Diploma in Dairy Technology (DDT)

Updated on 20 Aug, 2015

Diploma in Dairy Technology (DDT)

Minimum Duration: 1 Year
Maximum Duration: 4 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 14,400
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


  • 10+2 Senior secondary pass outs (or)
  • Bachelor Preparatory Programme (BPP) from IGNOU
  • 10th pass may enroll simultaneously for the BPP and Diploma programme.
Programme overview 
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.
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
Course Code
Course Title
Milk Production and Quality of Milk
4 (2+2)
Dairy Equipment and Utilities
4 (2+2)
Milk Processing and Packaging
4 (2+2)
Dairy Products – I
4 (2+2)
Dairy Products – II
4 (2+2)
Dairy Products – III
4 (2+2)
Quality Assurance
4 (2+2)
Entrepreneurship and Marketing
4 (2+2)


(Numbers in brackets indicate the credits for Theory and Practical, respectively)
CourseCode     Course Name 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  Dairy Management and Entrepreneurship  4
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
Medium of Instruction:
  •  English
  •  Hindi
  • Telugu
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.
Counselling sessions:
The programme has practical component and equal weightage has been given to theory and practical components. The participation in the practical session is an integral part of the programme. 75% attendance in the practical counselling session is compulsory to appear in the practical examinations. The counselling sessions are held at the study centres (usually during weekends) according to the schedule drawn by the programme-in-charge. The details of the study centre can be obtained from the IGNOU website or concerned regional centres.
Additional Information:
The additional information about the programme and 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,
Programme Coordinator,
School of Agriculture,
G Block, Zakir Hussain Bhawan,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi-110 068.
Phone: +91-011-29572976/29534773
The Director,
School of Agriculture,
G Block, Zakir Hussain Bhawan,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi-110 068.
Phone: +91-011-29533167
Tele Fax: +91-011-29533167


Regional Centres: