Department of Food Science and Technology earlier known as Post Harvest Technology was established in the year 2010 which was carved out from the Department of Pomology in 1987 to meet the ever-growing demand of developing appropriate technologies for post-harvest management and food-processing. Our teaching and research programs are designed in a way that the students are taught by academicians who are leading researchers in their fields to expose the students to the recent trends and challenges in the field.
The research funding is mainly through externally funded research projects on post harvest management, value addition, preservation and processing through Government and private agencies, viz., ICAR, AICRP, MOFPI, DST, DEST, NHB, UGC, HIMCOSTE, APEDA etc. The department has achieved distinction in research on all aspects of food science and technology with special emphasis on the post harvest management and value addition of fresh horticultural produce.
Department has published more than 200 research publication with more than 6.0 NAAS rating (96 in last five years) in leading national and international journals with average h-index of faculty as 10.5. In addition, more than 25 books, 10 practical manuals and over 1000 popular articles for technology dissemination to farmers and entrepreneurs has also been published. Department in its journey of over 35 years has been able to generate useful human resources for the country in the form of 152 M.Sc. and 53 Ph.D. students.
The department offers degree programmes for:
Technologies /Process developed
Technologies published in Package of Practices of Horticultural Crops: 33
Patents Filed/Published/Granted: 7 published and 3 filed
Technologies commercialized: 9
BIS quality standards developed: 1 [Dried pomegranate arils(Anardana)-IS18262:2023]
To disseminate various technologies on postharvest management, processing, value addition and preservation by different communication means for better adoption among the farmers in the field and enhance income of farmers, stakeholders and entrepreneurs.