Food Science and Nutrition
About the Department :
M.Sc. course in Home Science was started in the year 1970 by the University of Mysore at the palatial mansion in Manasagangotri campus. This seed grew up as a tree of Department of Studies in Food Science and Nutrition (formerly Department of Studies in Home Science until 6th February 1994) offering postgraduate and doctoral degree programs in Food Science and Nutrition and Human Development. The master’s program in Human Development was introduced in the academic year 1993. Specialization in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics was introduced in 2013, to meet the growing demand of dietitians in Clinical setting.
The department was housed in its own academic building in the Manasagangotri campus in 1976, an extension wing under VIII UGC plan was added in 1993-94. Additional wing housing infrastructure for Human Development course was built in 1999-2000. The department has well-equipped and furnished classrooms and staffrooms, instrument room, Nutritional biochemistry and Food science laboratories. A new wing on 1st floor housing Nutrition research laboratories for advanced research, sensory booths and experimental lab kitchen wasinaugurated on 19 October 2020.
The laboratories are equipped with Automated Nutrient Composition Analysers – Protein, Fat and Dietary fibre, Spectrophotometers, Semi- auto Analyser, Body Composition Analyser, Viscometer, Freeze Dryer, Rotary Evaporator, HPLC, ELISA, Deep Freezers, Drum dryer, Spray dryer etc. Facilities of national institutions such as CFTRI, DFRL and AIISH are also utilized for collaborative research work. Late Dr. S. G. Srikantiah, former Director of the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, served as an honorary visiting Professor at the department from 1980-89. He made immense contributions to enhance the standards of research.Many dignitaries from premier National and International institutions visit the department for enriching and training the students.
Since the inception of the department, > 1000 students have graduated with M.Sc and 80 Ph.D Degrees have been awarded in Food science and Nutrition and 10 in Human Development.
The department has to its credit > 600 research papers published in reputed journals and > 700 presentations in International / National conferences, seminars, symposia along with Books/Book chapters/Booklets written by faculty in English and Kannada on various topics for the public and target groups, > 40 radio talks and 6 Television programs aired.Faculty have been honoured with awards in recognition of their contributions by KSCST, AFST, NSI, IDA and other prestigious bodies. Research scholars and students have won young scientist and other awards for oral and poster presentations in scientific conferences Till date, 33 research projects funded by UGC, DST, CSIR, MoFPI, ICMR, MHRD, MRC-UK, BBSRC-UK have been completed.International collaborations with University of Manchester, University of Reading and North Western University have been established.The department has been inducted with Special Assistance Program (SAP) by UGC (2007-12) and later upgraded to SAP-II (2013-18).
Faculty provide Nutrition counselling services for patients and consultancy to Food industries on invitation.
The department is engaged in organizing Workshops, Symposiums, Seminars, conferences , Outreach programs to reach out to public like Open day, Anti- Obesity day, National Nutrition week, World Heart day, World Food day, National Breastfeeding week, Food safety training programs, Dietetics day, World Mental Health day, New born week and so on. Nutrition counselling services to the University employees at the university health centre have been initiated. The Indian Dietetic Association found its Mysore Chapter Headquarters at the department since March 2014.