Diploma in Value Added Products from Fruits and Vegetables (DVAPFV)

Updated on 20 Aug, 2015

Diploma in Value Added Products from Fruits and Vegetables (DVAPFV)

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
In this Programme, we aim to develop competent human resources in the field of post-harvest management of fruits and vegetables 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.
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 processing of fruits and vegetables produce 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 fresh and processed horticulture produce, 
– Marketing and economical aspects,
– Managing small and medium enterprises.
Course Code
Course Title
Food Fundamentals
4 (2+2)
Principles of Post-Harvest Management
4 (2+2)
Food Chemistry and Physiology
4 (2+2)
Food Processing and Engineering – I
4 (2+2)
Food Microbiology
4 (2+2)
Food Processing and Engineering – II
4 (2+2)
Food Quality Testing and Evaluation
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-001  Food Fundamentals  4
 BPVI-002  Principles of Post Harvest Management  4
 BPVI-003  Food Chemistry and Physiology  4
 BPVI-004  Food Processing and Engineering I  4
 BPVI-005  Food Microbiology  4
 BPVI-006  Food Processing and Engineering II  4
 BPVI-007  Food Quality Testing and Evaluation  4
 BPVI-008  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:
Rural Youth, Senior Secondary pass-outs. Skilled workers in food industries, Small and medium entrepreneurs involved in post-harvest management & processing of fruits and vegetables, and Farmers & members Fruit Growers Cooperatives.  
Job Opportunities:
Procurement assistant, fruits and vegetables grader, post-harvest technician, plant operator/production technician/supervisor in fruit and vegetable processing industry, quality control assistant, packaging supervisor, cold storage supervisor, transport supervisor, retail supervisor, marketing assistant, trainer and self-entrepreneur.
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:


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: