M.Tech. in Food and Nutrition is a 2- year full-time postgraduate course divided across 4 semesters. The course explores on an advanced level, subjects such as food chemistry, development production, and food safety. The program aims to prepare trained professionals to effectively function in areas such as manufacturing, retail, research, health, engineering, and agricultural industries.
The course offers a comprehensive multidisciplinary study of the nature and quality of food produce and of nutritional requirements for good health in people. Candidates pursue coursework in areas of nutrition, food management, and food science, based on a broad foundation in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Physiology, and Behavioural Management.
Enrolled students are imparted advanced lessons in the composition, quality, and safety of food products, properties of food ingredients, the relationship between metabolism and utilization of food nutrients in the human body, food- related ailments, and influence of exercise and fitness on health.
The physiological basis for diet therapy lies in the organization, management and operation of food service facilities.
The program enables students for membership with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Candidates are needed complete the program and qualify a registration examination prior to qualifying for registration as dieticians.
The average annual course fee in India ranges between INR 20,000 and 6 lakhs, depending upon the institute offering the course. The average annual salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of the course ranges between INR 2 and 10 lakhs, depending upon the candidate’s expertise in the field.
Given below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Course Level||Post Graduate|
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||Bachelor’s or equivalent degree|
|Admission Process||Counselling after taking entrance examination(GATE)|
|Course Fee||INR 20,000 to 6 lakhs|
|Average Starting Salary||INR 2 to 10 lakhs|
As an academic discipline, Nutrition is the science of the relationship between diet and health. The purpose of a postgraduate course in Nutrition Science is to explore and explain the metabolic and physiological responses of the body to diet. Nutritionists are health professionals who specialize in this area of study, and enrolled students are trained to provide safe, evidence-based dietary advice and interventions.
Solving deficiencies, excesses and imbalances in diet can produce negative impacts on health. This may lead to diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and scurvy, or osteoporosis, psychological and behavioural problems, and the program is designed to address the growing need of preventing and treating such food- related ailments.
Some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each are listed below.
|NAME OF INSTITUTE||CITY||AVERAGE FEES|
|SRM University||Kanchipuram||INR 1,00,000|
|Islamic University of Science and Technology||Jammu and Kashmir||INR 2,24,000|
|Raja Balwant Singh Engineering Technical Campus||Agra||INR 3,16,000|
|Ch. Devi Lal State Institute of Engineering and Technology||Haryana||INR 1,29,000|
|Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology||Hisar||INR 2,22,000|
|Haldia Institute of Technology||Midnapore||INR 3,61,000|
|Kalasalingam University||Virudhunagar||INR 4,00,000|
|Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramadaya Vishwavidyalaya||Madhya Pradesh||INR 2,05,000|
|Vignan University||Guntur||INR 3,80,000|
|Laxminarayan Institute of Technology||Nagpur||INR 1,76,000|
|Bannari Amman Institute of Technology||Erode||INR 2,80,000|
|Gautama Buddha University||Noida||INR 2,85,000|
|North Maharashtra University||Jalgaon||INR 60,000|
|OPJS University||Rajasthan||INR 2,25,000|
|Global University||Saharanpur||INR 5,68,000|
|University of Management and Technology||Jaipur||INR 3,20,000|
|Mewar University||Rajasthan||INR 3,75,000|
|Eternal University||Himachal Pradesh||INR 2,20,000|
|Central Institute of Technology||Assam||INR 95,250|
|Lovely Professional University||Jalandhar||INR 5,56,000|
As a minimum criterion of eligibility, the course requires the candidate to have completed graduation in the science stream from a recognized institute, with Physics, Chemistry and Math as main subjects, and a minimum aggregate score of 60%.
|Master of Technology in West Bengal||Master of Technology in Haryana||Master of Technology in Andhra Pradesh||Master of Technology in Telangana|
Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance test, such as the national level online GATE. In addition to this, some institutes offering the course in the country conduct their own entrance exams for assessing and shortlisting students.
A semester - wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.
|Food science and nutrition|
|Handling and managing food products|
|Applied food technology|
|Project phase I|
|Project phase II|
Food manufacturers, producers and retailers, technical food service providers and also government departments which develop and enforce food policies employ successful postgraduates of the course.
Such professionals also find employment opportunities in the land-based sector, agriculture and animal-related, and in industries dealing with fresh food produce, retail, and food services.
Armed with a mix of subject-specific and technical skills, transferable core skills such as analytical and problem-solving, and also the ability to interpret data critically, Nutritional Therapists are lucratively hired in NHS and private healthcare.
The practical work that forms part of the curriculum helps build candidates’ communication and team work skills, attention to detail and ability to accurately record results.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.
|JOB POSITION||JOB DESCRIPTION||AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY IN INR|
|Nutrition Specialist||Nutritionists take a holistic view of a person's lifestyle, dietary habits, overall health, and provide their client with customised nutritional advice. They create nutritional plans, monitor their client's progress and work towards the latter’s health improvement.||INR 2,90,000|
|Dietician||Dieticians and Nutritionists evaluate the health of their clients. Based on their findings, they advise clients on which foods to eat and which to avoid for health improvement. Some Dieticians and Nutritionists provide customized information for specific individuals, such as prescription of less salt in food to clients with high blood pressure.||INR 3,00,000|
|Process Development Officer||They develop the roadmap in the production areas to ensure a positive development on key performance indicators. They provide specialized knowledge and advanced troubleshooting for the relevant manufacturing processes. They provide guidance and support for manufacturing and engineering of new projects. They serve as key members of the project teams as Process Leads or Project Managers, depending upon the project size and scope.||INR 10,00,000|
|Food Scientist||Food scientists and Technologists use chemistry and other sciences to study the underlying principles of food. They analyse nutritional content of food, research ways to make processed food products safer and healthier, and discover new food sources.||INR 5,40,000|
|Professor||Professors and other postsecondary teachers teach the discipline to undergraduate, graduate students, conduct seminars and laboratory sessions.||INR 9,00,000|
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