Department of Food Science and Technology

The Department of Food Science and Technology was established in 2014 at Muhammad Nawaz Shareef University of Agriculture, Multan. Keeping in view the current scenario of the world and our own country for food safety and food security, the department is aimed to produce well trained human resource for the emerging needs of the food industry. The major focus of the department is utilization of basic principles of food science and technology for processing and preservation of food commodities to meet the challenges of massive population and fastest growing food industry in the country. South Punjab is the hub for agricultural produce and a lot of food industries are installed here to enhance the quality of food products and there is a great demand of food technology graduates to cope the needs of the area in terms of industry and academia. The present faculty is practically involved in the capacity building of the students through effective teaching and training programs. Malnutrition and unavailability of safe food is the major issues of the South Punjab community. These issues have been taken up as challenge by the department and it started taking initiatives to cater the society through public awareness and developing new food products. In this perspective, the department is aiming to provide all possible facilities in collaboration with different food industries and other neighboring institutes to train the graduates with skills and futuristic vision. The major areas of research are mentioned below:

  • Food Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Food safety and quality assurance
  • Development of new innovative food products using indigenous sources
  • Role of plant bioactive moieties against lifestyle related disorders

Department’s mission is to equip and prepare young minds for meeting challenges of global food safety and food security situations. Provision of healthy, friendly, safe and educational environment for students is the main edge of the Department of Food Science and Technology.

Our aim is to enhance the learning capabilities of our graduates through regular practical classes and internship training programs. This vision is pursued under/in equivalence with the core values of the university i.e. integrity, excellence, teamwork, discipline and dedication to work.

  • To develop quality and competitive human resource to cater modern challenges in food science and       technology.
  • Development of novel techniques of food processing and preservation to handle the agricultural outputs of the       area for end use.
  • To establish a strong link with industry, academia and research to flourish food science and technology in the       region.
  • To provide skillful manpower to cope the challenges of food safety and food security issues.
  • To disseminate the updated knowledge through outreach activities to improve health and nutritional status of       the community

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Name: Dr. Umar Farooq (Chairman)
Brief Professional profile: Currently working as Associate  Professor/Chairman in the department of FST,MNS-UAM. B.Sc.(Hons.) Agriculture(Food Techonology) , M.Sc.(Hons.) Food Technology , PhD in Food Technology from University of Agriculture Faisalabad
Research Interests: Food Microbiology,Food Biotechnology,Pro-and Prebiotics,Food Safety, Nutraceuticals,Food Processing and Preservation
Email Address: umar.farooq@mnsuam.edu.pk
Publications: 38  CLICK TO VIEW PUBLICATIONS
Activities: Currently working as Chairman FS&T,Additional Director ORIC,Principal Officer ( Student Affairs),Coordinator FSc Pre-Agriculture and Coordinator visiting faculty,Oils and Probiotics and  Prebiotics.

Name: Dr. Muhammad Shahbaz
Brief Professional Overview: Dr.Muhammad Shahabz  is working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Food science and Technology, MNS-university of Agriculture Multan. He has completed his B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture, major subject as Food Technology, M.Sc. (Hons.) Food Technology and PhD in Food Technology from National Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad–Pakistan. He attended a six month training under International Research Support Program at University of Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. His research interest areas are food microbiology and safety with special emphasis on the role of natural antimicrobial agents in safety of food products and their functional role against different lifestyle related disorders. Currently he is supervising 03 postgraduate students.
Email Address: Shahbaz.ft@gmail.com
Publications: 7  CLICK TO VIEW PUBLICATIONS
Details of Activities: Dr. Muhammad Shahbaz is involved in organization of different events at Departmental level and University as well.

Name: Dr. Shabbir Ahmad
Brief Professional Overview: Dr. Shabbir Ahmad is working as Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, MNS-University of Agriculture Multan.  B.Sc. (Hons.) in Food Science & Technology, M.Sc. (Hons.) in Food Technology and PhD in Food Technology from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Research Interest Areas: Food Chemistry, Food & Nutrition, Food Toxicology, Food Analysis, Dairy Technology, Wheat quality and characterization, Milling and Baking Science
Email Address: shabbier.ahmad@mnsuam.edu.pk   ft.shabbir@gmail.com
Publications: 12  CLICK TO VIEW PUBLICATIONS
Recent Details of Activities: Currently working on preparation of cookie from local wheat cultivars with intention to hinder gluten development.  In charge of Undergraduate and post graduate lab of department . Member of central Hi-Tech Lab in MNS-UAM
Name:  Dr. Ambreen Naz     Ph.D. (Food Technology)
Brief Professional Overview: Currently working as Assistant Professor (TTS) in the Department of Food Science and Technology, MNS-University of Agriculture Multan. B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture (Food Technology), M.Sc. (Hons.) Food Technology and PhD in Food Technology from University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Research Interest AreasFunctional Foods, Nutraceuticals, Food Chemistry, Bioactive Components of Food, Novel Food Product Development and Value Addition, Dietetics, Nutrition and Health, Advanced Nutrition
Email Address: Amber1912@yahoo.com
Publications: 10    Click To View Publications 
Recent Details of Activities: Currently working on Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, Nutrition and Health Research

Name: Ms. Afshan Shafi
Brief  Professional Overview:  Ms. Afshan Shafi is working as Lecturer in the Department of Food Science and Technology, MNS-University of Agriculture Multan. .B.Sc. (Hons.) Food Science & Technology, M.Sc. (Hons.) Food Science and Technology and PhD (Thesis Submitted) from University of Sargodha, Sargodha, Pakistan.
Research Interest Areas: Food Technology, Food Microbiology and Safety, Functional Food Product’s Development, Technology of Fats and Oil, Probiotics and Pre-biotics
Email Address: Afshan.shafi@mnsuam.edu.pk
Publications: 15  CLICK TO VIEW PUBLICATIONS
Details of Current Activities: Currently working on Development of Plant based Functional Foods, Technology of Edible Fats & Oils and Probiotics and Prebiotics