Master of Technology in Food Biotechnology or M.Tech. Food Biotechnology is a post-graduate engineering program which introduces the use of biotechnology as a branch of science in the food industry. Biotechnology is a branch of science which can be used for food preservation, measuring its nutritional value and keeping a check on preservatives. It can also be used on crops so as to reduce the usage of pesticides and insecticides in food. This is a 2 years course divided into 4 semesters which means 2 semesters per year.
The eligibility to pursue this course is to have a Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology degree (10+2+4) with minimum of 50% marks from a recognized institution. The average tuition fee varies from around 30,000 INR to 80,000 INR per semester.
After completion of the course, a candidate can easily find employment in varied sectors of Food Industry. Some of the popular job profiles associated with this course are Food Technology Manager, Industrial Engineer and Food and Beverage Manager. The entry level salary generally starts from 2 Lakh INR per annum.
M.Tech. Food Biotechnology is a course which will suffice the needs of the food industry with the knowledge of biotechnology. Biotechnology is a science subject, which applied to various processes related to food to produce food products which are quality assured. The course is so formulated to assess the risks and management and the potential of food industry.
Any person who seeks a position in food industry with applied sciences and its applications in food industry like packaging, nutrition etc. should go ahead with this course. The usage of biotechnology in the food industry is maximum applied, so if a person is keen to scientific usages like testing or experimenting on various products and producing quality products should opt this course. This course is also beneficial from agriculture point of view. The usage of biotechnology on food crops like reducing the use of pesticides or insecticides etc. is to be considered by the person opting this course.
M.Tech. Food Biotechnology is a 2 years long course. It is divided into 4 semesters which means 2 semesters per year. The course also includes an industrial training during the 2 years of course duration.
There are many Institutes in India which offer M.Tech. courses but only a handful which offer an M.Tech. in Food Biotechnology.
Name of Institute
Institute of Chemical Technology
GovindBallabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology
College of Technology
The minimum eligibility for admission to the course is Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Technology degree in Food Technologyor other similar streams. Since most of the institutes offer admission on the basis of marks scored in GATE, it is also an important eligibility criteria.
Most of the colleges in India offer admission to M.Tech. programs on the basis of GATE score. Forms for GATE are generally available in the months of September and October and examinations are held in the months of January and February. Apart from common topics such as general aptitude and analytical skills, subject specific questions are asked too. Some of the topics catering specifically to Food Biotechnology are:
Apart from GATE score, certain institutes also conduct a personal interview for selection of candidates to be admitted to the program. Candidates are shortlisted on the basis of performance in both entrance test and personal interview.
Indian food and grocery market is the sixth largest in the world and is expected to grow by a whopping 104% by the year 2020. With various initiatives by Government of India to improve the quality and output of this industry, there is a certainty of growth in employment in Food Technology and Processing sector. At present the percentage of Food Technologists employed in Food Industry amounts to 20% and the demand is expected to rise proportionately with the growth in the industry.
Currently, the entry level salary for M.Tech. Food Biotechnology graduates ranges from 2 Lakh INR to 3 Lakh INR. This figure increases with the experience an individual acquires in their particular field and the exposure they receive in lieu of their talent. The graph below shows the salary projection for various job profiles associated with M.Tech. Food Biotechnology course.
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