• Department of Food Science and Nutrition
  • Department profile

    Food Science and Nutrition includes the components of foods, their chemistry and technologies involved in processing and preservation, food safety and human nutrition for overall health and well being of the community. The department of Food Science and Nutrition has taken up the challenge of ensuring “HEALTH FOR ALL” since its inception and has built its programmes oriented towards excellence and community development to mould the future teachers, nutritionists, administrators, research workers and home makers into nutrition and health conscious citizens.

    VISION

    Centre for Excellence to strengthen Public Health Nutrition, Food quality control and community development through economically viable Food Processing and industry-institution interface in order to cater to the futuristic goals of students and stakeholders

    MISSION

    The Department of Food Science and Nutrition strives to sensitize and equip the students with knowledge and state of the art skills to become brand ambassadors to all strata of society and evolve technologies for improving the food nutrition and health scenario of the community.

    GENESIS AND GROWTH

    • 1958 - Inclusion of Foods and Nutrition as an integral part of Bachelor's degree in Home Science
    • 1961- Introduction of Master's programme in Foods and Nutrition
    • 1966- Recognition for the PhD programme
    • 1976- Introduction of Master of Philosophy programme
    • 1988- Nomenclature changed to Food Science and Nutrition and introduction of double major combinations
    • 1994- Introduction of the B.Sc vocational course in Food quantity control
    • Single Major - Food Nutrition and Diet Therapy
    • 2015 onwards - Food Science and Nutrition
    • 2019 onwards – PG Diploma in Public Health Nutrition
    OBJECTIVES
    • Produce able teachers, administrators and entrepreneurs
    • Conscientise the community on food, nutrition and health.
    • Develop entrepreneurial skills for self employment
    • Function as centre for advanced research
    • Offer expertise to functionaries at all levels
    • Develop and disseminate nutrition education materials
    • Evolve technologies for improving the food , nutrition and health scenario of the community
  • Programmes Offered

    Programmes Offered
    • B.Sc. : Food Science & Nutrition
    • M.Sc. : Food Science & Nutrition
    • M.Phil & Ph.D : Food Science & Nutrition
    • PG Diploma: Public Health Nutrition

    Eligibility

    • B.Sc. : Science group
    • M.Sc. : B.Sc. Home Science and Programmes related to Nutrition and Dietetics, Food Service Management & Dietetics and Family & Community Sciences
    • PG Diploma: : B.Sc. Home Science and Programmes related to Nutrition and Dietetics, Food Service Management & Dietetics and Family & Community Science, Microbiology, Physician Assistant, Nursing, Physiotherapy and MBBS
  • Syllabus
  • Facilities
  • Staff Details
    Name of the Staff Designation Specialization Year of Joining Mail id
    Dr.(Mrs.) S.Kowsalya
    M.Sc, M.Phil, Ph.D
    Professor (On other duty) Biochemistry and Food Science and Nutrition 1991 [email protected]
    [email protected]
    Dr.(Mrs.) A.Thirumani Devi
    M.Sc,,M.Phil.,Ph.D
    Professor & Head Food Science and Nutrition 1991 [email protected]
    [email protected]
    Dr.(Mrs.) M. Sylvia Subapriya
    M.Sc, M.Phil.,B.Ed.,Ph.D
    Professor Food Science and Nutrition 1991 [email protected]
    [email protected]
    Dr.(Mrs.) C.A.Kalpana
    M.Sc.,B.Ed.,M.Phil.,Ph.D.,SLET,NET
    Associate Professor Food Science and Nutrition 1999 [email protected]
    [email protected]
    Dr.(Mrs.) PA.Raajeswari
    M.Sc.,M.Phil, Ph.D.,NET,JRF
    Assistant Professor -SG Food Science and Nutrition 2004 [email protected]
    [email protected]
    Dr.(Mrs.) S.Thilakavathy
    M.Sc.,M.Phil.,Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor-SS Food Science and Nutrition 2005 [email protected]
    [email protected]
    Ms.K.Devi
    M.Sc, M.Ed, M.Phil.(FSN), M.Phil(Edn),JRF(H.Sc), NET(Edn)
    Assistant Professor Food Science and Nutrition 2014 [email protected]
    Dr.(Mrs.) R.Balasasirekha M.Sc.,PGDCA,M.Phil.,Ph.D.,NET Assistant Professor Food Science and Nutrition 2015 [email protected]
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    Dr.K.Sujatha
    M.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D., NET
    Temp.Assistant Professor
    Mrs.N.Deepa sathish
    M.Sc., M.Phil., NET
    Temp.Assistant Professor
  • MOU signed

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    MoU signed with objectives

    Period

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    1

    A subcontract was signed between AVRDC - The World Vegetable Center (AVRDC) and Avinashilingam Deemed University for Women (AUW) for a project entitled "A better bitter gourd: Exploiting bitter gourd ( Momordica charantia L .) to increase incomes, manage type 2 diabetes, and promote health in developing countries"

    01.03.2011 to 28.02.2014 with a funding of 49,100 Euros(Rs. 36,00,000/-)

    Investigators: Dr.S.Premakumari, Professor and Head (co-PI) and Dr.M.Amirthaveni, Professor, (PI) Department of Food Science and Nutrition

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    2

    The Memorandum of Understanding between Heinz India Private Limited and Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women - Deemed university for a project on Impact of health drink - "Complan with memory chargers" on growth, memory and cognitive development of children between the age group of 7-12 years of age from June 2011 + 18 months from the date of commencement

    Financial support of Rs.48,35,000/-

    Investigators: Dr.S.Premakumari, Dean, Faculty of Home Science, Dr.N.S.Rohini, Professor and Head, Department of Psychology, Dr.S.Kowsalya, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition Dr.R.Radha, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Service Management and Dietetics and Dr.Preetha menon, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology.

    3

    Small scale funding agreement with Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore and UNICEF, Chennai to implement the activity "SMART survey under CMAM initiative in Tribal Attapady, Kerala"

    December 2015 to May 2016 with a total project cost of Rs.18,42,775/-.

    Investigators: Dr. Dr.M.Sylvia Subapriya and Dr.Pa.Raajeswari, Department of Food Science and Nutrition.

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    The Memorandum of Understanding between with Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore and Shanti Ashram, a Public Charitable Trust, Coimbatore to establish a Community Nutrition Hub and research collaboration by identifying areas of shared interest including public health and primary care research

    Five years from June 2017 to May 2022

    Liasion Officer: Dr. A. Thirumani Devi, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition.

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    5

    MoU is entered into between Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for women, Coimbatore and University of Reading (UR), Reading, UK with the following objectives: Joint training of post graduate students, research scholars and staff in the area of Food Science and Nutrition, Nutrigenetics, Personalised Nutrition, Food Service Management and Dietetics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology

    • Collaborative research between the institutes in Food Science and Nutrition, Nutrigenetics, Personalised Nutrition, Food Service Management and Dietetics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
    • Exchange of invitations to research scholars and faculty in research activities
    • Collaborative workshops, seminars and conferences
    • Exchange of information in fields of interest to both parties

    Five years from 3 rd April 2018

     

  • Research Scholar Details

    NAME

    REG. NO

    TITLE

    SUPERVISOR

    VIVA DATE

    FT/PT

    R.V.Lakshmi alias Anusha

    14PHFNP001

    Undernutrition and Risk of Infections in Underfive Children from Urban Low Income Families of South Delhi

    Dr.M.Sylvia Subapriya

    12.03.2020

    PT

    N.Deepa Sathish

    12PHFNP001

    Nutritional Status of Lower Limb Injured Type 2 Diabetic Subjects and Effect of Value Added Health Mix on Surgical Outcome

    Dr.A.Thirumani Devi

    10.01.2020

    PT

    G.Suba

    12PHFNP003

    Effect of Nutrition Intervention on the Symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome among Women of Reproductive Age (20-45 years)

    Dr.A.Thirumani Devi

    14.02.2019

    PT

    Anto Cordelia.T.A

    11PH89

    Nutritional Status of Semai Aborigines (orang Asli) in Perak,Peninsular Malaysia.

    Dr.M.Sylvia Subapriya

    24-8-2018

    PT

    Thongam Chanu Anel

    11PH106

    Effect of Interventions of Hibiscus sabdariffaLinn on nutritional status and work performance of Thanga ta Athletes in Manipir

    Dr.M.Sylvia Subapriya

    07-4-2018

    FT

    M.Ramya

    12PHFNF004

    Synthesis of eco friendly nano granular films in food packaging using medicinal plants and nano particles

    Dr.M.Sylvia Subapriya

    06.01.2018

    FT

    S.Ithayamalar

    11PH103

    Evaluation of a Functional Food Supplement on Body Composition of Obese Young Adults and Influence of a Selected PPAR Gamma Gene Polymorphism on its Outcome

    Dr.S.Kowsalya

    05.12.2017

    FT

    Shunmukha Priya

    14MPFNF002

    Bioavailability of micronutrients from regional diets using atomic absorption spectrophotometry and CaCO 2 cell model

    Dr.S.Kowsalya

    15.9.2017

     

    FT

    Girija K

    12PHFNF003

    In vivo evaluation of protein supplement in the management of uremia

    Dr.R.Radha

    FSMD

    17.08.2017

    FT

    Swarnalatha A

    11PH87

    Hypertension – prevalence, demographic factors and effect of dietary intervention with functional foods and life style modification strategy

    Dr.M.Amirthaveni

    28.6.2017

    PT

    K.U.Pavitra Krishna

    12PHFNF001

    Effect of Interventions onVitamin A and Iron Nutritional Status among Primitive Tribal Children in Nilgiris district.

    Dr.M.Sylvia Subapriya

    09.02.17

    PT

    Sujatha K

    10PH028

    Impact of intervention on the iron nutriture of adolescent girls (13-18 years) and young women (19-35 years) from rural Coimbatore

    Dr.S.Kowsalya

    4.02.2017

    PT

    Sivakami R

     

    Haemopoetic micro nutrient fortified rice on the nutritional status and cognitive performance of anaemic adolescents

    Dr.C.Yegammai

    25.01.2017

    PT

    Padma Priya T

    11PH88

    Prevalence of micro nutrient deficiencies among SHG women and the impact of interventions

    Dr.U.K.Lakshmi

    15.12.2016

    PT

    Bharathi Dhevi V R

    11PH14

    Impact of supplementation of iron rich biscuits on anaemic tribal adolescent girls

    Dr.N.Bhooma

    14.12.2016

    PT

    Radhapriya D

    10PH056

    Bone mineral health of women and impact of intervention strategies

     

    Dr.U.K.Lakshmi

    22.07.2016

    PT

    Gomathi K

    12PHFNP002

    Antidiabetic effects of bittergourd (Momordica Charantia L) extract on prediabetics and evaluation of nanoparticles

    Dr.M.Amirthaveni

    11.07.2016

    PT

    Sridevi J

    10PH081

    Nutraceutical potential of Black rice (Orysa sativa L) Hypoglycemic activity in ­streptozotocin induced diabetic rats

    Dr.S.Kowsalya

    10.02.2016

    FT

    Usha Rani R

    11PH43

    Effect of supplementation of health mix and nutrition education on the health and nutritional status of handloom weavers

     

    Dr.U.K.Lakshmi

    16.09.2015

    FT

    Vidhya.P

    09PH54

    Formulation, standardization and evaluation of heart friendly mix on selected cardio vascular and hyper cholesterolemia subjects

    Dr.N.Bhooma

    08.06.2014

    FT

    Tharani Devi

    10PH072

    Obesity related health risks and its impact on dietary intervention and lifestyle modification

    Dr.M.Amirthaveni

    03.07.2014

    FT

    Prasanthi.P

    10PH021

    Hypolipidemic effect of high fiber and omega 3 rich foods

    Dr.M.Amirthaveni

    02.07.2014

    FT

    Abirami R.G

    10PH26

    Nutritional and safety evaluation of under exploited sea weeds and nutraceutical potential ULVA factiata

    Dr.S.Kowsalya

    26.09.2013

    PT

    Amrutha Veena.K

    09PH55

    Prevalence of micro nutrient deficiency in Ramanathapuram district and and impact of dietary interventions.

    Dr.S.Kowsalya

     

     

    Sugasri

    09PH53

    Development and Evaluation of functional food mixes on adult with CVD and impact of diet counselling

    Dr.U.K.Lakshmi

    21.12.2012

    FT

    Rohini Tiwari

     

    Role of Diet counseling, modification and positive therapy in minimizing stress and anxiety among school going adolescents in Coimbatore

    Dr.C.Yegammai

    10.10.2012

    FT

    Alli.M.V

    07PH35

    Promoting Nutritional status and behavior pattern of autistic children through dietary intervention

     

    Dr.S.Premakumari

    28.06.2012

    PT

    Anu Joseph

     

    Prevalence of obesity among different age groups and body composition of obese adults in Ernakulam district, Kerala

    Dr.S.Kowsalya

    10.10.2011

    PT

    Pa. Raajeswari

    07PH23

    Impact of nutrition intervention and health education on HIV +ve women

    Dr.N.Bhooma

    06.07.2011

    PT

    Annie Ninan

     

    Impact of Nutritional intervention on pregnant adolescents

    Dr.C.Yegammai

    23.02.2011

    PT

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  • The Indian Journal of Nutrition & Dietetics