The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is offering a one-year diploma course in food and vegetable processing. The admission for Diploma in Value Added Products from Fruits and Vegetables (DVAPFV) will be open till July 15 without late fee and July 31 with late fee.
The programme has been launched in collaboration with the ministry of food processing industries and is aimed at inculcating vocational and entrepreneurial skills to widen employment opportunities, particularly among rural youth and the disadvantaged sections of the society.
“The main objective of the programme is to provide the knowledge and skills for minimising the post-harvest losses and production of value added food products. To develop human resource for post harvest management and for primary processing of fruits and vegetables produce at the production areas clusters,” the University statement said.
The candidates have the flexibility of completing the programme within four years. The medium of instruction is English and Hindi.
The course fee is Rs 12,000, but the candidates interested from rural areas and candidates living below poverty line in urban areas can avail 50 per cent fee concession on submission of valid proof.
The programme is open to any graduate, senior secondary school or class 10 pass out. Candidates who have passed Bachelor Preparatory Programme (BPP) from IGNOU can also apply.