JNTUK, Kakinada had started School of Food Technology in the academic year 2010-11. Over the last few years it has been developed into a full-fledged course with all the required infrastructure.
It is first M. Tech. course in Food Process Technology in Andhra Pradesh. It is also one of the few courses in India with engineering orientation and may be the first with a complete focus on process engineering coordinated under faculty of engineering. It is specially structured to develop manpower with engineering skills to set up and also manage any food industry.
School of Food Technology also started many other programmes to support the Food Industry. One of the important programmes, is setting up of Food Testing Laboratory, with financial
support from MoFPI, New Delhi.
The objective of the Food Testing Laboratory at JNTUK is to provide easily accessible and affordable food quality testing facility to the Manufacturers, Traders, Consumer Organizations, Govt. Agencies and General Public. The cost of the project is Rs. 3.21 Crores (MoFPI grant is Rs. 1.57 Crores and university contribution is Rs. 1.64 Crores). 50 basic quality parameters will be analyzed in the I Phase and the more parameters will be included in the next phase depending upon the requirement of the user Industry. It is the first laboratory established by a government university and even first Food Testing Laboratory of its kind, in the Andhra Pradesh after recent bifurcation.
School of Food Technology also plan to conduct training programmers to Food Safety officials, Consumers, Food Business operators, Food Analysts from Industry and others.
The laboratory has been inaugurated by Shri K. Chandramouli, Chairperson, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India on 09-11-2014.