The growth and expansion of dairy industry has opened up vast job opportunities
A professional degree programme like B.Tech. in dairy technology or dairy science and technology offers intensive training in milk processing and quality control, and engineering aspects of dairy processing equipment. The course duration is four years.
Students who have completed Plus Two with physics, chemistry and mathematics as optional subjects are eligible to choose this programme. The selection will be based on the rank obtained in the common entrance examination.
Students who complete their B.Tech. degree in dairy technology can go for Master’s degree in dairying. The course offers intensive training in various aspects of production, processing and management.
The postgraduate programme in dairying is offered only by a few institutions in India.
The disciplines that are offered at the PG level for graduates in dairy technology include dairy microbiology, dairy chemistry, dairy technology, dairy engineering, animal biochemistry, animal biotechnology, animal genetics and breeding, livestock production and management, animal nutrition, animal physiology, dairy economics and dairy extension education.
The duration of the postgraduate programme is three years for graduates in science subjects and two years for graduates with a four-year professional degree. Those who complete the postgraduate programme can go for research leading to Ph.D. in the above disciplines.
National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), Karnal, Haryana, is a leader in research and education in the field of dairy science and technology. It offers B.Tech. in dairy technology, and Master’s and Ph.D. programmes in dairying. These programmes are also available at its Southern Regional Campus at Bangalore. Admissions to these courses are through the all India entrance examinations conducted by the ICAR, New Delhi.
NDRI is a deemed university functioning under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Karnal-132001. Detailed information can be had from www.ndri.res.in.
Other study facilities
Some State universities and a few institutions offer B.Tech. or B.Sc. Dairy Science and Technology courses. Among them, the National Dairy Research Institute (Karnal and Bangalore) and the Sheth MC College of Dairy Science (Anand) have been identified as centres of excellence.
In most States, admission is made on the basis of entrance examination. The eligibility requirement is a pass in Plus Two with minimum 50 per cent marks in physics, chemistry and mathematics taken together.
The following agricultural universities or institutes offer higher education facilities in dairy science and technology:
•Dairy Science College (University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore), Hebbal, Bangalore-560 024.
•College of Veterinary Science (Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University), Tirupati-517502 (AP).
•Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500030.
•College of Dairy Science (Rajasthan Agricultural University), Udaipur-313001.
•Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Dairy Technology, Lohianagar, Patna-800020.
•West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, Faculty of Dairy Technology, Mohanpur Campus, P.O. Krishi Vishwavidyalaya-741 252.
•Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Allahabad-211 007.
•Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur-4.
•Dairy Science Institute, Asrey Milk Colony, Government of Maharastra, Mumbai-400 064.
•Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur-492012, (Chattisgarh).
In Kerala, the College of Dairy Science and Technology, Idukki (presently functions at Mannuthy) offers B.Tech. in dairy science and technology course. This college comes under the Kerala Agricultural University (KAU), Mannuthy, Thrissur. Admission to the course is on the basis of ranks obtained in the common entrance examination.
Master’s degree courses in dairy science and dairy technology are offered at a few agricultural or veterinary science and animal husbandry colleges.
Courses include M.Tech. in dairy science and technology, M.Sc. in dairy science, and M.V.Sc. in animal husbandry and dairying.
List of more institutions and universities that offer dairy science and technology courses can be collected from the University Hand Book or Agricultural Hand Book published by the Association of Indian Universities.
The growth and expansion of dairy industry has opened up vast job opportunities and career prospects for dairy technologists and professionally qualified candidates in dairy science and technology.
At present more than 400 dairy plants and 175 dairy equipment manufacturers are functioning in the country.GOPAKUMAR KARAKONAM