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Certificate Course in Food and Nutrition is a 2-year certificate course, the minimum eligibility is 10+2 from any recognized college or its equivalent exam. Admission to Course depends upon the premise of candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam, and subsequent round of counselling.

Some of the top colleges and institutes which provide admission to Certified Course in Food and Nutrition are as follows:

  • VLCC Institute - Dilsuknagar, Hyderabad
  • VLCC Institute, Ambala
  • VLCC Institute, Jabalpur
  • VLCC Institute, Jaipur

The average tuition fee charged for the course in India ranges between INR 5,000 to 5 lacs, for a span of 2 years.

Certificate Course in Food and Nutrition program provide candidates with a wide range of both innovative practices and fundamental principles in the subject areas, so candidates can apply their skills and knowledge proficiently in the food and health sectors and in related industries. The program is designed to help the candidates to engage in direct services for older adults and senior citizens, for example, residential and day care facilities, old age homes, rehabilitation services in the private and government sector.

    Food Nutrition is the best field of study that has offered wide career opportunities in numerous sectors of the economy. The program provides you with the opportunity to develop propelled and advanced skills in the design and execution of research in the field of human nourishment and dietetics.

    The course is beneficial for those candidates who are interested in food nutrition and can plan, maintain time and have a good interest in gathering information and research. It helps those candidates who have decent communication and group-working skills, sharp personality for detail and ability to accurately record results.

    Such candidates are hired in capacities such as Nutrition Sales Executive, Clinical Dietitian, Management Dietitian, Consultant Dietitian, Nutrition Research Scientist, Community Dietitian, Nutrition Product Manager, Trainee Nutrition Sales Executive etc. A fresh candidate in this field can earn an average salary between INR 2, 00,000 – 8, 00,000 per annum depending upon the calibre and experience of the candidate.

    Certificate Course in Food and Nutrition: Course Highlights

    Given below are some of the main highlights of the course:

    Course LevelCertificate
    Duration of the Course2 Years
    Examination TypeSemester and Annual
    Admission ProcessEntrance Exam and Merit Based
    Average Course FeeINR 5,000 to 5 lacs
    Average Starting SalaryINR 2 lacs to 8 Lacs
    Top Recruiting CompaniesThe Oberoi Shimla, Taj Bengal, Itdc, Raj Vilas, Mansingh Palace, Taj Palace, The Grand Intercontinental, Wild Flower Hall, Hyatt Regency, Le Meridian, Nirulas Corner House Pvt. Ltd, Macdonald’s Ge Capital, Majestic Park Plaza Pizza Hut, Café Coffee Day, Convergys, Excel, Daksh, Essex Farm, The Plaza Solitaire, 3 Globe Services Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai, Punjab Tourism Development Corporation, TMI Network, Ananda In Himalaya's, Imperial's, Max Healthcare, Fortis Hospital, Metro Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, etc.
    Top Job AreasHospitals, Health Departments, Schools & Colleges, Food Factories, Sports and Health Clubs, Hostels, Athletes Camps Teaching, Research and Developments, Mass Media, Gyms, Slimming Centers etc.
    Top Job PositionsNutrition Sales Executive, Clinical Dietitian, Management Dietitian, Consultant Dietitian, Nutrition Research Scientist, Community Dietitian, Nutrition Product Manager, Trainee Nutrition Sales Executive etc.

    Certificate Course in Food and Nutrition: What is it all about?

    The goal of this certificate program is to provide an all-encompassing overview of current substance, nutrition problems and issues along with their effects on social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. 

    Nutrition assumes a vital part of one's health and well being. A decent balanced diet keeps the body active and fit. The candidates need to get engaged with food presentations, preparations, seminars, group discussions and undertake research work.

    The course prepares the candidates in the areas of nutrition, food, health and management. The candidates will get the knowledge and skills in food science, cooking, menu planning or preparation, innovations and technology in new healthy foods, special diets, catering and cafeteria. The course focus on understanding nutritional science, creating awareness on nutrition, its role and benefits, interpretation of nutrition, people’s nutrition needs, teaching others and implementation of the nutrition program.

    Those candidates who have the ability to understand how to manage with people and direct them about the diet they must take to enhance the general health, to maintain a strategic distance from specific illnesses or to keep the current ailments in control.

    Certificate Course in Food and Nutrition: Top Institutes 

    Given below are some of the top institutes in India that offer the course.

    Sai Nath UniversityRanchiINR 7,000
    DR Babasaheb Ambedkar Open UniversityAhmedabadINR 1,400
    Sant Longowal Institute Of Engineering and TechnologySangrurINR 48,000
    Shrikrishna MahavidyalayaOsmanabadINR 2,090
    Institute of Yoga and NaturopathyAmravatiINR 4,000
    Indira Gandhi College of Distance EducationCoimbatoreINR 4,400

    Certificate Course in Food and Nutrition: Eligibility 

    The common eligibility criteria are B.H.Sc. or B.Sc. (Home Science) with specialization in the related field accredited by ICAR. Some reputed institutes and colleges do conduct entrance examination for admission.

    Certificate Course in Food and Nutrition: Admission Process

    Institutes and colleges basically follow merit-based and direct admission system for Certified Course in Food and Nutrition. Colleges that follow merit-based admission process, consider marks obtained by applicants in board exam and entrance examination. Various institutes and colleges conduct their own entrance test and screening followed by interview for admission to their Certified Course in Food and Nutrition.

    Following are a few entrance tests that are conducted by some of the Certified Course in Food and Nutrition colleges in India:

    • Sai Nath University Entrance Exam
    • DR Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University Entrance Exam
    • Sant Longowal Institute Of Engineering and Technology Entrance Exam
    • Shrikrishna Mahavidyalaya Entrance Exam
    • Institute of Yoga and Naturopathy Entrance Exam

    Certificate Course in Food and Nutrition: Syllabus and Course Description

    A year-wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.

    Course of StudyDescription
    Nalanda School of ManagementBlock-1: Food Groups, Nutrients and their Functions Unit 1 Food and Food Acceptance Unit 2 Functions of Food Unit 3 Macronutrients and their Functions Unit 4 Micronutrients and their Functions Unit 5 Basic Food Group Block-2: Food Choice and Preparation Unit 6 Let Us Choose the Right Food Unit 7 How Healthy is Our Meal Patterns? Unit 8 Let Us Ensure Taste and Nutrient Retention Unit 9 Let Us Make Our Food Safe to Eat Unit 10 Let us Preserve Food Block-3: Process of food Selection and Preparation-I Unit 11 Preparation and Nutritive Value of Cereals and Millets Unit 12 Selection of Fats and Oils and Nutritive Value Unit 13 Selection and Preparation of Sugar and Jaggery and their Nutritive Value Unit 14 Selection, Preparation and Nutritive Value of Pulses, Nuts and Oil Seeds Unit 15 Selection, Preparation and Nutritive Value of Milk and Milk Products Unit 16 Selection, Preparation and Nutritive Value of Eggs and Flesh Foods Block-4: Process of Food Selection and Preparation-II Unit 17 Selection, Preparation and Nutritive Value of Vegetables Unit 18 Selection of Fruits and their Nutritive Value Unit 19 Spices, Condiments and Salt Unit 20 Selection, Preparation and Nutritive Value of Beverages Unit 21 Convenience Foods
    Your Food and Its UtilizationBlock-1: How to Meet the Nutritional Needs of the Body? Unit 1 Food, Nutrition and Nutritional Status Unit 2 Recommended Dietary Intakes for Indians Unit 3 Daily Food Guide and Balanced Diet Block-2: Assimilation of Food and Effects on Growth and Activity Unit 4 Assimilation of Food into the Body Unit 5 Growth Pattern and Nutritional Requirements Unit 6 Malnutrition and Health Unit 7 Food Energy. Activity Pattern and Body Weight Block-3: Nutrition of the Mother and the Child Unit 8 Nutrition Through the life Cycle – Pregnancy and Foetal Growth Unit 9 Nutrition through the Life Cycle - Infancy Unit 10 Nutrition through the Life Cycle – Pre-School Age Block-4: Nutrition from School Age to Old Age Unit 11 Nutrition through the Life Cycle – The School Age Unit 12 Nutrition through the Life Cycle – Puberty and Adolescence Unit 13 Nutrition through the Life Cycle – Adulthood Unit 14 Nutrition through the Life Cycle – Old Age Requirements and Special Needs Block-5: Nutritional Status, Food Habits and Food Misconceptions Unit 15 Assessment of Nutritional Status Unit 16 Our Food Habits Unit 17 Food Misinformation
    Economics of FoodBlock-1: Food Budgeting, Agricultural Production and Distribution Unit 1 How do we Spend our Food Money? Unit 2 How Do We Plan on Growing Our Food? Unit 3 Public Distribution System Block-2: Governmental Policies and Programmes Unit 4 Government's Agriculture Policies Unit 5 Government's Poultry and Pisciculture Programmes Unit 6 Operation Food Programmes Unit 7 Supplementary Feeding Programmes Block-3: Protection, Safety and Consumer Education Unit 8 Protection of Food Supplies Unit 9 Food Adulteration and Precautions Unit 10 Consumer Education

    Certificate Course in Food and Nutrition: Career Prospects

    Food Science and Nutrition program is highly demanded because of a wide number of career opportunities in the field. The program is wide and bargains significantly with food processing or preservation technologies, storage procedures and techniques and in addition sanitation procedures and quality assurance.

    The candidates can find a wide verity of jobs in hotel and tourism sectors, food and nutrition sectors, resorts and recreational or health clubs, industrial and software organizations canteens and hospitals, welfare department, healthcare services, science and health magazines, publications in nutritional journals, in schools, colleges and universities. The qualified candidates can search jobs as consultants, teachers, writers, nutritionists, content developers, dieticians, researchers, managers, administrators etc. The candidates can also venture into their own business in services of catering.

    Nutrition Sales ExecutiveNutrition Sales Executive is responsible for offering advice, answering questions and queries, introducing new products, demonstrating and presenting products, establishing new business and organizing sales visit.INR 2 to 3 Lacs
    Clinical DietitianClinical Dietitian is responsible for giving medical nutrition treatment to patients for example hospitals and nursing homes.INR 2 to 3 Lacs
    Management DietitianManagement Dietitian is responsible to help patients for healthy nutrition selections, isolating certainty from fiction and recognizing good dieting plans, from those that don't give ideal nourishment.INR 3 to 4 Lacs
    Nutrition Research ScientistNutrition Research Scientist is in charge of an undertaking, designing and analyzing information from controlled lab-based experiments, investigations and trails.INR 4 to 5 lacs
    Nutrition Product ManagerNutrition Product Manager is in charge for roadmap, strategy and feature definition for the product. They additionally oversee forecasting, marketing and profit and loss responsibilities.INR 7 to 8 Lacs

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