The first batch of students to take the International Joint MTech Degree in Food Science and Technology (IMDFST) at IIT Guwahati are graduating this year.
The International Joint MTech degree is a joint academic exercise of IIT Guwahati’ Departments of Chemical Engineering, Bio-sciences and Bio-engineering, Chemistry and the School of Agro and Rural Technology with the United Graduate School of Agricultural Science of Gifu University, Japan.
A total of eight students - four students each from IIT Guwahati and Gifu University - comprise the first batch of graduates of this course. The IIT Guwahati students will receive their degrees during the upcoming Convocation.
The ‘participatory curriculum’ of this course provides equal credit-based learning of both theory and research components, enabling an Indian student to earn both Indian credits and Japanese credits based on independently and jointly designed and taught courses by both IIT Guwahati and Gifu University. Similar participatory curriculum is also applicable for Japanese students.
The interdisciplinary course academic theme of Food Science and Technology provides a fine balance between sciences (chemistry and bio-science) and engineering (chemical engineering and bio-technology) disciplines. Since inception, the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Guwahati has been coordinating the IMDFST curriculum till date.
The curriculum spans for a duration of four semesters in which an Indian student would carry out a semester course work at IIT Guwahati followed by an incubation trimester of research activity.
Other notable features of the joint degree are (a) Joint supervision of both Indian and Japanese Professors and (b) Jointly designed and taught courses involving practical exercises in Food Science and Technology and Global Internship.