- Dr.R.Gyana Prasuna, M.Sc., Ph.D.
The department since its inception in 1998 has rendered unmatched service to the discipline of Microbiology. The program of Food science and Technology, was started in 2008 on the basis of the large demand for the food technologists. Highly experienced teachers with impressive portfolios of research and teaching expertise constitute the department. Research in the department has been supported by Government agencies and Industries like UGC, DST, APCOST, and HPCL in the form of 20 research projects. Faculty members are engaged in active research in varied areas including bioremediation, mycotoxicology, antimicrobial activities of medicinal plants, biofertilizers, biofuels, probiotics and carbon sequestration. The overall goals of the department are to develop scientists with strong interdisciplinary skills in research design, critical thinking and communication. The highlights of the Department include, uncompromising commitment to teaching practical laboratory skills, outstanding employment record and development of employability skills.
The career prospects of Microbiology graduates are bright. Our alumni occupy important positions in government, and Industries. Major recruiters include Bureau of weights and measures, India, Indian Immunologicals, Gland Pharma, Pfizer, Reddys laboratories, Aurobindo and Krebs Biochemicals.
Food Science and Technology students are trained to provide maximum hands on experience for choicest recruitments in food industries. The course offers openings to the students as Research assistants and scientists into National and International Institutes like CFTRI, Mysore and NIN, Hyderabad. Our alumni include students employed in various food industries like Nestle, Dabur, Priya foods, Parle, Capricorn foods and others. Several have also emerged as entrepreneurs and developed their own business. Some of the alumni are engaged as nutritionists in Various Hospitals, VLCC etc. Still others have chosen to work with NGOs such as SEED.