Alok Jha
Professor & Head
Department of A. H. & Dairying &
Coordinator
Centre of Food Science and Technology
Banaras Hindu University (BHU)
Varanasi, India

RESEARCH
A. Major Research Projects Handled

  • DBT Programme Support for Enhancing Research Capacity in the area of Food Science and Technology at BHU, Varanasi from 2008-2013 with an outlay of Rs. 7.50 Crore  (As Programme Coordinator) (… Continuing)
  • BHU Centre of ICAR Funded Network Project on Process Upgradation of Indigenous Milk Products for Industrial Application from 2009-2013 with an outlay of Rs. 50.00 Lakh. (As Principal Investigator) (Completed)
  • Ministry of Food Processing Industries Funded Infrastructure Support Programme for M.Sc. (Food Science and Technology) with an outlay of Rs. 66.00 Lakh (2010-2012). (As Principal Investigator) (… Continuing)
  • UPCAR Research Project on Development of Technological Processes for Industrial Manufacture and Packaging of Selected Indigenous Milk Products at BHU, Varanasi, with an outlay of Rs. 14.00 Lakh (2010-2013) (As Principal Investigator) (… Continuing)
  • Development of Vitamin Enriched Rice Using Super Critical Extrusion Technology at Institute of Food Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA (2006)
  • Development of processes for extraction of anserine and carnosine amino acids from chicken extract using membrane filtration as a post-doctoral fellow at National Food Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan from April to August, 2004
  • Process development of milk-wheat based convenience foods employing spray drying (Project funded by Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Govt. of India) (2004-06) with an outlay of Rs. 36.00 Lakh (As Principal Investigator)
  • Process Development for Long-life Wheat-based Kheer Employing Thermal Processing (Project funded by University Grants Commission) (2002-2005) (As Principal Investigator)
  • Development of Process for Manufacture of Long-life Kheer and Instant Kheer Mix (milk and cereal-based dairy desserts in ready-to-serve and ready-to-reconstitute forms) (1997-2000) (Ph. D. Project)
  • Genetic Manipulation of Dairy Microorganisms for Ameliorated Biochemical Performance and Probiotical Attributes (World Bank Funded Biotechnology Project) (1994-96) (As Project Associate)

B. Salient Achievements in Research

  • Research Papers Published: 29
  • Research Paper (under submission): 15
  • Review Papers: 03
  • Book Chapters: 04
  • Papers in Hindi: 02
  • Patents: 02
  • Ph. D. Thesis: 04 (in progress), 2 (Co-Advisor); M. Sc. Theses: 17 (completed)
  • Technical Manuals: 2 (Food Technology, Food Chemistry); Papers Presented in International conferences: 15
  • Invited Papers in National Seminars: More than 50
  • Conference Proceedings Edited and Published: About 10

C. Research Focus

  • Traditional dairy foods – shelf life enhancement, process upgradation, mechanized manufacturing, utilization of coarse cereals for formulated foods
  • Spray dried foods; Retort processed foods
  • Modified Atmospheric Packaging of dairy foods, fruits & vegetables
  • Food biotechnology – probiotic foods
  • Production of enzymes from food waste
  • Development of anti-oxidants rich dairy products using plant extracts

D. Technologies Developed/Patents Granted

  • Retort processed long-life kheer
  • Spray dried instant kheer mix
  • Long-life dalia dessert & Instant dalia mix
  • Functional Lal Peda (Artificial sweeteners + bulking agent added)
  • Shelf life of Mango under MAP conditions (31 days)
  • Pearl millet based kheer (refrigerated product)
  • Pearl millet based instant kheer mix
  • Technology for 5 min ready to reconstitute Kheer mix. A. A. Patel, G. R. Patil, R. R. B. Singh, Neeraja Tyagi, Vishal Tripathi and Alok Jha (Patent No.: 1076/DEL/2006)
  • Process for shelf-stable low-fat tomato-whey soup by Sudhir Singh, K. Sudheer, Alok Jha, A. A. Patel and G. R. Patil (Patent Granted)
  • Current work on locally available Sawan and Kodo millet for formulated foods is in progress

E. Research Infrastructure and Road map Created

  • Bagged projects worth Rs. 9.90 crore during my initial 3 years at BHU (from 2007-2010) from DBT, ICAR, MoFPI and UPCAR for supporting research and education in Food Science and Technology and Dairy Technology
  • Brought an International EU funded EastWest Food Project in cooperation with University of Copenhagen, Denmark to study dietary food habits in East and West
  • Brought a Network Project on Process Upgradation of Indigenous Milk Products for Industrial Application to BHU with an outlay of Rs. 50.00 lakh from ICAR
  • Created a new building with an outlay of Rs. 1.10 crore in a record time of 8 months at BHU, Varanasi for the Food Science Centre. Sourced about Rs. 77.00 lakh from BHU for this purpose as matching grant
  • Established state-of-the-art laboratories for teaching and research purposes
  • Procured state-of-the-art equipment such as Milk processing plant, Vegetable processing plant, Spray dryer, Texture analyzer, Fermenter, Vertical autoclave, Rheometer, Viscoemeter, Refractometer, HPLC, GC-MS, RO water plant, Incubators, Refrigerated centrifuges etc., with an outlay of about Rs. 5.00 Crore within a period of two years
  • Bagged Rs. 61.00 lakh from BHU for creating a new block for the Department of AH & Dairying and completed it in a record time of just 8 months
  • Bagged Rs. 12.00 lakh from BHU to establish Food Safety and Microbiology labs in the Department of AH & Dairying
  • Generated Rs. 36.0 lakh at NDRI, Karnal from MoFPI to develop dried foods laboratory

F. Future Research and Outreach Agenda

  • BHU nominated Prof Jha to act as the Coordinator for a DBT BUILDER Project. He developed a proposal in association with 21 departments within BHU with an outlay of Rs. 51.0 Crore. The proposal focuses on food, nutrition and health
  • Developed an Indo-Finland proposal on Biotechnological approaches to improve microbiological and nutritional qualities of traditional Indian foods with an outlay of Rs. 115.90 lakh in cooperative mode with BHU-NDRI-CFTRI-University of Helsinki
  • Developed a proposal for establishing Food Quality Control Laboratory with financial assistance from Ministry of Food Processing Industries (Govt. of India) with an outlay of Rs. 2.25 Crore

2. EDUCATION
A. New Curricula Planned and Implemented

  • Developed the M.Sc. curricula (Food Science and Technology) for the first time in BHU, Varanasi in 2007 and revised it in 2009 in line with 4th Deans Committee Report of ICAR
  • Developed the curricula for Ph.D. (Food Science) for the first time in BHU and implemented in 2010
  • Developed the curricula for B.Tech. (Dairy Technology) to be soon implemented at BHU
  • Developed the curricula for B.V.Sc. & AH to be implemented from 2012 at Rajiv Gandhi South Campus, BHU
  • Coordinated a new course on International Agricultural Rural Development (IARD) in association with Cornell University, USA for the first time, expected to take off in August 2011
  • Appointed as the Deputy Coordinator for the Education Component of the USAID-funded Agricultural Innovation Partnership Project within an outlay of US$ 9 million. Prof Jha been tasked with starting 3 new programs at UG level for which work is in progress
  • Organized a Brainstorming Meeting for Veterinary Science Education at BHU on May 23, 2011 to develop a road map for starting a new Veterinary Science Faculty
  • Developed a new M.Tech. course in Food Process Engineering & Management, supposed to take off soon
  • Revised M.Sc. and Ph.D. curricula (AH & Dairying) with specializations in Dairy Technology and LPM in the Department of AH & Dairying at BHU, Varanasi

B. Creation of Infrastructure and Manpower

  • Played a crucial role in putting together smart classrooms with Plasma board, interactive monitors and internet connectivity for students and researchers
  • Mentored all M.Sc. (Food Science and Technology) students to get fellowships at BHU
  • Played a crucial role in developing an environment-friendly green campus at BHU with limited resources
  • Helped in developing video conferencing facility for the IARD course to interact with Cornell University faculty
  • Facilitated the appointment of 8 faculty members in Centre of Food Science and Technology at BHU and several RAs/SRFs on research and education projects

C. New Centres/Faculties Created

  • Played a crucial role in creating state-of-the-art Centre of Food Science and Technology with DBT support in a record time of one year of his joining BHU, with due approvals from BOS, Faculty, Academic Council and Executive Council
  • Sourced Rs. 7.50 Crore from Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India, in a competitive mode for setting up this Centre
  • Developed a proposal for creating a Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Sciences at BHU. The proposal has now been approved by the Academic Council and the Executive Council, BHU

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