School of Interdisciplinary Studies

About the School

The  School of Interdisciplinary Studies promotes education and research in interdisciplinary sciences. The School provides opportunities to researchers and academicians having specific expertise to cross the boundaries of their respective subject areas and think across them. It encourages researchers to pool their approaches and modify them so that they are better suited to the problems at hand. The school is currently offering M.Tech. in Food Technology and PhD in Bio-informatics, Chemo-informatics and Food & Fermentation Technology. The Department of Food Technology in the school received a substantial grant of Rs. 75 lakhs in 2010 from Ministry of Food Processing Industries to strengthen the laboratories and infrastructure of the Department as the demand of professionals and trained personnel in the food industry as well as in research and development in government and industrial set-up is immense.

Courses offered

  • M.Tech (Food Technology)
  • PhD (Bioinformatics)
  • PhD (Chemoinformatics)
  • PhD (Food and Fermentation Technology)

Department of Food Technology

Food technology is a branch of science in which knowledge of food science is applied in manufacturing and preservation of food products. Food technologists study the chemical, physical and microbiological makeup of the food and are involved in its processing, preservation, packaging and storage in safe, wholesome and nutritious form. Food technologists are mainly required in food industries, mills, distilleries, packaging industry and hotels. They are employed as professionals in quality assurance, food production, analytical and research laboratories and new product development. Food technology professionals also work as consultants, advisor, auditors in inspection boards or quality assurance departments. Companies like Hindustan Lever, Britannia, Danone, Heinz, Kellog, Nestle, Pepsico, Cadbury, Kraft Food, Intertek, Haldiram, Hind Agro Foods, Duke Food and many others recruit food technologists periodically as product development manager, food safety experts, and quality assurance personnel and as scientists for developing new products or bringing about an improvement in existing products.

The Food Technology program at Jamia Hamdard aims at producing professionally competent, proficient and highly skilled personnel in the field of food technology, with a knowledge of various aspects of food science and technology including the quality of raw material, packaging standards and methodology, health and hygiene parameters, processing techniques, storage and food value and educate them on the methodologies for extracting useful by products. The course content includes the functional foods, nutraceuticals, nonalcoholic beverages, medicated water, dietary supplements, novel biodegradable material, transgenic and organic food, good manufacturing and post-harvest practices, fundamentals of chemical engineering, dairy technology, and bioprocess engineering.

Course details

Name of the course: M.Tech (Food Technology)

Duration: Two years (Four Semesters)

Total Seats: 18 (15 General category + 3 NRI/ Sponsored category)

Additional seats are available for Foreign Nationals.

Eligibility: A candidate must have:

  • B.Tech. in Food/Dairy /Agriculture /Chemical/Biotechnology and Mechanical Engineering or M.Sc. in Food Science/Chemistry/ Biochemistry or allied disciplines or BPharm with at least 55% marks in aggregate.
  • Appeared in the Entrance Test conducted by Jamia Hamdard.

Selection procedure: An Entrance Test will be conducted to test the knowledge of the candidates in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Math, Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science of B.Sc. level.

Name of the course: PhD (Bioinformatics)

Duration: Minimum 2 years

Eligibility: A candidate must have:

  • Master degree with minimum of 55% marks in aggregate in subjects such as Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Toxicology, Pharmacology, Information Technology or other allied subjects having relevance to Bioinformatics from a recognized University/Institute.
  • Qualified NET-JRF /NET-LS or equivalent National level test conducted by government agencies such as UGC/ CSIR or as mentioned under the Procedure for Admission to PhD Program in University Prospectus.
  • Appeared in interview conducted by Jamia Hamdard.

Selection procedure: Admission to PhD program shall be made on the basis of interview of the eligible candidates conducted by Jamia Hamdard.

Foreign students with essential qualification may have to qualify an Online test (Aptitude for the subject and English proficiency) before they are accepted for PhD program.

Name of the course: PhD (Chemoinformatics)

Duration: Minimum 2 years

Eligibility: A candidate must have:

  • Master degree with minimum of 55% marks in aggregate in subjects such as Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Toxicology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Information Technology and other allied subjects having relevance to Chemoinformatics from a recognized University/Institute
  • Qualified NET-JRF /NET-LS or equivalent National level test conducted by government agencies such as UGC/ CSIR Or as mentioned under the Procedure for Admission to PhD Program in this Prospectus
  • Appeared in interview conducted by Jamia Hamdard.

Selection procedure: Admission to PhD program shall be made on the basis of interview of the eligible candidates conducted by Jamia Hamdard.

Foreign students with essential qualification may have to qualify Online test (Aptitude for the subject and English proficiency) before they are accepted for PhD program.

Name of the course: PhD (Food and Fermentation Technology)

Duration: Minimum 2 years

Seats: 4 (one seat reserved for Industry sponsored candidate)

Eligibility:

  • Candidates having passed M.Tech (Food Technology), M.Tech (Biotechnology), MSc (Food Science), M.Pharm (Pharmaceutics/ Pharmacognosy & Phytochemistry/ Pharmaceutical Biotechnology), M.Sc (Biotechnology) or M.Sc (Biochemistry) with minimum of 55% marks or equivalent grade from a recognized University/Institute.
  • Have qualified NET or equivalent test recognized by the UGC/Jamia Hamdard in case of M.Sc. or have qualified GATE in case of M.Tech. or GPAT in case of M.Pharm. with good ranking.
  • Appeared in interview conducted by Jamia Hamdard for the purpose.

Major Placement of Students:

  1. Pepsico
  2. Britannia
  3. Cadburys
  4. Kraft Food
  5. Intertek
  6. Haldiram
  7. Hind Agro Foods
  8. Duke Food