.
Haq says that students can also work as managers in food technology companies where they are involved in checking the hygiene level of packaged food, maintaining the temperature in order to prevent spoilage.
Though India has emerged as a large market for packaged food, the research options are still limited. “India has to go a long way to create an ideal situation for research in this field,” he adds.
Big corporates are focussing on R&D, but most of the educational institutes are bereft of funds to conduct researches.