Food technology is a good career option with huge growth opportunities. Preserving and distributing natural food is going to be a big market in future. Food science is the end-to-end study of food, including raw materials selection and harvesting, composition and development, production, preservation and safety, packaging and storage, through to end-user preparation, consumption and sensory analysis. Food science also includes food-involved scientific fields such as food microbiology, food chemistry and the physics of food.
Although food technology is generally included as a part of food science, its distinct definition is the practical application of the food sciences to the development and production of food. Food Technology is the application of food science to the selection, preservation, processing, packaging, distribution, and use of safe, nutritious, and wholesome food. Nepal government has employed many food technologists whose main role is the application and monitoring of food control system in Nepal. Nepal became the 147th WTO member on 23 April, 2004. Nepal is the first LDC to join the WTO. In this context, the role and responsibility of food technologist is very challenging regarding the food safety during production, exporting and importing of food. The food technologists from this department are highly competitive and perfect in their job. They have exhibited excellent performance and expertise in the field of food technology not only in nation but in abroad also.
A food technologist can get the job of a quality assurance manager, production manager, laboratory supervisor, food packaging manager or even as a research associate in premier institutes, universities and research and development units. A food technologist can also work as food packaging technologist and food preservation managers in various food packaging industries. A post-graduate candidate in food technology can work as a lecturer or an advisor in government colleges, inspection boards or quality control cells. Multinational companies recruit food technologists periodically for bringing about an improvement in their products. They can also join various NGOs/ INGOs working in the field of food and nutrition. Both the private and the public sectors provide lucrative (profitable) job opportunities to food technologists.
I conclude this message by saying that our program is run by highly specialized faculties, who have excellent expertise in teaching and research on food Technology, along with well-equipped laboratories, library and other facilities.