According to a recent data, the food processing industry is expected to expand at a compound
annual growth rate (CGAR) of 11.5% in upcoming financial years. The growth is estimated to
reach a value of Rs 15,971.9 billion in FY 2023 from current Rs 9,00,000 crore.
The union government has set a target of achieving 3% of international food trade in the coming
years from the current levels of 1.5%.
The food processing sector is growing globally. Skilled professionals are in great need starting
from food collection, transit, supply chain management, processing, value addition, cold chain
management and up to consumer end. A meagre 1% growth rate in food processing industries
will lead to 5 lakhs direct and 15 lakh indirect employments.
As a sunrise industry, Food Processing has huge potential in Andhra Pradesh and AP Food
Processing Society is promoting Food Industry in the state withan attractive Food Processing
policy 2020-25 prepared under the guidance of Hon’ble Chief Minister. Currently, Andhra
Pradesh has the highest share of 14.1 % in employment in Food Processing Industry among all
other states, with growing demand for technical manpower, especially for undergraduates.
Even though, there are many institutions in India, there are only few institutions in the state
offering B.Tech course in Food Technology.Also, the undergraduate courses is often needed to
be strengthen and not in line with the industry expectations. As such there is scope for more
B.Tech courses with practical, engineering & communicational skills.
The demand for under graduates is more in the organized sector. Lack of sufficient engineering
skills is one of the main draw backs with most of the B. Tech courses. To fill this gap,
institutions have started B. Tech course in Food Engineering. However none of institutions in AP
have started B. Tech in Food Engineering. Even though AP tops share of employment in Food
JNTUK has started M. Tech Course in Food Processing Technology in the academic year 2010-
11 with a financial support of Rs. 75 lakhs from MoFPI. Over the years it has been developed as
one of the best PG courses in India with modern infrastructure and state of art laboratories.Most
of the students from first nine batches have got placements in leading food industries and
academic institutions. Viz. Shama Foods (IFFFCO group Shama, Dubai), Nestle, ITC, CPF,
Godrej Tyson, Tata Coffee, Tata Global Beverages, MTR, Olam, Bambino, Naturo, Vimta labs,
Jain Framfresh Foods etc. (The maximum package is Rs.6 lakhs/annum. Average salary is
around Rs. 30,000/- month).
JNTUK had started Food Testing Laboratory in 2014 with financial assistance of Rs. 1.56 Crores
from Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), New Delhi. Testing facilities are
regularly being used by regulatory bodies, Food Industries, PT Laboratories and NGO like
Akshayapatra among others.
Food Testing Laboratory has been just up graded to test Antibiotics, Pesticide Residues, and
heavy metals with a financial support of Rs. 4.4 crores form Andhra Pradesh Food Processing
Society (APFPS) in 2018.
JNTUK College ofengineering is one of the oldest engineering colleges offering B. Tech in all
the core engineering subjects.Infrastructure for basic engineering & sciences subjects to be
covered in the first year is already availablein the college.
As such, as all the sate of art infrastructure is already available, JNTUK started B. Tech in Food
Engineering in this Academic year 2020-21:
No. of Seats- 60
Eligibility- Passed 10+2 with minimum 50% marks in physics, chemistry, and mathematics as
Duration- 4 years
Admission through- EAMCET
Employment potentials: Food Industries, R&D organizations, Colleges and universities,
Regulatory authorities (FSSAI, BIS, Spice Board& Various fields related to food), Food
Corporation of India, Department of food & public Distribution, Central Warehousing
Nature of job: Production supervisors/in- charges, Quality Assurance, Assistant Professors, Food
Research Analysts, R&D scientists, etc.
Other than jobs, candidates can also become an entrepreneur in food processing start-ups and
grow as potential as the graduate. Interested persons can pursue higher education
Average entry-level salary- INR 4 lakh to 6 lakh per annum.
B. Tech in Food Engineering at JNTUK opens a new opportunity for the students to select
a course with huge employment potential.
Source : https://www.jntuk.edu.in/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/B.Tech_Food_Engineering.pdf