Students are required to study value-addition courses, along with the foundation and core courses.  The value addition courses are: English, Foreign Languages (any one), such as French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese, Behavioural Science-I (Understanding self for effectiveness), II (Problem solving and creative thinking), III (Interpersonal Communication), IV (Relationship Management), V (Group Dynamics and Team Building) and VI (Stress and coping strategies), and Communication Skills – I, II, III & IV.


"Career prospect for food technology professionals"

Food Processing Industry is a sun rise industry with very good job prospects in India and abroad. Food Technology has revolutionized the food habits of the people in our country by offering cooked and securely packaged foods in attractive forms. Consumption of processed foods is noticeable across almost all sections of the population.  As a result, the market for processed food is growing very fast. 

Food Processing industry in India is employment intensive. Currently it generates employment for about 20 lakhs people and will generate new jobs to the extend of 2.5 lakhs every year.  In many advanced countries food industry is the largest industry.  With the growth of food processing sector speeding up from 6-7 percent prior to 2004 to around 14 percent at present (2009), the level of processing has gone up from 6 percent to 10 percent and of value addition from 20 percent to 26 percent. With such a scenario, there will be no problem of employment for qualified food technologists in future in our country.

There is a plethora of opportunities mainly in food processing industry including wheat, rice and baking industry, dairy industry, fruits & vegetables processing industry, meat, fish and poultry industry, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks including wine & beer industry, spices and condiments industry, flavour industry, confectionery, quality control, R & D, food packaging industry, pharmaceutical industry, food processing machinery designing and fabricating industry; and research & educational institutions.

Food Technology professionals, after graduation are qualified to man various positions of responsibility in public and private sectors such as Supervisors, Assistant Managers, Production Managers, Food Packaging Manager, R & D personnel, Food Scientist, Food Development Manager, Quality Control Officers, Sensory Scientist, Food Safety Auditors, Food Stylists,  Marketing / Sales personnel in Food Processing Industry, Quality control cells or laboratories and Marketing Management, Central and State Government positions in different projects under Food Processing Industries Ministry, Government of India and State Agriculture Ministries.

Multinationals (MNCís) in Food Processing Sector

Govt. of India is giving subsidy and providing loans through nationalized banks to encourage entrepreneurship programme which in turn leads to setting up own business.  There are food industry giants, global and domestic – entering with huge investments in India.  The major multinationals already present in the country are Nestle, Pepsi, Coke Cadbury, Delmonte, Hershey’s, Pilsbury, Kelloggs, Conagra, Unilevers, Perfetti, Glaxo, Smithkline, Heinz, Wyeth, Ajinomoto, NissinMet Walmart and many others.  Some of the Indian Giants in this sector are ITC, Dabur, Britannia, Parle, Amul, Haldirams, Bikanervala, Shaktibhog, Dharampal Satyapal, United Breweries, Silver oak and Godrej.  The Indian multinationals entering into the food industry with full vigour are Reliance, Bharti group, Tatas, Wipro, Thapars, Birlas, etc. These Food Industry companies open up enormous employment opportunities for qualified B. Tech. (Food Tech.) graduates.
Food Technology is a very noble profession. The quality of food is the basic necessity in life, right from the infant stage to the old age.  Food processing attributes have, therefore, direct bearing on the sustenance of life.  The scope of Food Processing / Technology shall always be on the rise, in any part of the world, in order to meet the requirement of nutritious, healthful, delicious and safe food for each and every human being.
A fresher / trainee after B. Tech. (Food Tech.) degree in food technology can expect a salary package of ranging from Rs.2.5 lakhs to Rs. 3 lakhs per annum.  However, experienced B. Tech. or M. Tech. (Food Tech.) degree holder can get a salary in the range of Rs.3 lakhs to Rs. 4 lakhs per annum to start with., depending upon the individuals skills and caliber.  With the stepping-in of multinational companies in India, the job prospects have become more lucrative.  On gaining experience, salaries increase commensurate with the nature of responsibility, length of experience etc for qualified personnel.  As the expertise in the field advances, sky is the only limit for B. Tech., M. Tech., personnel as far as remuneration and other benefits are concerned.

The growth of food processing industry has been recession proof. When the entire world faced economic downturn, the food processing industry in India continued to grow with hardly any lay off or retrenchment