Food and Nutrition

One of the emerging career choices is of food & nutrition experts. Credit for the popularity of food & nutrition courses in India goes to rising cases of health related ailments and increasing awareness of food, nutrition and diet among people. More and more people are getting health conscious and that has led to significant demand in qualified food & nutrition experts in India. Factors like pollution, lifestyle diseases, increasing stress, lack of exercise, poor eating habits and messed up office hours have affected millions of people living in urban India. Nutritionists help individuals in forming a good and balanced diet habit. They also promote good eating habits by considering various aspects of an individual such as age, work routine and sickness etc. Role of food and nutrition expert has acquired critical importance in our lives. They make us aware of different methods of preparation of food according to the principles of nutrition.

To make a career in food, nutrition and dietetics, one needs to join a food & nutrition course at degree, diploma or certificate levels. The minimum criterion to join these courses is passing of 10+2 from any recognized board. One can also go for courses in home science. Those interested in higher studies can opt for PhD and do Research in food and nutrition. Most of the certificate courses in food & nutrition are of 6 months to one year duration. Let’s have a look at different degree, diploma, certificate, and distance learning courses in food & nutrition.

Diploma and certificate courses offered in food & nutrition

J.D. Birla Institute, 11, Lower Rawdon Street, Kolkata – 700020
Website: jdbikolkata.com/index.php

National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad
Website: www.ninindia.org

International Life Sciences Institute, Y 40B, Hauz Khas, New Delhi – 110016
Website: www.india.ilsi.org

Degree courses offered in food, nutrition and dietetics:-

University of Madras, Chennai
Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysore
Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai
Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana
University of Mumbai, Mumbai
Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam
Tamilnadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore

Distance learning certificate courses:-

Directorate of Correspondence Courses and Distance Education,
Central College Campus, Dr. Ambedkar Veedhi, Bangalore University, Karnataka-560001
Website: www.bangaloreuniversity.net

Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University
Prof. G. Ram Reddy Marg, Road No. 46 Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad, Andhra pradesh-500003
Website: www.braou.ac.in

Indira Gandhi National Open University
IGNOU Regional Centre, 52, Tughlakabad Institutional Area
New Delhi-110062
Website : www.ignou.ac.in

Karnataka State Open University
Manasagangotri, Mysore – 570006
Web Site: www.ksoumysore.com

Kota Open University
Rawatbhata Road, Kota, Rajasthan-324010
Website : www.koukota.com

U P Rajarshi Tandon Open University
17, Maharshi Dayanand Marg
(Thornhill Road),
Allahabad – 211001
Web Site: http://www.uprtou.org.in/default.htm

There are plenty of job opportunities in the food & nutrition field in India. One can find great job options in health and hospitality sectors, eateries, wellness spas, fitness centers, nursing homes and sports hostels. Many nutritionists and dieticians work with government hospitals, government’s health department, school, collages, factories and office cafeterias for planning nutritional regiment. Recreations clubs and restaurants also hire food and nutrition experts. Well-paid food & nutrition jobs are available in star hotels and food product manufacturing companies, mass media industry and colleges. One can also work as a private practitioner or consultant.