KARACHI: Department of Food Science & Technology, University of Karachi has announced admissions in the second batch of one-year post graduate diploma in Food Safety and Controls. Admission process would commence from March 17th 2014.
Whereas, Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland, U.K. has accredited the program implemented by United National Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The program was initiated under the European Union funded trade related technical assistance program Trade Related Technical Assistance II (TRTA-II), following an analysis also conducted by TRTA-II. The analysis conducted in 2011 covered the Sanitary and Phytosanitary controls. Through research, it was found that skill shortage in various areas of food safety and inspection in Pakistan is due to a lack of dedicated food safety training programmes available in the country. Short courses available then – in HACCP and ISO 22000 – mainly focused on middle level managers in industry.
The analysis established that there was an immediate need for about 3600 professionally trained inspectors with an annual requirement of 100-150 per year in replacements. The Post Graduate Diploma was thus introduced which is designed so as to cover both technical food safety considerations as well as control processes associated with an effective inspection process which include; legislation, enforcement procedure, rules of evidence, dealing with non-compliance, control and management, and extra-professional influences etc.
Chairman, Department of Food Sciences, Prof. Dr. Abid Hasnain, stated that this program is highly beneficial for professionals already serving Food Industries or are interested in food exports.
The candidates having master/B.S four year degree in pure or applied sciences will be eligible for admission, however they will be required to appear in pre-entry test to be conducted by the Department.