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A group of students from the Division of Food Science and Technology at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Science and Technology, Shalimar, Srinagar, visited the Department of Food Science and Technology at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, on December 11, 2023.

The primary focus of this educational excursion was the Food Industry Business Incubation Centre, where Dr Hanuman Bobade elucidated the center’s objectives and apprised the students of the available processing facilities. The visit aimed to bridge the gap between theoretical learning and practical applications, allowing students to witness the real-world implications of their academic pursuits.

A pivotal aspect of the visit encompassed an immersive hands-on training session on soy milk processing, led by Dr Arashdeep Singh, Extension Specialist (Food Technology). Students were guided through each stage of production, from the meticulous selection of top-grade soybeans to the final packaging of the end product. The training covered crucial facets, including cleaning, soaking, grinding, extraction, and flavoring, bottling, and processing of soy milk.

Subsequent interactive sessions with department researchers and experts delved into the intricate science underlying food processing, encompassing nutritional elements and stringent quality control measures implemented within the industry. An engaging question-and-answer segment provided students with a platform to seek elucidation on diverse aspects of food science and technology.

In her closing remarks, Dr Savita Sharma, Head of the Department of Food Science and Technology, emphasized the pivotal role such visits play in molding well-rounded professionals. The practical exposure gained during this visit is poised to significantly contribute to the academic and professional advancement of the participating students.

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