About the Department
Department of Food Process Engineering, AEC&RI, TNAU, Coimbatore
The Department of Food Process Engineering was started as the Department of Agricultural Processing in 1974 as one of divisions of the then College of Agricultural Engineering, TNAU, Coimbatore. This department is primarily involved in the development of technologies and equipment in the field of Agricultural and Food Engineering and disseminating the technologies to the farmers, industries, and other stake holders. It is achieved through the mandate of the Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute viz., teaching, research and extension activities as follows:
- Offering quality education and promoting research in the field of Food and Agricultural Process Engineering
- Developing manpower in the field of Food and Agricultural Process Engineering under the broad based agricultural education scenario
- To conduct basic and applied research towards the reduction of post harvest losses, both in durable and perishable crops
- Developing technologies for value addition and preservation of farm produces during glut, the utilization of the farm wastes and residues
- Developing gadgets and improved equipment to reduce drudgery to the farm workers and improve the efficiency of the traditional gadgets
This department offers courses on Agricultural and Food Process Engineering to the undergraduate programmes of Food Process Engineering, Agriculture, Horticulture and Agri Biotechnology.
For the B.Tech. Food Technology Programme, majority of the courses are offered by this department. The course is structured to impart knowledge to students in the latest innovative technologies in the field of food process engineering, like food preservation, handling of perishables, value-addition of agricultural and horticultural commodities, packaging technology, dairy, meat, poultry and fish processing technologies. Totally 22 UG courses are being offered by this department.
In this department, the postgraduate programmes in Agricultural Process Engineering, namely M.E.(Ag.,) and Ph.D. were started in 1984 and in 1992 respectively.
In response to the growing demands of man power from the Research and Development institutions of the Indian food processing sector as well as higher education sector and Government research institutes, postgraduate degree programmes of M.Tech. and Ph.D (Processing and Food Engineering) were started in the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) in Coimbatore.
The course was designed and structured mainly to produce highly competent professionals in food engineering. The Postgraduate scholars are trained in all the latest food processing technologies such as preservation and handling of food, value-addition of agricultural and horticultural commodities, design of food processing equipment, packaging technology, dairy, meat, poultry and fish processing technologies, etc., They are also equipped in all the latest instrumentation and mathematical skills so that they can plan and conduct independent research in the field of food process engineering. Totally 17 courses are being offered by this department. So far 172 M.Tech. and 60 Ph.D. scholars have completed the programme.
The B.Tech. (Food Technology), M.Tech. and Ph.D. ( Processing and Food Engineering) students and scholars are being involved in the project/thesis research work in line with the recent and emerging fields of food process engineering and application oriented with the clientele groups.
Also in this department, ICAR sponsored All India Coordinated Research Project on Post Harvest Engineering and Technology is in operation since 1972. The scheme activities are mainly focused on the development of Food processing technologies and equipment.
Through the research work, about 40 agricultural processing gadgets / technologies have been developed by this department since its inception. These following gadgets and technologies are popular among the farmers and entrepreneurs.
- Double walled bamboo bin
- Husker sheller for maize
- Groundnut decorticator (power operated)
- Arecanut dehusker
- Poultry/fish feed pelletizer
- Dhal mill
- House hold paddy parboiling tank
- Turmeric boiler
- Chilly seed extractor
- Improved four roller sugarcane crusher
- Vegetable seed dryer
- Bottling of Sugarcane Juice
- Sorghum peeler
- Insect trap
- Agricultural Waste Fired Mechanical Dryer
- Puffing- cum-roasting machine
- Tapioca chipper(power operated)
- Seed-cum-urea coating equipment
- Adhesive from tamarind kernel powder
- Stored grain insect trap
- Cleaner-cum-grader for pulses and ragi
- Compost pelletizer
- Process for particle board using coir pith
- Stirrer mechanism for settling of Tapioca Starch
- Tomato seed extractor
- Pulper-cum-washer for coffee
- Vacuum packaging of banana
- Brinjal seed extractor
- Technology of production of tomato paste
- Extrusion cooking for finger millets
- Fluidized bed dryer for mushroom
- Mechanical thresher for pepper
- Improved farm level turmeric boiler
- Hand operated pepper thresher
- Peeler cum washer for production of white pepper
- Cardamom garbling unit
- Cleaner cum grader for cardamom and pepper
- Value added product from cabbage
- Improved farm level Dhal Mill
- Tamarind deseeder
- Turmeric processing machinery
The developed technologies are disseminated to the farmers, entrepreneurs and industrial sectors.