Lucknow: Be it culinary art, or making bakery and confectionery products, the youth of Uttar Pradesh is getting ample opportunities to learn these forms of skills.
The government has especially started diploma courses to train interested youngsters in these crafts. The government is not only helping the youth in making these food items but also in preserving them to sell at better prices.
With this unique effort of the Yogi government, the youth are not only becoming self-reliant but also setting up their own businesses.
The Food Processing Department has established Government Food Science Training Centers in 10 districts at the divisional level. One-year food processing trade diploma, bakery and confectionery trade diploma and one-year culinary arts trade diploma are being offered in these centres opened in Varanasi, Prayagraj, Gorakhpur, Ayodhya, Kanpur, Jhansi, Agra, Bareilly, Moradabad and Meerut.
The state government has set a target of training 1,000 beneficiaries every year through these diploma courses.
For the last 4.5 years, the government is continuously training the youth at the State Food Science Training Centers operating in the districts. As many as 609 trainees in One-Year Food Processing Trade Diploma, 596 in One-Year Bakery & Confectionery Trade Diploma, 598 in One-Year Culinary Arts (Cookery) Trade Diploma, 1166 in One-Month Part-Time Bakery & Confectionery Course, 972 in One-Month Part-Time Cooking, and 1938 trainees have been trained in one-month Integrated Cookery, Bakery & Confectionery and Food Preservation Course.
MSc Food Technology course
The interest of youth in food processing has increased in the state. People are taking training to learn these arts. The government has increased the number of seats for the MSc Food Technology course from 30 to 40 in the Government Institute of Food Processing Technology, Lucknow with the objective of providing trained, skilled and skilled human resources to the food processing industries.