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NIFTEM PhD Program Admission 2019, Dates, Eligibility, Application Form

National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management announces admission to PhD Program 2019

NIFTEM PhD Admission 2019 – National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) invites applications from eligible candidates for admission to PhD Program for the academic session 2019


  • National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management (NIFTEM) was conceptualized by Govt of India on persistent demand of the food industry to have an Apex Organization as a One Stop Solution Provider for the various problems of the sector
  • Ministry of Food Processing Industries (MoFPI), Government of India, has set up this institute with an initial investment of about Rs.500 Crore (US $ 125 million)
  • The Institute is spread over an area of 100 acres at a prime location in close proximity of Delhi – Haryana border on NH-1 only 35 km from New Delhi Railway Station
  • NIFTEM has been recognized as a Deemed to be University under De-navo Category by Ministry of Human Resource Development under University Grant Commission Act, 1956


Also See : Phd Admissions


NIFTEM Ph.D Program

NIFTEM offers PhD programs in the following departments and areas.

  • Agriculture and Environmental Sciences: (Post Harvest Management and Processing of fruits and vegetables, Environmental issues in Food Sector)
  • Basic and Applied Sciences : (Food Safety, Food Microbiology, Food diagnostics, Lipid Oxidation, Food fortification, Prebiotics, Biosensors, Active Packaging, Green Energy Technology, Smart materials and nano-composites, Mathematical Biology, Queuing Theory, Studies for setting up of MRL values for various toxicants in food products, Analytical instrumentation & New Analytical method development & validation, Shelf life studies, Risk Assessment studies for various toxicants in food products, Packaging compatibility studies, Structure-Activity correlation, Bio-availability & ADME studies, Nutraceuticals & Functional food, Quality standardization, Harmonization of standards, Calibration for Quality Assurance, Food Quality Systems, Food Regulation & Policies)

Note: All research work undertaken would be related to their application in the Food Sector.

  • Food Engineering: (Static and Dynamic analysis of the Components, Drying Technology, Energy and Energy analysis, Design and development of processing equipments)
  • Food Business Management and Entrepreneurship Development: (Agribusiness, Finance and Accounting, Marketing, Human Resource, Operations, Decision Sciences, Entrepreneurship, Operations Management, Food Supply Chain Management, etc.)
  • Food Science and Technology : (Food Technology, Waste Utilization, value addition, New Product Development, in vitro and in vivo safety evaluation, Nutraceuticals, etc.)


Also See : Admission Notifications


NIFTEM PhD Admission 2019 Important Dates

  • Online application form submission – 16 April to 25 May 2019
  • Announcement of List of eligible/shortlisted candidates (fellowship holders if any) and Announcement of List of eligible/shortlisted candidates for Research Entrance Test (RET)29th May 2019
  • Issue (online) of admit card/interview authorization slip: 31st May to 7th June 2019
  • RET *: 11th June 2019
  • Interview for PhD candidates: 12th June 2019
  • Announcement of Final Merit list for PhD candidates: 14th June 2019
  • Counselling for PhD: 17th to 21st June 2019 (Email Intimation for Counselling will be sent to eligible candidates.)
  • Final list of provisionally selected candidates will be declared: 25th June 2019


Eligibility Criteria for NIFTEM PhD Admission 2019

  • M. Tech. /Master Degree in a relevant discipline with at least 55% marks at Masters. Candidates can apply ONLY IN ONE DEPARTMENT.
  • A relaxation of 5 % of marks (from 55% to 50%) shall be allowed for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC (Non-Creamy layers)/Differently-abled category.

Department Essential Qualification

Agriculture and Environment Sciences (AES)

  • M. Tech. in Food Science/ Food Technology and Management/Food Safety and Quality Management/ Food Supply Chain  Management or M. Sc. Degree in Food Science & Technology/ Life Science/ Agriculture/ Environmental and Allied area from recognized Institute/ University

Basic and Applied Sciences (BAS)

  • M. Tech. in Food Science/ Food Technology and Management/ Food Technology/Dairy and Food Technology/ Process Engineering and Management/Food Safety and Quality Management/Food Supply Chain Management from a recognized University / Institute.
  • In addition or Masters degree in Food Science and Technology /Biochemistry /Microbiology/ Chemistry/ Biotechnology/ Life Science/ Agriculture Science/ Environmental Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Operational Research/ Physics/Materials Science from a recognized University / Institute

Food Business Management and Entrepreneurship Development (FBM) & ED

  • MBA (two years program) or equivalent from a recognized University/Institute/M Tech in Food Plant Operation Management/ PGDBM (two year program) from a recognized institute duly approved by Association of Indian Universities as equivalent to MBA.

Food Engineering (FE)

  • M.Tech in Food Science/ Food Technology and Management / Food Process Engineering and Management/ Food Technology/ Food Process Engineering/ Food Engineering / Dairy Engineering/ Dairy technology /Agriculture and Food Engineering/ Mechanical Engineering/ Automation & Robotics engineering / Chemical Engineering / Biochemical Engineering.

Food Science and Technology (FST)

  • M.Tech. Food Science / Food Technology and Management / Food Safety and Quality Management / Food Supply Chain Management/ Food Technology / Food Process Engineering / Food Process Engineering and Management/ Food Engineering / Dairy Engineering / Dairy Technology / Agriculture Process Engineering / Agriculture & Food Engineering/ Food Biotech/ Food and Fermentation from a recognized university / institute.
  • In addition M. Sc. in Food Technology / Food Science & Technology / Food Science & Nutrition / Meat Science/ Meat Technology/ OR M.Sc. in Animal Product Technology/ Live Stock Product Technology are also eligible for admission. Such candidate may be required to go deficiency courses as per requirement.


Selection Process

  • Candidates will be admitted through PhD Research Entrance Test (RET) followed by interview. CSIR-UGC JRF or any other JRF holders shall be exempted from entrance test but need to appear in interview.
  • RET to be organized by NIFTEM at NIFTEM campus, Kundli. As per entrance paper choice, the syllabus of the Entrance Test shall consist of 50% of research methodology and 50% shall be subject specific. Qualifying marks is 50%. Syllabus for the entrance exam will be uploaded later in NIFTEM website.
  • A relaxation of 5 % of marks (from 50% to 45%) shall be allowed for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC (Non-Creamy layers)/Differently-abled category in the entrance examination.
  • Both NET (including JRF) qualified and RET qualified candidates will appear for interview /presentation where the candidates would be required to discuss their research areas/interest before the interview panel. For selection of candidates, a weightage of 70% to the entrance test and 30% to the performance in the interview/viva-voce shall be given.
  • Separate department-wise (subject specific) merit lists to be prepared

Admit Card

  • Admit cards for Research Entrance Test (RET) may be downloaded from NIFTEM website. No separate admit card will be posted in this regard


NIFTEM PhD Admission 2019 Application Process

  • Application forms for admission into PhD Program of NIFTEM are to be filled online (www.niftem.ac.in) only.
  • Applicants should not send the printed copy of application form to NIFTEM.
  • Admission brochure/guidelines are available on the website. Important Dates

Application Fee (Non Refundable)

  • SC/ ST Rs. 500/-
  • General / OBC Rs. 1000/-


National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management

Deemed to be University (De-Category) u/s 3 of the UGC Act 1956 & An Autonomous Institute under Ministry of Food Processing Industries, GOI NIFTEM Campus Plot No 97, Sec-56, HSIIDC Industrial Estate, Kundli, Distt Sonepat, Haryana-131028 Website www.niftem.ac.in

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