India is one of the world largest producer and consumer of all food products. Food processing industry is one of the largest industries in India; the food sector has emerged as high growth and high-profit sector due to its immense potential for value addition, particularly with in the food industries. It stands third in the world of food productions next to China and America. The country is home to vast agro-ecological diversity and we produce greater than 600 million tons of foods in all. We are the world’s largest producers of pulses, milk, jute, tea, all spices & planted crops and rank as the second largest producer of rice, wheat, sugarcane, cotton, fruits and vegetables, largest in the live stock production, third largest in grains and oils seeds, fifth largest in poultry and seventh largest in fish productions. In spite of these superlative productions, the food supply in domestic market place is inadequate, Indians don't get to eat healthy foods, and our exports share in the international markets in less than 2 per cent. All these are due to lack of technical manpower in food processing sector, poor ventures in food processing business and so on.
We have about 300 million upper middle class consumers for value added foods, 200 million are shifting to these with changing economic scenario. The total value of food trade in the country is US $198 billion. It is proposed to increase our world trade of processed food sector from 1.5 % to 3.0 % by 2015. A dire need to avert the situation is to create new manpower in food processing technologies. We don't have sufficient manpower either to venture in new food processing businesses or to meet the current demands of food processing industries. We also lack in scientific manpower to work on creating new and cost effective food processing and value addition technologies.
Considering the importance of this vital sector, IIFPT (Formerly IICPT) is offering B. Tech, M.Tech and Ph.D programs in Food Process Engineering (FPE) course starting from 2009-10, M.Tech program in Food Science and Technology (FS &T) course starting from 2013-14. All academic programs are affiliated to Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU).
B.Tech (FPE) program will be of 4 years or 8 semester durations.
M.Tech (FPE) program will be of 2 years or 6 trimester durations.
M.Tech (FS &T) program will be of 2 years or 6 trimesterdurations.
Ph.D (FPE) program will usually be of 3 years or 9 trimester durations.