Diploma in Value-added Products from Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds (DPVCPO)

Updated on 20 Aug, 2015

Diploma in Value-added Products from Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds (DPVCPO)

Minimum Duration: 1 Year
Maximum Duration: 4 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 13,200
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
This programme is developed with financial support of Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Government of India.
About the Programme:
The Diploma in Production of Value Added Products from Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds aims to develop competent human resource in the field of post-harvest management of Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds and production of value added products from them. It intends to inculcate vocational and entrepreneurial skills to widen employment opportunities, particularly among rural youth and the disadvantaged sections of the society as well as self-employment. It seeks to address the workforce requirements of the food processing industries and focuses on upgrading the knowledge and skills of existing workers in the roller flour mills, rice mills, pulse mills, baking and confectionary industry, oilseeds processing units and ready to eat food along with snack food industry based on Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds.
The main objective of the programme is to:
  •  provide the knowledge & skills for minimizing the post-harvest losses and production of value added food products
  • develop human resource for post-harvest management and for primary/secondary/tertiary processing of Cereals, Pulses and Oilseeds at the production areas/ clusters,
  • develop youth as young entrepreneurs for self-employment through food processing and associated activities,
  •  impart knowledge and technical proficiency in
- Procurement of raw materials,
- Preparation of value added products,
- Prevention of losses in raw and processed produce, 
- Marketing and economical aspects,
- Managing small and medium enterprises


Course Code
Course Title
Food Fundamentals
Food Microbiology
Milling of Wheat, Maize and Coarse grains
Baking and Flour Confectionery
Paddy Processing
Processing of Pulses and Oilseeds
Food Quality Testing and Evaluation
Entrepreneurship and Marketing


CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 BPVI-031  Food Fundamentals  4
 BPVI-032  Food Microbiology  4
 BPVI-033  Milling of Wheat, Maize and Coarse grains  4
 BPVI-034  Baking and Flour Confectionery  4
 BPVI 035  Paddy Processing  4
 BPVI-036  Processing of Pulses and Oilseeds  4
 BPVI-037  Food Quality Testing and Evaluation  4
 BPVI-038  Entrepreneurship and Marketing  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
Target Group:
Urban/ Rural Youth, Senior Secondary pass-outs, skilled workers in food industries, Small and medium entrepreneurs, food processors in unorganized sector, personnel working in food processing cooperatives, and food processing institutions/industries, small and medium entrepreneurs, NGO functionaries/ trainers and progressive farmers.
Job Opportunities:
Self-entrepreneurship, laboratory assistant, packaging supervisor, production line supervisor, distribution assistant, food processor, plant operator in cereals, pulses and oilseeds industries, procurer and retailer of food grain industry, plant operator, quality control supervisor and plant manager in the food industry.
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 and term end 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 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:


Dr. Mukesh Kumar,
Programme Coordinator,
School of Agriculture,
G Block, Zakir Hussain Bhawan,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi-110 068.
Phone: +91-011-29572971
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: