Aspirants who choose a bachelor’s program in this area can look for employment opportunities as a milk development officer and marketing manager, to name just a few. In addition, candidates can opt for further studies to become scientists and academics.
“Employment is not a challenge for candidates opting for the BTech dairy program, as various companies such as Amul, Mother Dairy and various other governmental cooperative milk associations are based in India,” said Dr. Sudhir Kumar Singh of the Jharkhand State Milk Federation Limited.
He adds that India is the largest milk producer in the world and is currently growing by 5.5% annually. In addition, milk consumption multiplied from 120 g per capita in the early 1980s to 397 g per capita, clearly indicating the growth of the sector.
What is dairy technology?
According to Singh, dairy technology is an emerging area that deals with the processing of milk and its products. “The further development of the technology has not only limited it to milk production. The industry also takes care of other packaged foods. Due to technological progress, dairy products are no longer considered to be perishable goods, ”he adds.
University, courses and admission
Undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programs are available in the country. Deemed University, based in Karnal, National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), offers BTech, 16 courses at master’s level and 15 programs at PhD level. In addition to NDRI, the colleges and universities that offer various courses include the College of Dairy Technology, Etawah; Sheth MC College of Dairy Science, Anand; Sanjay Gandhi Institute for Dairy Technology, Patna and College of Dairy Technology, Tirupati etc.
SK Tomar, NDRI’s academic coordinator, says that candidates with class XII physics, chemistry, and math for eligibility to the BTech program are eligible to apply for an entrance exam conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA), followed by an online consultation. The college has 40 seats for the BTech program.
Previously, the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) conducted the All India entrance exams for admission to UG, PG and PhD courses at colleges and universities for agriculture and dairy technology.
Why choose it?
According to Ved Prakash Srivastava, professor of animal husbandry and dairy farming at Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology (CSAUK) in Kanpur, there will be an abundance of jobs for skilled workers after completing the program.
“Urbanization and industrialization have led to a lack of agricultural land in India. Almost 67% of the Indian population still live in the villages, so focusing on the livestock sector will also improve their livelihoods, ”says Srivastava. He adds that basic infrastructure is not a challenge in rural areas. The experts need to focus on the production of value-added products such as cheese, paneer, ghee, probiotics, etc. in order to improve the export and the economy.
CSAUK conducts its own exam for admission to the dairy technology course.