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Working at Nutraceutical opens the door to incredible opportunities. Several of our employees started their careers here and have moved up the ranks answering their calling along the way. Every, single one of us is guided by the same north star—the desire to make amazing products that support people’s pursuit of health, wellness and happiness.


Forte of Nutraceutical students is to suggest precise diet modifications for healthy as well as diseased individuals as they learn about natural and bioactive components of food in detail. Many of nutraceuticals students are working in renowned hospitals as nutritionists. To name few Kokilaben Hospital, Jupiter hospital, Asian Heart Institute etc.

Track Total Credits ( T-P-P): 3-9-17

Courses Division( list all divisions):

Track courses (3-6-0)
  • Introduction to Nutraceutical (1+2)
  • Functional Food (1+2)
  • Nutrigenetics (1+2)
Project Courses (0-3-6)
  • Development of Personalized Food  and Medicine (0-1-2)
  • Development of Biopesticides and Biofertilizers  (0-1-2)
  • Development of Immune Boosters (0-1-2)
AELP Linked Project Courses (0-0-11) (For Agriculture Students only)
  • To develop personalized food and beverages rich in Antioxidants and Polyphenols
  • To Develop low-cost omega-3 capsules from fish oil that can reduce inflammation and improve hypertriglyceridemia
  • To develop immune boosters
  • To develop energy bars
  • Development and Application of different pesticides and fertilizers in Organic farm
  • Development and Application of pesticides in fishes
  • Development and Application of drug designing in lab
  • Products/Patents/Publications

Domain Track Objectives:

  • To study the advantages of functional foods over conventional Medicine to avoid potential side-effects
  • To Study about dietary supplements
  • To Study about food gene interface
  • To distinguish between food, functional food, and supplements
  • To learn about Drug Designing,
  • To learn about detailed Protein structure, pharmacophore, basics of
  • Docking and Discovery studio and application in Agriculture, Fisheries and others Sciences

Domain Track Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand Functional foods and their effects on human health
  • To understand the role of antioxidants, polyphenols, omega-3 fatty acids, to prevent different physiological disorders.
  • To Understand the importance of personalized food with respect to nutrigenetics.
  • To be able to design a drug molecule and identify its applications
  • To be able to analyze nanomaterials and use it as Bio-Pesticides and Biofertilizers,
  • To be able to design a drug molecule and identify its applications.
  • To be able to illustrate the structure of Protein, Pharmacophores


  • With the principle of “Let food be your medicine” students can make various food supplements
  • To prevent diseases
  • As Immunomodulators
  • As Therapeutic adjuvants
  • Students can explore the world of authentic, indigenous plants and discover / Identify / Isolate various Phytonutraceuticals and their role in Health.


  • Sc. Nutraceuticals equips the students venture into the Food and Nutraceutical Industry which involves
  • Pre-production testing – Field work of collection of raw materials, Testing and phytonutraceuticals profiling

Food processing unit operator:

  • Quality Control Manager - Maintain the quality of functional food/ Nutraceutical supplements
  • Market analyst - To do the market surveys and be help industry to grow and develop in all aspects


  • One can make own products and be the young entrepreneur. To boost your confidence, we already have startup like Beaniesnack Foods Pvt Ltd - Health Etos,  Growbar Greens-Microgreens.


  • An aspiring individual with good teaching, communication skills, can work in Academics. As such, the core course of M.Sc. Nutraceuticals covers a plethora of basic ‘Life Science ‘ concepts in its foundation, the M.Sc. Nutraceutical degree holder acquires multiple options of core specialization to begin teaching.
  • Prospective Employers ITC Nutrifyindia Himalaya Nutraceuticals Naturals Gram Tarang Foods NutraCulture India Limited Pharma Companies.

About the Programme:

  • Develop trained manpower in the field of nutraceutical Sciences with specific emphasis for exploitation of traditional system of medicine as well as the need for changing trends in the nutraceutical Industry.
  • Training in the formulation, processing, manufacture and packaging requirements of nutraceuticals.
  • Amalgamate conventional biological sciences with modern genomic and proteomic technologies of manufacturing and analysis of nutraceuticals.
  • Impart knowledge of specialty nutraceuticals their design requirements.
  • Exposure to National & International regulatory affairs with reference to Nutraceuticals
  •  ITC Nutrifyindia Himalaya Nutraceuticals Naturals Gram Tarang Foods NutraCulture India Limited Pharma Companies.

Domain Syllabus:

Projects and Products Validation: (3+17) (AELP linked)
  • Develop personalized food and beverages rich in Antioxidants and Polyphenols
  • Develop low-cost omega-3 capsules from fish oil that can reduce inflammation and improve hypertriglyceridemia
  • Develop immune boosters
  • Develop energy bars
  • Extraction of Antioxidants and Polyphenols from different sources. (eg: Ramie, Dragon Fruit, Berries)
Subject 1: Introduction to Nutraceutical (1+2)

Organizational elements, classification of nutraceuticals, dietary supplements, fortified foods, functional foods, and Phyto-nutraceuticals. The scope involved in the industry, Indian, and global scenario, Food Chemistry, Preservatives, food colors.

  • Milk Analysis: Determination of fat, acidity, lactose, protein, adulterants
  • Analysis of water: Collection of the sample, preliminary examination, Total soluble solids, Determination of total hardness, chlorides, dissolved oxygen
  • Analysis of fats: acid value, saponification value, iodine number, antioxidants
  • Analysis of foods: Determination of reducing and non reducing sugar, protein, determination of ash/total protein/moisture in dietary fibers
  • Anti-nutritional Factors: Trypsin inhibitor, Phytic acid, Antifungal activity of cystatin
  • Vitamins: Ascorbic acid by colorimetric method, estimation of Vit A/E
  • Pigments: Curcumin, chlorophyll, carotene
Subject 2: Functional Food (1+2)
  • Prebiotics-   Definition, chemistry, sources, metabolism and bioavailability, the effect of processing, physiological effects, effects on human health, and potential applications in risk reduction of diseases. perspective for food applications for the – Non-digestible carbohydrates/oligosaccharides, Dietary fiber, Resistant starch, Gums.
  • Probiotics- Taxonomy and important features of probiotic microorganisms. Health effects of probiotics including mechanism of action. Probiotics in various foods: fermented milk products, non-milk products, etc. Quality Assurance of probiotics and safety.
  • Drug Discovery - Issues, Target and Lead Identification, Drug And Databases, Drug Properties, Drug Solubility/permeability, ADME, Molecular Modelling, Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship, Target-based drug design, Docking. Pharmacokinetics/ pharmacodynamics, Discussion on Molecular Drug Designing, Targeted drug designing, Application
  • Extraction Techniques: Soxhlet Extraction, Cold Press Extraction, Super Critical Fluid Extraction, CO2 Extraction
  • Isolation and Purification of Phytochemicals: TLC, Paper Chrom, Column Chrom, HPLC, Analysis of Aflatoxin
  • Validation of Phytochemicals: Using different microorganisms and mammalian cell lines
Subject 3: Nutrigenetics (1+2)

Introduction to Nutrigenetics, Nutrigenomics, Concept of Personalized food with special references to athletes. Introduction to different types of public domain databases, data mining strategies, primer designing.

  • m-RNA extraction from treated mammalian cell line
  • Preparation of c-DNA
  • Study of Gene expression in Real Time PCR
  • Electrophoresis

Domain Books:

Introduction to Nutraceuticals:
  • Giuseppe Mazza; Functional Foods: Biochemical and Processing Aspects, Volume 1; CRC Press
  • Robert E.C. Wildman; Handbook of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods, Second Edition; CRC Press
  • Massimo Maffei; Dietary Supplements of Plant Origin; CRC Press
  • Fereidoon Sahidi, Deepthi K. Weerasinghe; Nutraceutical Beverages, Chemistry, Nutrition and Health Effects; American Chemical Society
Functional Foods:
  • Ronald R. Watson; Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs in Health Promotion; CRC Press
  • Fruit and Cereal Bioactives: Sources, Chemistry and Applications; ÖzlemTokusoglu; Clifford Hall III; CRC Press
  • Susan Sungsoo Cho, Mark L. Dreher; Marcel; Dekker Handbook of Dietary Fibre
  • Principles of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics - 1st Edition. Print Book & E-Book. ISBN 9780128045725, 9780128045879.
  • Nutrigenetics: Applying the Science of Personal Nutrition. Academic Press; Reprint edition (19 August 2016).
  • Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics. World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics, Vol. 93
Development of Personalized Food and Medicine
  • Textbook of Personalized Medicine. Authors: Jain, K. K. Springer Publication
  • Development of Biopesticides and Biofertilizers
  • Biofertilizers and Biopesticides Paperback – 29 June 2019 by Krishnendu Acharya (Author), Surjit Sen (Author), Manjula Rai (Author)
  • Biofertilizer and Biopesticide Hardcover – 1 March 2011, by Shalini Suri (Author)
Development of Immune Boosters
  • Immune System: How To Boost The Immune System Naturally by Elizabeth Grace
Session Plan:  1.1.1a.
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Session Plan:  1.1.1h.
Session Plan:  1.1.1i.
Session Plan:  1.1.2a.
  • Milk Analysis: Determination of fat, acidity, lactose, protein, adulterants
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Session Plan:  1.1.2b.
  • Analysis of water: Collection of the sample, preliminary examination, Total soluble solids, Determination of total hardness, chlorides, dissolved oxygen
  • Video Link 1...
  • Video Link 2...
Session Plan:  1.1.2c.
  • Analysis of fats: acid value, saponification value, iodine number, antioxidants
  • Video Link ...
Session Plan:  1.1.2d.
  • Analysis of foods: Determination of reducing and non-reducing sugar, protein, determination of ash/total protein/moisture in dietary fibers
  • Video Link ...
Session Plan:  1.1.2e.
  • Anti-nutritional Factors: Trypsin inhibitor, Phytic acid, Antifungal activity of cystatin
  • Video Link ...
Session Plan:  1.1.2f.
  • Vitamins: Ascorbic acid by colorimetric method, estimation of Vit A/E
  • Video Link ...
Session Plan:  1.2.1a.
Session Plan:  1.2.1b.
Session Plan:  1.2.1c.
Session Plan:  1.2.1d.
Session Plan:  1.2.1e.
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Session Plan:  1.2.1g.
Session Plan:  1.2.1h.
Session Plan:  1.2.1i.
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Session Plan:  1.2.2b.
Session Plan:  1.2.2c.
  • Validation of Phytochemicals: Using different microorganisms and mammalian cell lines
  • Video Link ...
Session Plan:  1.3.1a.
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Session Plan:  1.3.1c.
Session Plan:  1.3.1d.
Session Plan:  1.3.1e.
Session Plan:  1.3.1f.
Session Plan:  1.3.1g.
Session Plan:  1.3.1h.
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Session Plan:  1.3.2a.
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Session Plan:  1.3.2c.
Session Plan:  1.3.2d.

List of Projects/ papers/jobs/products to be done in domain:

2. Projects
  • 2.1. To develop personalized food and beverages rich in Antioxidants and Polyphenols
  • This project includes the extraction of phytochemicals, identification of bioactive compound(s), isolation of this compound, and incorporation in food/beverages. This food/beverages will be specific for people suffering from hyperglycemia, obesity, or may target athletes to provide instant energy.
  • 2.2. To develop low-cost omega-3 capsules from fish oil/ walnuts
  • PUFAs like omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil, walnuts can reduce inflammation and improve hypertriglyceridemia. Formulation of this type of capsule involves drug designing (using Discovery Studio, Biovia) and clinical trials.
  • 2.3. To develop immune boosters
  • Immune boosters are most suitable for children below 10 years and the aged person above 60 years. This will strengthen the internal immunity of the body and will help to combat the common cold viruses, cases of flu, etc.
  • 2.4. To develop protein bars
  • Protein bars are popular among the young generation as they are healthy and tasty. Low-calorie protein bars, rich with fruits and nuts may be a popular product with high market value. The level of carbohydrate, fats, proteins, vitamins need to be standardized and hence basic food biochemistry analysis will be involved.
  • 2.5. To develop the extraction of antioxidants and polyphenols from different sources
  • SCFE (using carbon dioxide) of antioxidants and polyphenols from different sources (eg: Ramie, Dragon Fruit, Berries) can be performed in Gram Tarang Foods Pvt. Ltd. Besides, soxhlet, cold press methods can be explored for finding a commercial way of extraction and supplying it to different food/beverage companies. This project could be beneficial for getting the monetary benefits as well as getting publication by studying the biological efficacy of the plant extracts.
  • 2.6. In-silico Validation of the Phytochemicals on Fish cell line and Plant Microbes
  • The bioactive molecules from phytochemicals can be used against different types of plant pathogens as well as can be used as fish feed to protect from bacterial or fungal action. This will include molecular docking, pharmacophore modelling. In- silico models will be validated using wet lab tests. Quality publications are expected.
  • 2.7. Drug Designing
  • Known bioactive molecules from natural resources will be used for drug designing against different human physiological disorders, such as, Hypertension, Hyperglycemia, Parkinson’s disease and certain metabolic disorders. Validation of the drugs warrants clinical trial and may lead to patent and publications.
  • 2.8. In-silico Validation of Nanoparticle dosages on Fish Cell Line and Plant Microbes
  • Studies on nanoparticles and its applications in plant pathology and fishery sciences are gaining immense popularity. In-silico models will can provide proper experimental design to many research works related to fisheries and plant pathology that would save time, money and man power. Validation of in-silico data in wet lab may lead to quality publications.
3. Products/Patents/Publications
  • All of the above projects ultimately lead to product development and a decent amount of quality publications. Project (1) and (2) have a high potential to get patents if the proper clinical trials can be conducted.

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Preetha Bhadra

Assistant Professor

I have started working in the research field since my Post graduation Days and still learning and will continue to learn. I have started my career in this university as an Assistant Professor of the Department of Biotechnology and I have worked closely in association with “Gram Tarand Technologies” for almost one year. I am […]

Dr.Poulami Sil

Assistant Professor

Currently working in Centurion University of Technology and Management,Odisha as an Assistant Professor in Agriculture Biochemistry and PlantPhysiology. Ph.D. degree awarded (23rd Aug, 2021).