Dairy Technology is a trending technology which has been carried out over the last 50 years in India for the services of dairy products, their handling and processing along with the storage, monitoring and transportation. This course has been designed to meet the growing needs in the fields of livestock, dairy plant maintenance and marketing as well as quality control.
To be eligible in this course the candidate has to be of Science background and a minimum of 50% in the graduate and 12th level but this might also vary from institute to institute. The duration of the course in general is 2 years and is available in both full time and correspondence course.
The tuition fee for this course varies from INR 20,000 to 30,000 depending on the institution. In terms of salary the dairy technology professionals receive a decent package in public as well as in private sectors. The starting salary varies from INR 20,000 to 25,000 and may go as high as 40,000 to 60,000 depending on the job profile.
|Eligibility for the Program||Minimum 50% in Bachelor’s Degree and 10+2 from Science stream|
|Duration of the Program||2 Years|
|Top Recruiters||Amul, Mother dairy, Nestle, Vadilal, Reliance, Metro Dairy, ITC (food division), Heinz, COMPFED(Sudha) and GCMMF|
|Entrance Exams||GATE, WBJEE, BCECE, ICAR AIEEA|
|Average Tuition Fee||INR 25,000 to INR 30,000 p.a.|
|Average Salary Package for Entry Level Positions||3 Lakh to 4 Lakh p.a.|
|Top Positions||Sales Executive Retail, Corporate Sales Manager, Sales Manager Retail, Production Manager, Quality Control Executive Manager, Product Development Executive, Marketing Manager|
The main objective of this course is to teach the students the application of science and technology in dairy and related biological systems. Dairy technology is to bring about the entrepreneur skills of the students to propagate knowledge. A major portion of this course revolves around storage, handling, planning, removing of harmful toxins, designing the products and the correct method of the dissipation of the products. It also includes the study of applied science for animal nutrition.
The course duration is of 3 years for the graduates in science subjects and of 2 years for the students who have under-graduated a 4-year professional degree. Those with a 3-year degree have to undergo the pre-requisite courses which are decided by the Board of Studies.
The course is also available as a distant education with correspondence materials regarding the subjects. It is generally of 2 years but may vary from college to college.
The students having an enthusiasm towards Dairy Technology can opt for this course or the students who want to start their own small scale business in milk products or the students deciding to work as consultants can opt for this course. The students can also go in the blooming field of research or even take up teaching after having received the P.G. degree.
The students opting for this degree should have at least 50% in their Bachelor’s Degree and their 12th from Science stream from a recognized Board.
Some of the institutes offering M.Sc. in Dairy Technology are given below:
|Name of the Institutes||City||Average Fees|
|Anand Agricultural University (AAU)||Gujarat||INR 25,000|
|Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and technology||Uttar Pradesh||INR 28,000|
|National Dairy Research Institute-NDRI||Haryana||INR 30,000|
|Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture Technology and Sciences-SHIATS||Uttar Pradesh||INR 30,000|
|The Gandhigram Rural Institute||Tamil Nadu||INR 25,000|
|West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences||Kolkata||INR 26,000|
Students can obtain the application form directly from the concerned institute or through post in certain cases. They can even visit the respective institute’s official website and download the application form. After duly filling the form they can send it to the desired institute for further proceedings.
There are also a number of entrance examinations held throughout the year through which a student can get admission. There is a online/offline test, qualifying which he/she can go through a simple interview to obtain a seat. The student and has to attend the counseling procedure and the merit list is then prepared based on a particular institute’s cut-off.
The candidates have to give one of the following entrance exam to get admission to MSc. in Dairy Technology: -
The students go through internals and semester exams. In addition to this the students are required to pay a visit to any dairy industry as a part of their curriculum and report back to the institution. Every student is also assigned a guide under whose guidance they have to prepare and submit their thesis report at the end of the second year.
Dairy Technology plays a vital role in the agricultural economy of the country. The students pursuing this course from any certified and recognized institute have a vast scope. These trained entrepreneurs can work with NGOs and be leaders as rural educators and hence collaborating towards the dairy industry. Not to mention that Dairy industry is a major consumption industry in India and hence the skilled graduates can improvise the currently working practices in the industry.
Candidates performing well get officer level jobs in the entry level. Some of the job profiles offered to the candidates are mentioned below:
|Name of the post||Description|
|Dairy Plant Manager||The duty of the plant manager is to provide administrative guidance in the plant.|
|Dairy Scientist||Studies farm animals and crops and searches for new ways to improve their quality and volume. They evaluate and grade livestock or sell new technologies.|
|Head quality Control||The primary responsibility of quality control managers is to ensure products meet quality and efficiency standards set by the company|
|Commodity Trading Manager||the person in this position provides advice related to trade in future contracts of the dairy industry he/she is working in.|
|Dairy Technologist||Dairy technologists study the chemical composition and properties of milk, yogurt, butter, ice cream and cheese.|
Indicative Salaries in Dairy Technology are given in the table below:
|Roles||Average Salary Per annum|
|Sales Executive Retail||INR 3.4 lakhs|
|Sales Manager Retail||INR 7.3 lakhs|
|Corporate Sales Manager||INR 7.6 lakhs|
|Production Manager||INR 6.4 lakhs|
|Quality Control Executive Manager||INR 3.2 lakhs|
|Product Development Executive||INR 3.6 lakhs|
|Marketing Manager||INR 5.5 lakhs|
|Direct Marketing Executive||INR 3 lakhs|
|Assistant Marketing Manager||INR 4 lakhs|
The required skills in the field of chemical, physical, biological and engineering and processing of milk products are well imparted to the students. The process of manufacturing, storage and transportation in dairy industry are educated.
Some of the common subjects which are common in most of the institutions offering this course are:
|Dairy Farming and milking||Concept of Sociology.||Theology of Dairy and Food processing|
|Animal Nutrition||Government’s initiative for dairy farming||Dairy Process Biotechnology|
|Animal Physiology||Quality control in dairy industry||Traditional and value-added dairy products|
|Animal Husbandry||Dairy plant maintenance||Membrane Technology in Dairy processing|
|Dairy Science||Marketing of dairy products||Advanced Dairy and food packaging|
|Livestock production and management||Advance Dairy Processing||Alternative processes for the Dairy and food industries|
|Animal product technology and meat science poultry science||Advanced Food Processing||Functional Foods and new product development|
|Technology of food emulsions, foams and gels||Master’s Seminar||Master’s research|
|Advances in Protein Technology||Product Monitoring and Process control||Advances in Lipid Technology|
|R & D management in Dairy Industry||Doctoral Seminar 1||Doctoral Seminar 2|
After obtaining a Master’s degree one can always opt for research in this field to maneuver the knowledge obtained. If interested the students can also opt for Ph.D in this field to enhance their skills?