'Not on paper, but in real life'
This is a novel degree offered by the Department of Dairy Technology under the Faculty of Animal Production and Technology. Department of Dairy Technology is the first of its kind in Pakistan which offers degree programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In this program, we pay emphasis how to impart advance knowledge about milk processing and to train manpower for production, evaluation, marketing of value-added milk products and meeting International standards. This composite degree program equips the competent graduates to cater the professional needs of dairy industry right from dairy farm to end consumer. Because our students learn by doing, they can apply their new ski1ls and knowledge as soon as they move to their place of work. At the same time our training also gives them the flexibility they need to adapt their learning to meet any new challenges they may face.
Persons aspiring to make a career in dairy technology should have scientific temper, willingness to work hard, commitment, an enquiring mind and cleanliness.
Dairy industry is one of the industries which play a dynamic role in Pakistan's agro-based economy. Dairy farming includes breeding and care of milk yielding cattle and buffaloes, procuring milk and processing of milk into a variety of dairy products. Dairy processing involves handling of milk for distribution or its conversion into dairy products. After the milk has reached the plant, processing work begins and it is converted into a variety of dairy products. Dairy Technologists mainly deal with the technical and quality control aspect of the processing industry and also work to develop improved methods in processing, production preservation and utilization of milk and milk products.
Other professionals required in this area include Dairy Engineers, who are responsible for dairy maintenance and related activities; and Marketing personnel who handle the marketing and sales of milk and milk products.
Our success stems from quality teaching coupled with hands-on approach to training at our milk processing plant which is unique in the country. This means we provide students the opportunity for practical training to learn in real situations - an approach that offers far-reaching benefits. Because our students learn by doing, they can apply their new skills and knowledge as soon as they return to their place of work. At the same time, our training also gives them the flexibility they need to adapt their learning to meet any new challenges they may face.
Jobs in Dairy Sector
Dairy Technology graduates have job opportunities in the fields like dairy industries, food industries, beverage sector, academia, research laboratories and institutes, government organizations and quality assurance programs etc.
Dairy industry, now a highly specialized field today involves production, procurement, storage, processing and distribution of dairy products. The main jobs are in production and processing. Openings for a dairy technologist are available in both the public and the private sector. They can find job in dairy farms, cooperatives, milk product processing and manufacturing industries. Quality control departments also recruit dairy technologists. A large number of dairy technologists also start their own business such as small-scale milk plants, creamery, ice-cream units etc or work as consultants. A consultant, however, needs several years of working experience in dairy processing to be successful. Besides there are opportunities for teaching as well as research and development which is another growing area, crucial for the dairy industry.
Financial administration of a dairy plant, the development of a marketing plan and different kinds of quality management systems (HACCP) also comes under the responsibilities of a dairy technologist.