Friday, August 17, 2012

Career in Dairy Technology

Dairy technology is a part of engineering which involves the processing of milk and its related products. The study of dairy technology deals with the processing, storage, packaging, distribution and transportation of dairy products by using the science of bacteriology, nutrition and biochemistry. Dairy technology also uses principles of physics, biotechnology, economics engineering, and chemistry in order to develop the suitable utilization of milk and associated products. The main works under the dairy technology is reproduction of high yielding cattle’s, taking care of the animals, collecting of milk, managing the supply of milk and its alteration into dairy products. The concept of dairy technology was initiated by Anand Milk Union Limited (AMUL) in 1946, giving the push for imparting education in dairy technology. The National Dairy Institute in Karnal, Haryana was the initiator in dairy technology in India and started a course in this field.

List of Courses: -
  • Advanced Diploma in Dairy Science and Technology
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Dairy Technology    
  • Bachelor of Technology in Dairy Technology    
  • Bachelor of Science in  Dairy Technology    
  • Diploma in Dairy Technology
  • Diploma in Food and Dairy Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Dairy Chemistry   
  • Master of Technology in Dairy Chemistry    
  • Master of Technology in Dairy Microbiology    
  • Master of Technology in Dairy Technology    



For admission in a bachelor’s degree, the candidate must have passed 10+2 examination with science subject such as biology, physics, math and chemistry. For admission in IITs, it is mandatory to qualify in the Joint Entrance Examinations (J.E.E).  The duration for the B.Tech course in dairy technology is of 4 years.
The eligibility criteria for pursuing a master’s degree are a bachelor's degree in (B.E/B.Tech) or any other equivalent branches of engineering. The duration for the course is 2 years.



  • Animal Biochemistry
  • Animal Biotechnology
  • Dairy Cattle Breeding
  • Dairy Cattle Nutrition
  • Dairy Cattle Physiology
  • Dairy Chemistry
  • Dairy Economics
  • Dairy Engineering
  • Dairy Microbiology


Job Prospects

Dairy technology has a good scope in terms of employment opportunities. At presently there are around 500 dairy plants in our country and many dairy equipment manufacturers. Trained professionals from this field can seek employment in government and private organizations such as manufacturing firms, rural banks, cooperatives, milk product processing and dairy farms.

Graduates in this career can also opt for teaching jobs in universities and colleges. Dairy technologists can start his own business such as ice-cream units, small-scale milk plants, creamery products processing and or can work as consultants. Quality control departments also employ dairy technologists. For the people who want to do research in this area, there are many opportunities.

Remuneration: -

A fresher can start his career with a salary of around Rs. 10,000 - Rs. 12,000 per month in the beginning stage. After gaining experience one can earn around 20,000 - 25,000 per month. Graduates are recruited as trainees and shift officers. General Managers get salary of Rs 20,000 and upwards as experience increases.

Institutes Offering this course
  • College of veterinary science, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
  • Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Dairy Technology, Patna,Bihar
  • Gujarat Agricultural University, Sardar Kushinagar, Gujarat
  • Seth MC College of Dairy Science, Anand, Gujarat
  • National Dairy Research Institute Karnal, Haryana
  • Veterinary college Bangalore, Karnataka
  • College of Dairy Technology, Raipur, Madhya pradesh
  • College of Dairy Technology, Moha, Maharashtra
  • College of Dairy Science, Udaipur, Rajasthan
  • Faculty of Dairy Technology, Mohanpur, West Bengal 


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