Food technology is all about using science to 'add value' to commodity foods such as dairy products, meat, fruit, vegetables and grains. Food technologists need to have an in-depth knowledge of raw foods and how they can be handled, processed and/or packaged to provide consumers with safe, convenient, nutritious end products.
Background, Mission and Goals
The study of food science at degree level is intellectually stimulating. It clearly demonstrates the application of many fundamental scientific principles from a range of subject areas, and deals with some of the commercial factors that are important in shaping the food industry and global food production/consumption.
The Department of Food Technology was established in 1980 as Barani Agricultural College Rawalpindi (which attained the status of University in 1994). Primarily, the Department was teaching Food Technology courses at undergraduate level. The M.Sc. (Hons.) in Food Technology was started in 1998 and Ph.D. in Food Technology was initiated in 2001. Currently 40 students are enrolled in B.Sc.(Hons.), 15 in M.Sc.(Hons.) and 03 in Ph.D. One student has submitted his thesis which is in evaluation process. Ph.D. Theses are evaluated by foreign experts from technological advanced countries.
In the Food Technology Department we study food using the tools of science and the machines of industry. The aim of the University of Arid Agriculture´s Food Technology Department is to prepare our students for creative, challenging, diverse and rewarding careers in the food industry and to produce the next generation of critical thinkers and food science researchers. The future challenge is to improve the nutritional quality of food, conserve the world´s food supply and reduce environmental impact and we train our students on these basis
People will always need food. The food industry will always need food technologists. Main Objectives
On going Research Projects
Time to time trainings for the preparation of different food products to students, women and farmers. Dissemination of developed technology to the end users.
We have well established research facilities have been available in the laboratory of the department.
Currently we have the facility and access of PCR, Bio-fermentor, complete electrophoresis system, gel documentation, Gas chromatography, High Performance Liquid Chromatography, DNA sequencer, atomic absorption spectrophotometer. These facilities will be further strengthened in the near future.