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3. Diploma in Dairy Technology (DDT)


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The Diploma in Dairy Technology is developed in collaboration with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India.

The programme aims to develop technician level human resource for dairy industry. Upgrading the technical proficiency of lower level workers/ technicians already working in the dairy and allied sectors is also intended. The focus shall be to develop competencies in procurement of milk, fluid milk processing, production of value added products and quality control aspects in dairy plants. It will also impart development of skills for entrepreneurship to encourage self employment in dairy processing activities. The knowledge imparted shall facilitate good manufacturing practices in the processing sector and hygiene. The quality milk and milk products produced will have good market and export potential. The target group includes: youth, workers/ technicians working in dairy industry, dairy and food processors in unorganized sector, personnel working in dairy cooperatives, state dairy departments and dairy science institutions, small and medium entrepreneurs, NGO functionaries/ trainers and dairy farmers.

The salient features of this programme are as follows:

  • Focus on clean milk production and processing of milk and milk products
  • Courses designed and prepared by professional experts
  • Student centered multimedia learning materials
  • Strong students support services
  • Opportunity to interact with leading experts through teleconferencing

About the Programme

The Diploma in Dairy Technology is envisaged to create competent technician level human resource for the dairy industry. It intends to inculcate vocational and entrepreneurial skills to widen employment opportunities, particularly among rural youth and the disadvantaged section of the society as well as for self-employment. It aims to address the work force requirement of the dairy and food processing industries and focus on upgrading the knowledge and skill of existing workers. The programme caters to educational requirements of the dairy farmers, milk processors, skilled workers/ technicians in dairy industry, personnel working in the State Dairy federations/ dairy departments of states and central Government/ educational institutions, entrepreneurs and NGO functionaries/extension trainers/ rural educators. The proposed programme is being developed with the support from the Ministry of Food Processing Industries.


The main objective of the programme is to:

  • develop technician level human resource for dairy industry.
  • upgrade the technical proficiency of existing and lower level workers/ technicians working in the dairy and allied sectors.
  • develop young entrepreneurs for self-employment through dairy technology and associated activities
  • impart knowledge and technical proficiency in:
- Clean milk production and handling
- Processing of milk
- Manufacture of western and indigenous dairy products
- Testing and quality control of milk and milk products
- Marketing and economical aspects
- Managing small and medium enterprises
  • facilitate Good Manufacturing Practices in the processing sector

Programme Structure

In order to be eligible for award of the Diploma, a student has to complete the following eight courses (integrated with practical) equivalent to 32 credits (1 credit is equal to 30 study hours)

Course Code Course Title Credits
BPVI-011 Milk Production and Quality of Milk 4
BPVI-012 Dairy Equipment and Utilities 4
BPVI-013 Milk Processing and Packaging 4
BPVI-014 Dairy Products – I 4
BPVI-015 Dairy Products – II 4
BPVI-016 Dairy Products – III 4
BPVI-017 Quality Assurance 4
BPVI-018 Entrepreneurship and Marketing 4

Video Programmes: The self learning instructional material shall be supported with the video programmes.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 10+2 pass-outs / Bachelor Preparatory Programme (BPP) from IGNOU
  • 10th pass can enroll simultaneously for the BPP and the Diploma programme.

Programme Fee

  • Rs. 10,600.00

Fee Concession

The fee concession is available to the following category of students:

All the candidates from the rural areas shall be entitled for 50% fee concession subject to the production of domicile certificates.

The urban students below poverty line may also be given 50% fee concession subject to production of income certificate

This fee concession is not applicable to PG Diploma, PG Certificate and Ph.D. Programmes of School of Agriculture


  • Minimum - 1 year
  • Maximum - 4 years

Medium of Instruction

  • English
  • Hindi

Target Group

  • Rural Youth
  • Senior Secondary pass-outs
  • Skilled workers in dairy and food industries
  • Small and medium entrepreneurs dairy and food processors in unorganized sector
  • Personnel working in dairy cooperatives, state dairy departments and dairy science institutions
  • Small and medium entrepreneurs
  • NGO functionaries/ trainers and
  • Dairy farmers

Job Opportunities Job opportunities for the pass outs of this programme includes: secretary dairy cooperative society, milk procurement supervisor, milk tester, dairy plant operator/ technician/ supervisor, product technician ( ice cream/ cheese/ butter/ indigenous dairy products) unit, dairy assistant, chilling centre supervisor, quality control assistant, packaging assistant, marketing assistant, distribution assistant, retail supervisor, store assistant, extension assistant, trainer, and self entrepreneur as milk contractor, transporter, dairy products manufacturer( indigenous and western), owner- milk parlour/milk booth/ ice cream parlour, wholesale distributor, retailer and exporter of milk and milk products.

Student Support Activities

Learning Material: The printed study material is sent to the registered students at home by post.

Audio-visual learning aids: The learning package also contains audio and video cassettes and CDs which have been produced by the University. A video programme is usually of 25-30 minutes duration. These programmes can be heard/viewed at the study centre during specific sessions, or purchased for use at home.

Counselling:Counselling sessions are held according to a schedule drawn up by the study centre coordinator, usually during weekends.

TV counselling and Tele-conferencing: Through GyanDarshan Channels and EduSat. One GyanDarshan channel is available on DTH platform.

Radio Counselling: Through phone-in programmes on AIR and GyanVani

  • 1 credit = 30 hours of student’s study time

Study Centres

In addition to the list of programme study centres mentioned in the application for this programme, few more study centres have been approved and activated. Efforts are being made to include few more programme study centres for this programme in order to cover the entire country and for further details contact nearest regional centre or School of Agriculture. The complete list of programme study centres activated for the “Diploma in Dairy Technology” is as follows:

State/UT RC & its Code PSC Code PSC Address
A & N Islands Port Blair (02) 0209 (P) Dr. S.K. Zamir Ahmed, Prog. In-Charge, IGNOU Prog. Study Centre, Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI), Garacharma, P.O. Box No.-181,

Port Blair-744101, A & N Islands (UT) Ph: 03192-250436,250340

AP Hyderabad (01) Dr. V. Hanumantha Reddy, A.P. Dairy Development Co-op. Federation Ltd.,

Vijaya Bhavan, Lalapat, Hyderabad – 500017

Gujarat Ahmedabad (09) 0984 (P) Mr. Dilup M. Dravid, Programme Incharge, IGNOU Programme Study Centre, A.D. Patal Institute of Technology, B/H – IV Phase, GDIC, P.O. Box – 52, Vithal Udyog Nagar, New Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat – 388121

Ph.: 06292-233680 (M – 09426585384) Email : dileep_d@yahoo.com

Haryana Karnal (10) 1039 (P) Dr. GR Patil, Programme Incharge, IGNOU Programme Study Centre, National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal – 132001.

Ph. 0184-2259003, 2259007, 2254751, (M) - 09466149003 Email : grpndri@yahoo.co.in

Haryana Karnal (10) General Manager, The Hissar & Jind Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd., Dairy Milk Plant, Jind

Ph. 01681 - 225776

HP Shimla (11) 1139 (P) Sh. Ashwani Kumar Thakur, Programme Incharge, IGNOU Programme Study Centre, H.P. State Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Ltd., Totu, Shimla – 171011

(M) – 09418065842 (Off.) 0177-2838776, (R)-2804288 Email : akthakur06@yahoo.co.in

Maharashtra Pune (16) 1648 (P) Mr. Prashant Gorakh Wasnik, Programme Incharge , IGNOU Study Centre, College of Dairy Technology, Warud- 445204, Moha, Dist. Yavatmal

PH. OFF: 07233-247268

Maharashtra Pune (16) 1663 (P) Dr. Pawar Vasant, Programme Incharge, Ignou Prog. Study Centre, Marathwada Agriculture University, Dept of Animal Product Technology College of Food Technology, Parbhani – 431 403 (Maharastra)

Ph: 02452-223801

Meghalaya Shillong (18) 1860 (P) Dr. A.K. Tripathi, Prog. In-Charge, Ignou Prog. Study Centre, ICAR Research Complex , For NEH Region Umroi Road, Umiam, Barapani District Ri-Bhoi,

Meghalaya – 793103 Ph. (o) 0364-2570257 (M – 09436108690)

Punjab Khanna (22) 2235 (P) Sh. Meva Singh, Programme In-charge, IGNOU Prog. Study Centre

Dairy Training and Extension Center, Chatamali, Ropar, Punjab (M) 09888690718, Ph.: 0160-2660300

UP Varanasi (48) 27109 Prof. Asha Pandey/ Sh. Daya Singh, Coordinator, IGNOU Prog. Study Centre, Institute of Agriculture Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi - 221005

(M) – 09415371826/ 09839388591

UP Aligarh (47) 27112 (P) Mr. Apoorva Behari Lal, Programme In-charge, Raja Balwant Singh College, Raja Balwant Singh Road, Agra - 282002

(M) – 09412166332 Email: apoorvablal@rediffmail.com, ablal20@rediffmail.com

UP Lucknow (27) 27154 (P) Prof. (Dr.) S.S. Singh, Prog. In-Charge, IGNOU Prog. Study Centre, Allahabad Agriculture Institute, Deemed University, Naini, Allahabad – 211007

Ph. 0532-2684317

UP/Delhi Delhi – ‘2’ (29) 27120 (P) Sh K.P.S. Sangoo, Programme Incharge, J.V. (PG) College, Baraut Distt. Baghpat, UP-250611,

Ph off: 01234-262130, (M- 09411666418) Email : rajvirsingh5@yahoo.com

Uttaranchal Dehradun (46) 3715 Dr. Birendra Kumar, Govind Ballabh Pant University of

Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar – 263145. Distt. U.S. Nagar. Ph. No. 05944-233579 Email : deanag@gbpuat.ernet.in

Additional Information

The additional information about the admission details are available at IGNOU website – www.ignou.ac.in and our Regional Centres. Additional information about this programme may also be obtained from School of Agriculture.

For further information, kindly contact

Prof. M.K. Salooja,
Director and Programme Coordinator,
School of Agriculture,
G Block, Zakir Hussain Bhawan,
New Academic Complex,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi-110 068, INDIA
Phone: +91-11-29572976
Phone: +91-11-29533167
e-mail: soa@ignou.ac.in, mksalooja@ignou.ac.in
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