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Introduction
Today, it is a common sight to see people opening packets to munch on snacks and savouries, and even staple food like chapathis and idiyappams. Readymade dosa and idli batter are available in neat packages, as are a variety of other food products. This has become possible due to food processing technology.

Food processing uses methods and techniques to transform raw ingredients into food or transform food into other forms for consumption by humans or animals either in the home or by the food processing industry. Food processing typically takes clean, harvested crops or slaughtered and butchered animal products and uses these to produce attractive, marketable food products, often with long shelf life. Similar processes are used to produce animal feed. Extreme examples of food processing include the delicate preparation of deadly fugu fish or preparing space food for consumption under zero gravity.


Procedure
To become a Professional in this industry one should have a graduate degree ( B.Tech) or at least a diploma in Food, Nutrition and Health. The degree and postgraduate degree courses are offered by private and government arts colleges in India and abroad.
Basic eligibility criteria: A pass in senior or higher secondary examination (10+2) with hysics, chemistry and mathematics.

The course duration for the various programs is as follows:
•    Diploma in Food Processing & Technology is 2 years.
•    B.Sc (Food Processing & Technology) is three years.
•  M.Sc (Food Processing Technology), is offered as a two year program in various universities.


What will be the cost or fee of  Food Processing & Technology course
The Total expense for doing Bachelor of Science in this field is as follows
B.Sc - Rs.36, 000/ per year - (3 Years)
M.Sc - Rs.49, 000/ per year - (2 Years)
Bank loans and private loans can be easily arranged by directly contacting the banks through the college administration.


Salary Package
The salary can be from Rs.9, 000 to Rs.18, 000 for starters and increases with experience and knowledge.


Top institutes or colleges of  Food Processing & Technology course
Central Food Research Technological Research Institute in Mysore, Karnataka
University of Delhi in New Dekhi
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada
University in Aurangabad, Maharashtra
University of Calcutta in Kolkata, West Bengal
University of Madras in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Jadavpur University in Kolkata, West Bengal
Andhra University in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
University of Bombay in Mumbai, Maharashtra
Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam, Kerala
Manipur University in Imphal, Manipur
School of Engineering and Technology, Jaipur National University
Jaipur, Rajasthan
Indira Gandhi National Open University, School of Continuing Education
New Delhi, Delhi - NCR

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