About the Department
The Food and Nutrition Department offers the subject as a part of B.Sc. Home Science (both Pass & Hons.) curriculum. In addition, the Department also offers a one-year post graduate Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition, a post-graduate Diploma in Health and Social Gerontology and a two-year Master's degree in Food and Nutrition. The department holds seminars, workshops, lectures by eminent nutritionists from time to time to widen the horizon of the students. The department is actively engaged in community based programmes for imparting nutrition and health messages to the under-privileged sections of the society. Several research projects have been undertaken by the department, sponsored by DWCD of Ministry of HRD, ICMR, ICAR, UNICEF, DST, Micronutrient Initiative, Helpage India, other government and International organizations. The faculty is actively involved in professional societies such as Nutrition Society of India, Indian Dietetics association, Society of Gerontological Research, and Nutrition Foundation of India. At the undergraduate level, the students are given knowledge of Food Science, Nutrition for diverse age groups, Nutritional Biochemistry, Diet Therapy as well as Food Processing. The students undergo rigorous practical training in the above areas to make the learning holistic. The learning is multifaceted as the students opting for this major are also given knowledge of management, entrepreneurship development, human development etc.
The Post-graduate Diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition is a comprehensive course dealing in subjects such as therapeutic nutrition, public health nutrition and institutional food management. Courses in nutrition research, nutritional biochemistry, food microbiology and safety and applied physiology are offered alongside to support the specialized courses. A three-month internship in a multi specialty hospital at the end of the programme enables the students to get hands on training in patient care and dietetic management.
A one year Post-graduate Diploma in Health and Social Gerontology is also offered by the Department. This is an innovative interdisciplinary course approved by UGC. The course is designed to enable the students to engage in direct services for older adults such as old age homes, residential and day care facilities, rehabilitation services in the government and private sector. They could also to initiate and sustain research, training, welfare programmes and services for older adults. In addition to the Diploma courses, the Department of Food and Nutrition also offers a Master's programme in Food and Nutrition with specialization in Clinical Nutrition, Public Nutrition & Programme Planning as well as Food Science & Processing. The students do an eight week internship and conduct research work in different areas of Nutrition in the M.Sc. dissertation in addition to undertaking field visits and community work.
At the culmination of the course, the students can either seek jobs directly or opt for the Master's or Diploma programmes. They can seek jobs as Dieticians and Nutrition Consultants in hospitals, clinics fitness centres, international organizations and NGOs. They can also join catering organizations, food processing industry or else opt for teaching and research.