4th Convention

"We are pleased to inform that 4th IDEA Conference is being organised.Details may be referred in enclosed Brochure of Conference."

Brochure IDEA_Seminar 2007

Souvenir IDEA_Seminar 2007

4th Convention

Indian Dairy Engineers Association and National Seminar

"Revamping Dairy Engineering:
Education and Industry in Global Context"

April 11-12, 2007


Lightening Lamp
Certificate to Smita by ARB
Cultural evening - Miss Vyas
Dias during Panel discussion
Address by Mayur Vyas
Address by Dr. Pathak
Address by Sh. M.N. Vyas
Inauguration of Website
Address by convener, Dr. Bhadansa
I.K. Sawhney presenting momento to Mr. A.K. Banerjee



Dr. B. M. Vyas
Prof. M. C. Varshneya
Dr. Nawab Ali
Dr. S. P. Agarwala



Sheth M. C. College of Dairy science, Anand Agricultural University, Anand and Indian Dairy Engineers Association (IDEA) have jointly organized the 4th Convention of Indian Dairy Engineers Association and National Seminar during April 11-12, 2007 The theme of the convention and seminar was “Revamping Dairy Engineering: Education and Industry in Global Context”. The programme was inaugurated by Chief Guest, Mr. B. M. Vyas, M.D., GCMMF Ltd., Anand. Dr. A.R. Pathak, Director of Research & Dean, PG Studies, AAU, Anand presided over the function. Shri. Mayur Vyas, MD, Sabar Dairy; Shri. Mohanbhai Patel, General Manager, Choriyasi Dairy, Surat were present on the occasion as the Guests of Honour. On the occasion, Mr. B.M. Vyas launched the website of IDEA (Dairyidea.com) and released a souvenir containing abstracts and papers invited from speakers as well as eminent persons of the field. During the inaugural function, two eminent dairy engineers, Dr. A.K. Banerjee and late Dr. U.S. Shah were honored with citation and shawl by the Chief Guest of the function. The honour of Late Dr. U.S. Shah was received by his sons Shri. Apurva Shah (USA) and Shri. Anup Shah (USA). Dr. B.P Shah, Principal & Dean, SMC College of Dairy Science, AAU, Anand delivered the welcome address and Dr. S.P. Agrawala, Head, DE Division, NDRI, Karnal and President, IDEA briefly addressed the delegates on the theme of the convention and seminar. The inaugural session was concluded with the vote of thanks by Dr. A.G. Bhadania, Professor & Head, Department of Dairy Engineering, SMC College of Dairy Science, Anand and Convener of the programme.

A poster session organized on the occasion was inaugurated by Shri. Mayur Vyas, MD, Sabar Dairy, Himatnagar. During the poster session, 15 posters were presented by the delegates, students and researchers. The convention and the seminar was attended by more than 150 delegates from various Dairy & Food Processing Industries, Equipment Manufacturing Industries, Dairy & Food Engineering Scientists and veteran Academicians from various states of the country. The eminent engineering professionals, academicians and scientists contributed their invited presentations on the theme of the seminar.

The convention included two technical sessions on April 11, 2007 and a panel discussion session followed by valedictory function on April 12, 2007. The valedictory functioned was presided over by Dr. B.P Shah, Principal & Dean, SMC College of Dairy Science, AAU, Anand. Dr. A.K. Banerjee was the Chief Guest and Dr. K.C.P. Singh as the Guest of Honour. During valedictory function, prizes for poster session and the certificate of life members of IDEA were distributed. Dr. J. B Prajapati, Professor and Head, Department of Dairy Microbiology, SMC College of Dairy Science, AAU, Anand delivered the welcome address and Dr. J. B. Upadhyay, Associate Professor, SMC College of Dairy Science, AAU, Anand proposed the vote of thanks. A cultural evening was organized on April 11, 2007 by the students of SMC College of Dairy Science, Anand, which was highly entertaining to all the delegates. Dr. A. G. Bhadania and Dr. S.C. Agrawala gave the trophy to the group of students who have participated in the entertainment programme. Dr. S.P. Agrawala, President of IDEA as well as all other dignitaries have highly appreciated the entire programme.

In the Technical Sessions, following aspects related to the theme were discussed:

(1) An Overview of Evaluation, Quality Assurance, Measures and Plausible Recognition of Concurrent Educational Programmes on Farm Produce Processing by Dr. R.S. Sharma, Retired Principal, SMC College of Dairy Science, AAU, Anand.

(2) Hands on Experience - Effective Tool to Revamp Dairy Engineering by Dr. H. K. Desai, M.D., Vidya Dairy, Anand.

(3) Suggestions for B. Tech (DT) course by Mr. Ashutosh Manohar, Tetra Pak, Pune

(4) Dairy Education & Future Challenges from Industry perspective by Mr. Rakesh Verma, Chief Engineer, Nestle India Ltd., Moga.

(5) Restructuring of Dairy Engineering Education by Shri. I.K. Sawhney, Principal Scientist, Dairy Engineering Division, NDRI, Karnal.

The Panel Discussion was conducted on April 12, 2007 to pinpoint the knowledge gaps and measures to revamp the curriculum. Dr. S.P. Agrawala initiated the discussion indicating the scope and need of revamping curriculum. Dr. H.K Desai, Dr. A.K. Banerjee, Dr. J.M. Dave, Dr. B.P. Shah, Dr. S.C. Aggarwal, Er. P.G. Wasnik and Er. G.R. Grover shared their views based on their experience in the field. After the comprehensive presentations and deliberations in the Technical Sessions and Panel Discussion, the following recommendations were emerged:

(1) It was recommended that the present B. Tech (DT) degree of four year duration should be modified into a five year degree keeping the fifth year voluntary, in which the students will have the choice of getting an additional/integrated masters degree in management.

(2) It was suggested that the present curricula should be fortified with special subject pertinent to equipment design and simulation such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) for drawing and plant designing. Moreover students be given the knowledge in using advanced soft wares for data handling and management The students studying Dairy Engineering should be proficient in computer development of soft wares for the various milk processing and product manufacturing operations in the dairy industry.

(3) It has been suggested to make students familiar with the latest equipment standards, specification, their design and maintenance, etc. Suitable courses on process automation and MIS need to be introduced in the curriculum in order to make the students familiar and empower them to tackle the automation related problems at their own.

(4) It was suggested that the concepts like Hazard Analysis Critical Point System (HACCP), Statistical Quality Control and its adaptation for monitoring all the engineering services in a dairy plant for improved operating conditions, precision, efficiency, proactive prevention, control and corrective action towards minimal maintenance be involved.

(5) It is very essential to have hands on experience in engineering aspects and students should be given opportunity of handling engineering services and maintenance. The gap in academic syllabus should be filled in by arranging extra training with industries.

(6) It was suggested to restructure dairy engineering courses in the curriculum and to make it more compatible with the current requirements of dairy industry. The modified curriculum should take care of the need for entrepreneurship development.

(7) Concerns were expressed that the education funding on the extent and quality of engineering laboratories and pilot plants are on the decline. As a result of this, majority of the institutions are lacking in fully equipped laboratories and students have few opportunities to actually operate state-of the-art equipments and modern analytical appliances. There is an urgent need of refurnishing and restoring the engineering laboratories of Dairy Science Colleges in the country.

(8) The compliance of automation in dairy industry is non-negotiable. With the growth in technology-driven dairy developments, innovative engineering inputs should be incorporated in the syllabus. The engineering experts from the industry may be invited to interact with the educational institutions to share their needs and experience with the students.

(9) It was emerged that the class pattern and student evaluation schedules need to be restructured to give maximum time for theory in order to justify the syllabi in more detail.

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