WHAT IS DAIRY TECHNOLOGY?
Dairy Technology is a course which focuses on dairy products and is a part of the food technology and processing industry. Students pursuing dairy technology learn about milk processing as well as the manufacturing process for its by-products. The study includes quality control at the time of processing of products. Students involved in gaining technical knowledge about dairy processing equipment. This includes analysis by students on production units like dairy plants and ice cream units. The course focuses on pasteurization an important aspect of dairy technology.
–>UG Programme – Candidates must be Class XII pass out from a recognized school.
–>PG Programme – Candidates applying for PG course must have completed B.Tech in Dairy Technology.
SCOPE OF DAIRY TECHNOLOGY:-
–>There are many start-ups working in dairy farming which has increased scope for students pursuing courses in dairy technology.
–>There are many Europe-based MNCs that performs research on various dairy products for which recruitment of scientists and engineers are conducted across the world.
–>Cheese and fermented dairy products
–> Dairy biotechnology
–>Fat richdairy products Food and industrial biotechnology
–> FoodBiotechnology Food engineering
–>Materials and Design of Dairy equipment Milk Production Management
–>The packaging of Dairy Products
Course Areas :
Courses in dairy technology are available at the diploma, graduation, postgraduate and doctoral levels. The diploma and degree courses in dairy technology require candidates who have passed the 10 + 2 examination, with Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and English or Physics, chemistry, Biology or Agriculture with a minimum aggregate of 50 % marks.
The diploma courses of two years duration include Indian Dairy Diploma (IDD) and National Dairy Diploma (NDD). This is a base course for BSc / B.Tech dairy degree and gives basic knowledge on breeding, feeding of animals, their health care, farm management, planning a farm, milk products, dairy chemistry, bacteriology, bookkeeping etc. At the graduation level, the course is usually called B.Tech./B.Sc. in Dairy technology or Dairy Science. After graduating in dairying, candidates can opt for further studies and specialization through a Master’s programme in Dairying (M.Tech in Dairy Technology/ MSc Dairy Science), or related areas such as animal genetics and breeding, livestock production, Animal Biochemistry, Animal biotechnology or in fields of food technology and preservation.
Duration: Dairy Diploma course is of two years duration for lower level technical positions. The B. Tech / B.Sc in Dairy Technology is a four years course after 10+2. The B.VSc, (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) is also a four years programme. The Master’s programme in Dairying (M. Tech in Dairy Technology/ MSc Dairy Science) is of two years duration.
Personal Skills :
Persons aspiring to make a career in dairy technology should have a scientific temper, willingness to work hard, commitment, an enquiring mind, and cleanliness. They must be prepared to live in remote areas, or far away from the comforts and conveniences of the city.