Dr. A.S. Bawa, Director



Qualification: Ph D (Guelph) Canada

Dr. A S Bawa was born on 17 April 1952 at Ambala Cantt., Punjab, India, and graduated in Agriculture with Food Science and Technology as electives from PAU, Ludhiana in 1972 and was awarded ‘Certificate of Honour’. Subsequently he passed his M.Sc. Food Technology with distinction from CFTRI, Mysore in 1974 and started his career at PAU, Ludhiana as Asst. Professor in January 1975. He was awarded with Canadian Commonwealth scholarships for higher studies in abroad in 1978, under which he studied at University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He completed M.Sc. in Meat Science and Ph.D. Food Science from the University of Guelph, Canada in 1983. On return of India he joined CFTRI, Mysore as Scientist ‘C’ in 1983. He left CFTRI in 1985 and joined back at PAU, Ludhiana as Scientist (Food Technology) from where he proceeded to GNDU, Amritsar to establish a new Department of Food Science and Technology in 1993. He continued to be Professor, Department of Food Science & Technology with assignments as Professor and Head, Food Technology (June 1994 to June 1997) and Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences (Jun 1996 to May 1998).

He was Director, Defence Food Research Laboratory, Mysore from December 2000 to April 2012. After joining DFRL, he steered the Laboratory with the mission of designing and developing safe, nutritious and quality food to meet the needs of services and in dissipating state-of-the-art food technologies to the civil population. His dynamic leadership at DFRL had led to the development of light weight convenient, pack rations for Army, Navy, Air Force and paramilitary forces which do not require any elaborate cooking or preparation at the consumer’s end. Through his untiring efforts, DFRL had developed a wide variety of food products of Indian dietary, matching the mainframe palate tastes of the country. As result, today, DFRL caters to the strategic operational requirements of our Services and provide logistic support to the Armed Forces in the area of food supplies. Under his leadership, a number of technologies viz. self contained self heating system, structured fruits, shelf stable ready to eat meat products, neera preservation, meat quality testing kits, zero energy coolers and antifreeze containers for fresh produce, memory enhancing nutraceuticals, medicinal foods, preserved paneer, frozen foods, ready-to-eat retort pouch processed foods, tender coconut water preservation, freeze drying of fruit juices, hurdle technology preservation of fruits, development of frozen foods, high pressure processed foods, development of photodegradable plastics, etc. were developed. His interaction with national and International academia, International Defence Science Centres and Non-Governmental Organizations helped DFRL being reckoned as the leader in the field of Defence food technologies. He has more than 200 publications and 150 presentations in National and International journals and conferences , 66 patents (filed and submitted), 6 book reviews, 10 book chapters including 2 each in Encyclopedia in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition published by Academic Press, UK and "Handbook of Fruits and Fruit processing" published by Blackwell publishers.

He has been Vice President, AFST (I) Ludhiana Chapter (1988-90) and Chapters (North) AFST (I), Mysore (1989-90), President, AFST (I), Amritsar Chapter (1998-2000). He was the President of AFST (I) in the year 2004 and is the Chairman of AAFOSTI. He has been a Member, Board of Studies for various Universities/Institutes. He has guided a number of M.Sc., M. Tech. and Ph.D. candidates. He is a member of the Editorial Board for “Journal of Food Science and Technology” as well as Advisory Boards of “Indian Food Industry”, AFST (I), Mysore and ‘Natural Products Radiance’, a CSIR publication. He is Chairman of "Drinks and Carbonated Beverages Sectional Committee" FADC14 of BIS and Food Additives Sub-Committee of CCFS. He is a regular referee for many National and International Journals. He is a member of the Editorial Board for American Journal of Food Technology and Indian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics.

He has received many awards for his outstanding contributions to the field of food science and technology. He is a recipient of N.N. Mohan Memorial Award in 1986, 1999, 2007 and M/s Gardner’s Award in 1989. He has been awarded by President's "Special Award" 2002 by the All India Food Processor’s Association for his contributions to Food Processing Industry. The Prime Minister presented DRDO Award to him for "Performance Excellence" carrying a citation and cash prize of rupees ten lakhs for the year 2004. He has been awarded by SK Mitra Memorial Award 2007 for outstanding contribution to Food Processing Industry, Prof. V Subramanian Industrial Achievement Award 2006 for empowering the Food Professional and Laljee Godhoo Smarak Nidhi Award-2006 & 2007 by AFST (I). He is also a recipient of Dr. JS Pruthi Award and Dr. Yellapragada Subbarao Memorail Award, 2008 from Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists. He has been awarded with Fellow Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India) for the year 2001 and Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 2009.” Defense Technology spin-off award for the year 2010" by DRDO was presented to him by Defense Minister of India. Best Citizens of India Award-2011’ from Best Citizens Publishing House, India, Shiksha Ratan Puraskar-2011” from India International Achiever’s Forum, India and K U Patel award, from All India Food processors’ Association, 2013 are some of the recent awards.



Mrs.Renu   Mrs. Renu Deepak Khedkar, Assistant Professor



Qualification: M.Tech. (Food Tech.)

Specialization : Food Engineering, Food Technology

Experience: Total 8 years
  • Teaching Experience - 7 years
  • Industry Experience - 1 year
  • From 2008 working as Assistant Professor at Amity Institute of Food Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh.

Guided: 2 M. T4 M. Tech Project

Current Research Status: Pursuing Ph.D. since 2012

No. of publications/ seminars/ workshops attended: Publications- 1 (accepted), Book Chapter-03, Papers presented at Seminars/Conferences -5 Conferences Attended -12

Awards and Recognition : Gold Medalist at B.Sc.Tech.

Any other worth mentioning detail: 1. Diploma in Export Management;

2. Certification Course in Food Safety Management Systems ISO: 22000:2005


Neha   Dr. Neha Sharma, Assistant Professor



Qualification: Ph. D.(FT) ,MBA(HR), NET

Specialization : Food Technology

Experience: Total 8.3 years
  • Teaching Experience - 7 year(s)+ as on date
  • Research Experience - 1.3 year(s)

Guided: 2 M. Tech Projects ; Co-guide of 1 Ph. D. student

No. of publications/ seminars/ workshops attended: Publications- 9, Book Chapter- 01(Co-author), Conferences/Seminars/Workshops- 25

Awards and Recognition: Best paper award for Genetic polymorphism and estimation of parental genomic proportion in a chicken population developed for marker assisted introgression of naked neck gene.

Genome Database Submissions: 2


Dr. Karuna Singh   Dr. Karuna Singh, Assistant Professor



Qualification:  M.Sc Foods and Nutrition, Ph.D

Specialization : Foods and Nutrition

Experience: Total 15 years
  • Teaching Experience - 5 years
  • Administrative Experience - 10 years
  • From January 2011onwards working as Assistant Professor-II at Amity Institute of Food Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh.

Guided: 4 Ph. D. Student (on going), 01 M. Phil Thesis, 40 M. Sc. Dissertations.

No. of publications/ seminars/ workshops attended: Publications-18, Abstract published-17, Conferences/ seminars/ workshops attended- 43, Training and FDP Attended-16, Paper presented in Conferences/ seminars/ workshops-18

Awards and Recognition:
  • Member of Executive councilor committee for Food science Research Journal-an international Refereed Research Journal
  • Member of Executive councilor committee for Asian Journal of Home Science-an international Refereed Research Journal
  • Best Dissertation Award –Got gold medal for best dissertation of M. Sc Foods and Nutrition on 4 March 1998.


Any other worth mentioning detail: Certificate course on Food Safety Management System –Professional Training conducted by BSI


Dr. Chanu Handa   Dr. Chanu Handa, Assistant Professor - II



Qualification:  M.Sc, Ph.D, UGC-NET

Specialization: Food Science and Processing, Cereal & Cereal products

Experience: Total 11 years
  • Teaching Experience - 11 years
  • From July 2011 onwards working as Assistant Professor-II at Amity Institute of Food Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh.

No. of Publications: 5 Research Papers in International Journals

Awards and Recognition:
  • Received Anupa Sahai Siddhu Gold Medal for outstanding doctoral (Ph.D) work, Delhi University, November 2011.
  • Recipient of Young Scientists’ Senior Award for best research paper, Nutrition Society of India, Ph.D work, November 2009.
  • Received Lakshmi Devi & Basant Rai Gold Medal being a University Topper, University of Delhi at Post Graduation level.
  • Received Mrs. Tara Bai Award (Certificate of Merit) for securing Ist position in M.Sc. (Foods & Nutrition), 1999.
  • Reviewer for various international journals such as International Journal of Food Science and Technology, Journal of Food Science, International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, Journal of Food Science and Technology, Food Science and Technology Research etc.



Dr. Monika thakur   Dr. Monika Thakur, Assistant Professor



Qualification:  M.Phil. Ph.D.

Specialization : Applied Microbiology, Mycology & Life Sciences

Experience: Total 10.3 years
  • Teaching Experience - 5.9 years
  • Research Experience - 4.4 years
  • From May, 2009 onwards working as Assistant Professor – II at Amity Institute of Food Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh.

Guided: 2 Ph.D. (Ongoing) 8 M. Tech & M.Sc. Dissertations

No. of publications/ seminars/ workshops attended: Papers: 23, Book Chapter: 2 , Conferences/ seminars/ workshops attended: 31, paper presented in seminar conferences: 10; Training and FDP: 27; Abstract published: 27, Compendium: 1, Monograph: 1

Awards and Recognition:
  • Gold Medalist in M.Sc. Botany, Himachal Pradesh University, in Session (1999-2001)
  • Gold Medalist in M.Phil. (Botany) Session (2001-2002)
  • Certificate of merit 2004 - Post Graduate studies form H.P. University Shimla
  • Certificate of merit – Zenith 2007 – Himalayan Research Scholar Association

    Any other worth mentioning detail
  • Himachal Pradesh University, Junior Research Fellowship (JRF)
  • Qualified – SLET (State Level Eligibility Test) of U.P.S.C. for Lectureship
  • Certificate course on Food Safety Management System –Professional Training conducted by BSI



  Dr. Alok Saxena, Assistant Professor



Qualification:  Ph.D. (Food Technology), M.Sc. (Food Science and Technology)

Specialization : Fruits and Vegetable Processing and Preservation

Experience: Total 10.3 years
  • Teaching Experience - 5.3 years
  • Research Experience - 5 years
  • From November 2009 onwards working as Assistant Professor at Amity Institute of Food Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh.

Guided: 3 Ph.D. (Ongoing) 5 M.Tech Projects

No. of publications/ seminars/ workshops attended: 9 research articles, 3 review article, 1 book chapter, 7 popular articles, 13 poster presentations and 5 oral presentations

Awards and Recognition:
  • Kejriwal Award for Best Article of interest to Industry, All India Food Processors’ Association (2013)
  • Best Research Paper Award, at Lab Raising Day, Defence Food Research Laboratory, Mysore, India (Dec. 2013)
  • Best Review Paper Award, at Lab Raising Day, Defence Food Research Laboratory, Mysore, India (Dec. 2012)
  • Best Research Paper Award, at Lab Raising Day, Defence Food Research Laboratory, Mysore, India (Dec. 2010)
  • Dr. TS Vasundhara Best Research Paper Award, Defence Food Research Laboratory, Mysore, India (Feb. 2010)
  • Defence Research and Development Organization, Government of India Fellowship (2005-2009)
  • Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India Fellowship (2004-2005)
  • Qualified National Eligibility Test (NET) for lectureship conducted by Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (2004)
  • Member, Association of Food Scientists and Technologists, India (AFSTI), Mysore, India (2-L03-07-HQR-I)
  • Member, The Indian Science Congress Association, Kolkata, India (A1226)
  • Editorial Board Member of ‘International Journal of Food Nutrition and Safety’, USA
  • Reviewer of the journal ‘Food Chemistry’, UK
  • Reviewer of ‘Journal of Food Science and Technology’, India
  • Reviewer of the journal ‘Agricultural Research’, India
  • Reviewer of ‘International Journal of Food Engineering’



Shubhra bhargav   Dr. Shubhra Bhargava, Assistant Professor

Qualification: Ph.D. (Food Technology) from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana.

Area of Specialization :Fruits and Vegetables Technology

Areas of interest:Health beverages, functional foods, preservation technology for fruits and vegetables. 
She has an experience of 6 and half months in this field.

Awards and fellowships: Merit fellowship holder during Ph.D.


Ankit Paliwal   Mr. Ankit Paliwal, Assistant Professor

Qualification: M.Tech (Food Tech & Biochem Engg), B.E. (Biotechnology)

Specialization : Fermentation Technology, Biochemical Engg.

Experience: Total 5.5 years
  • Teaching Experience - 4 years
  • Industrial Experience - 1.5 year
  • From January 2011 onwards working as Assistant Professor at Amity Institute of Food Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh.

Guided: 2 M. Tech Projects

No. of publications/ seminars/ workshops attended: Seminar/workshop- 12, FDP- 7, Paper presented in Conferences/ seminars/ workshops-5


Ms. Mandeep Kaur   Ms. Mandeep Kaur, Assistant Professor


Qualification: B.E, M. Tech

Specialization : Food Engineering & Technology

Experience: Total 4 years
  • Teaching Experience - 3.5 years
  • Research Experience - 6 months
  • From September 2011 onwards working as Assistant Professor at Amity Institute of Food Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh.

No. of publications/ seminars/ workshops attended: Publications - 9, Book Chapter-03, Books - 01, Conferences/seminars/FDPs- 21

Awards and Recognition: M. Tech - Gold Medallist, B. E. - Merit holder

Copyright/Patent: 01 (For the book, Practice book on Food Technology)
Member ISFE (International Society of Food Engineering).

Reviewer of International journals like: LWT-Food Science and Technology, British Journal of Applied Science and Technology, International Journal of Biotechnology and Food Science, Green Journals etc.
Shradha-Sodhani   Dr. Shradha Sodhani, Assistant Professor


Qualification: B.Sc; Dietitian; Ph.D Texas,U.S.A

Specialization : Human Nutrition

Experience: Total 5 years
  • Teaching Experience - 2 years
  • Industry Experience - 3 months
  • From 2015 working as Assistant Professor at Amity Institute of Food Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh.

Current Research Interest:
  • Importance of breakfast in children and adults with assessment of current nutritional status among Indian subpopulation and development food products enriched with natural ingredients to improve the intake of certain nutrients which are known to be crucial for maintaining optimum nutritional status.
  • Possible uses of phytoplanktons found originally in polar regions in the development of nutritious food products which provide high energy and high protein along with calcium, magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids.

No. of publications/ seminars/ workshops attended: Publications - 2, No. of (International) Conferences - 7, No. of workshops attended - 4

Awards and Recognition:
  • Nominated for Chancellor's Student Research Scholar Award ,Texas Woman's University, Aug. 2010
  • General Academic Scholarship for graduate studies, Texas Woman's University, Aug.2007 and 2008
  • Mary Bryan &Tom Reitch scholarship, Texas Woman’s University, Aug. 2010 and 2011
  • International Graduate Student scholarship, Texas Woman's University, Aug. 2004 and 2006

Any other worth mentioning detail: Certifications
  • Completed the Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training course, Texas Woman’s University,
  • Denton, TX, USA
  • Rodent surgery techniques- UNT Health Sciences Center, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
  • HACCP training (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point), Texas Woman’s University, Denton,
  • TX, USA
  • Food preservation & Confectionery from Indian National Department of Health Ministry, Mumbai, India

Professional memberships:
  • American Society of Nutrition (ASN), USA
  • Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bio-active Compounds (ASFFBC).
  • Nutrition Society of India (NSI)

Dr. Shagun Sharma   Dr. Shagun Sharma, Assistant Professor


Qualification: Ph.D. (Food Tech.)

Specialization : Resistant starch in legumes

Experience: Total 3 years 2 months
  • Teaching Experience - 2 years (During Ph.D.)
  • Pre Doc. Research Experience - 8 months
  • Industry Experience - 6 months at FSSAI, New Delhi
  • Presently, working as Assistant Professor at Amity Institute of Food Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh.

No. of publications/ seminars/ workshops attended: Publications - 5

Awards and Recognition: Gold Medalist (M.Sc. Food Tech.), INSPIRE Fellow (from DST), NET qualified (ASRB).