B.Sc. (Hons.) Food Nutrition and Dietetics
Community Science College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Madurai has its origin as Department of Home Science in 1980 attached to the Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai offered B.Sc. Home Science degree. The Food Technology unit at TNAU, Coimbatore started during 1972, later was renamed as Department of Food Science and Nutrition in 1982, which was shifted to AC&RI, Madurai during 1984 to strengthen the B.Sc. (Home Science) degree program. During the year 1999, the three year B.Sc. (Home Science) degree programme was upgraded as a four year professional degree course. This institute has emerged as a nodal centre for Education, Research and Extension in five specialized disciplines of Community science namely; Food Science and Nutrition, Human Development and Family Studies and Family Studies, Family Resource Management and Consumer Sciences and Consumer Science, Textile Science and Design and Extension Education and Communication Management. During 2015, the B.Sc. (Food Nutrition and Dietetics) was introduced based on the ICAR Fifth Deans’ Committee recommendations and to take advantage of the growing prospects in food processing and value addition and for its promising business opportunities.
In view of the growing need for qualified graduates in the area of Food Nutrition and Dietetics with strong theoretical and practical exposure in Food Processing Technology, and Nutritional Studies, in addition to the demand for trained professionals in the area of specialization, the B.Sc., (Food Nutrition and Dietetics) later renamed as B.Sc. (Hons.) Food, Nutrition and Dietetics degree programme was introduced in 2017 as per ICAR Dean’s Committee recommendations to meet out the demand of professionalism in food processing sector striving to work towards nutritional security of the country.