Department of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology
About the Department
The Department of Post Harvest Engineering and Technology was established in 1995 as a section of the Institute of Agriculture and upgraded to a full-fledged department in the year 2000 under the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, AMU, Aligarh.
The Department is well equipped with laboratories and facilities for product development, microbiology, food analysis, instrumentation, computer, food engineering, etc.
The Department offers M. Tech. in processing and food engineering and Ph. D. in post harvest engineering and technology programmes. Recently the M.Tech Program has been accredited by ICAR for a period of 5 years. The Department has now planned to start self-finance B.Tech (Food Technology) programme from the onward session as there is a lot of scope of the candidates passing out B.Tech in the food industries and other related organisations. Over hundred post graduates have been produced to meet the challenges and requirements of the food industries. Most of the students are well placed in India and abroad, holding prominent positions in food processing companies and educational as well as research institutions.
The broad objectives of the department's present programmes include post graduate teaching in relevant fields, conducting basic and applied research and transfer of technology activities. Department is well recognized all over India for its work in the field of cereal, fruits & vegetable based value added functional food products, value added functional livestock products, pet-food, biocolours from agricultural wastes, jaggery, chicory, biomass, etc.
The Department is waiting for the ICAR grant to be sanctioned as a source of research & development. Due to lack of funding during 2017-18 & 2018-19, the Department suffered a lot in respect of infrastructure and research work. The Department looks forward and will concentrate on the unique or strong programs that have the potential to move to excellence.
To play a key role in the development of the country and mankind by providing highly competitive professionals, cutting edge technologies, and cost-effective services to the Food Industry.
§To produce well qualified manpower having professional ethics and morality who can cater to the needs of the food industry and research/educational institutions across the world.
§To conduct research on minimizing post-harvest losses and on value addition to food commodities in order to contribute significantly to food security and safety.
§To develop and disseminate technologies related to niche food products for creating opportunities for small entrepreneurs and additional income to farmers.
§To utilize wastes/by-products of food processing industry for better economic returns, environmental protection and creating employment opportunities.