B Tech. Food Technology Course, Colleges and Careers in Nepal

2019-04-22

Aashish Bohara


Tribhuvan Universityestablished in 2014 B.S. is the oldest University of Nepal. It has been playing a vital role in the education sector of Nepal. Pulchowk Engineering Campus, Maharajgunj Medical Campus, and Agricultural and Forestry Campus, Rampur (Currently Agricultural and Forestry University, AFU) are well-renowned constituent Campuses of Tribhuvan University in Nepal and overseas. In this mass next branch was/is being shadowed through many years though it was being established in 2036 B.S. (1979 A.D.) in Dharan. The Bachelor Degree in Food Technology, which is running under IOST by TU in Central Campus of Technology (CCT), Dharan.

Introduction

B Tech. Food Technology commonly called as BTech. (Food) was established in 2036 B.S. (1979 A.D.) in Hattisar, Dharan, whose main objective is to produce manpower related to Food Technology. 

Before B Tech. Food Certificate level was introduced in 2030 B.S. (1973 A.D.) which was terminated in 2036 B.S. for the establishment of BTech. (Food). This course is being run by Tribhuvan University under the  Institute of Science and Technology (IoST). Moreover CCT, Dharan is only government campus where Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in Food Technology are taught.


Rest there are 11 colleges under Tribhuvan University and a College of Applied Food and Dairy Technology (CAFODAT) in Kathmandu under Purbanchal University (PU) where a bachelor degree can be achieved in this field. Food Technology is one of the most emerging subjects in the world. Being related to Development, living standard, lifestyle its importance is being increased day by day. As we know food is a basic need for us. Its technology is complementary to be understood and use in the practical field. Without a sound knowledge of this technology healthy, balanced diet and quality food cannot be always obtained which may cause serious problems in present condition.

Objectives:

  • There are several objectives of the course, such as to produce food technology manpower. The few of main objectives of this course are: -
  • To provide knowledge in food science and the principles underlying food processing.
  • To provide food specialist in quarantine office, DFTQC (Department of Food Technology Quality Control Office) and its branch RFTQC.
  • To provide wider knowledge to students in advanced food engineering.
  • To provide skilled manpower in different food industries.
  • Minimize the loss of nutrients in food during processing, storage and distribution using various modern technology.
  • Preservation in safe way.
  • Bring variety in food products.

Career Opportunities:

  • After being graduated, students can gain their place in following areas, within Nepal and even abroad;
  • As food safety inspector, quality safety scientist and food engineer in DFTQC and its branch RFTQC.
  • As food safety inspector and quality safety scientist in Quarantine Office.
  • As operation manager and production supervisor in Different food processing industries.
  • As food safety inspector and public health officer in NGOs’ and INGOs’ which deals with food and nutrition.
  • Different standard hotels.
  • Food Chemists.
  • Professional taster of products.
  • Food technologist can develop their own products and start business of owns.
  • They can even establish their own food industry and develop new variety of food stuffs too.

Enrollment

The one who wishes to get enrolled in this field must pass ISc. or +2 Science or Certificate level of food technology/ laboratory technology or I.Tech. (Food) (TU has terminated this program later) with at least C Grade in all subjects from a recognized Board. All students are supposed to attain and pass the entrance exam which will be held in Bhadra by TU. You can grab the entrance exam application form from different colleges that offer this program. Students are selected according to the merit in the entrance examination.

Entrance Test Syllabus

  1. Physics - 20 marks
  2. Chemistry - 20 marks
  3. Mathematics - 20 marks
  4. English - 20 marks
  5. Food Related Aptitude - 10 marks
  6. G.K. - 5 marks
  7. IQ - 5 marks

Total - 100 marks

Study Course

The course is divided into 4 years of total 2000 marks as;

First Year

  1. Physics..................100 marks
  2. Chemistry...................100 marks
  3. Math & Statistics..................100 marks
  4. Instrumental Techniques of Analysis..................100 marks
  5. Basic & Food Microbiology..................100 marks
  6. Basic Principle of Engineering..................50 marks

Second Year

  1. Food Chemistry..................100 marks
  2. Principle of Food Processing...................100 marks
  3. Food Engineering (Unit Operation & Process Engineering)..................100 marks
  4. Biochemistry & Human Nutrition.................. (50+50) =100 marks
  5. TFP-I (Cereals, Legumes, Oilseed & Protein Foods)..................100 marks

Third Year

  1. TFP-II (Fruit and Vegetable, Chocolate & Sugar Confectionery, Tea, Coffee & Spices)..................100 marks
  2. TFP-III (Meat, Fish and Poultry)..................100 marks
  3. Biochemical Engineering..................100 marks
  4. Industrial Microbiology..................100 marks
  5. Food Quality Control & Analysis..................100 marks

Fourth Year

  1. Storage & Packaging Technology..................(50+50)=100 marks
  2. Operation Research & Food Plant Management..................100 marks
  3. Dairy Technology..................100 marks
  4. Dissertation..................100 marks
  5. In-plant Training & Class Seminar..................50 marks

Here is the list of Colleges that offer this program under the affiliation of Tribhuvan University. (Click the link to view details):

  1. Central Campus of Technology
  2. GoldenGate International College
  3. National College (NACOL)-NIST
  4. Padmashree International College
  5. Birat Multiple College
  6. Dharan Multiple Campus
  7. Lalitpur Valley College
  8. Nagarik College
  9. National College of Food Science and Technology
  10. Pokhara Bigyan Tatha Prabidhi Campus
  11. Sunsari Technical College

Similary, College of Applied Food and Dairy Technology (CAFODAT) offers B.Tech Food under the affiliation of Purbanchal University.

The author is a student of B.Tech Food at Central Campus Institute of Technology.