The Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), established in 1957, is one of the largest professional and educational organizations, with around 3500 members - food scientists and technologists, across the globe. The major objective of AFST(I) is to stimulate and advance knowledgebase on various aspects of Food Science and Technology by organizing National and International Conferences and bringing out technical publications including prestigious journals-Journal of Food Science and Technology (JFST) and Indian Food Industry Mag (IFI Mag). The association recognizes talent and excellence in the profession of Food Science and Technology by conferring various Awards and Fellowship.
AFST(I) membership is open to all food professionals engaged in academic, industrial and other related activities. It has a well-written constitution, which forms the backbone of guidelines by which the Head Quarters and Chapters are functioning through their elected Central Executive Committee (CEC) and Local Executive Committees (LECs) respectively. The election of Office Bearers to these committees, their powers and functions are part of the constitution. One of the fundamental duties of the Association is to bring together members on a platform along with the experts in the field not only from India but also from abroad, along with the captains of the industries to share the commonalities of the cutting edge technology in today's changing scenario. It is in this context that the Association organizes the annual conferences ICFOST , which is attended by a large number of scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs, and it hosts an international conference IFCoN once in every five years. The two journals, the Journal of Food Science and Technology (JFST) and the Indian Food Industry Mag (IFI Mag) are the flagships of AFST(I) activities. Receiving of Indian Food Industry Mag (Print copy)and online access code to Journal of Food Science and Technology (JFST) are being the privilege of an AFST(I) member.
Main objective of AFST(I) is to strive for the advancement of all aspects of science and technology relating to the production, processing and distribution of food and in pursuit of this objective, AFST(I) will seek:
To promote the rational and economic development of food science and technology in the country so as to ensure the best interest of the community at large.
To stimulate research, development and training in the science and technology of food. To promote among its members, a high standard of technical proficiency, professional expertise and personal integrity so as to elevate in turn the profession of food science and technology.
To collaborate with other organizations, national or international in activities relating to furtherance of the AFST(I) objectives.
The ultimate objective is to serve the humanity through better food.
Publication of Journal of Food Science and Technology (JFST) (R&D Journal) is monthly and Indian Food Industry Mag (Technology & Trade journal) is bi-monthly.
Arranging lectures and seminars for the benefit of members.
Holding national and international Symposia and Conferences on different aspects of Food Science, Technology and Engineering. Holding Food Expositions coinciding with Symposia.
Promoting food industries development and excellence in research and development in Food Science and Technology by giving annual awards.
Taking proactive role in shaping public opinion and government policies with regard to safety and quality of food policies and development of food industries.
The 38 Chapters of the Association are located at Amritsar, Allahabad , Bangaluru , Bhopal , Calcutta , Chennai, Cochin, Dapoli , Delhi , Erode , Hisar , Hyderabad , Jabalpur, Jaipur , Jalandhar , Jammu , Kakinada , Kanpur, Karnal , Kanchipuram , Kollam , Longowal , Ludhiana , Mumbai , Manipur , Nagpur , Pandicherry , Pantnagar , Pune, Parbhani , Raichur , Solan , Thanjavur, Thiruvananthapuram , Thrissur , Tezpur, Varanasi and Vallabh Vidyanagar. Chapters work in close association with the Headquarters to uphold the principles, policies and objectives as laid down in the Constitution.
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AFST(I) has a well-written constitution, which forms the backbone of guidelines by which the Head Quarters and Chapters are functioning through their elected Central Executive Committee (CEC) and Local Executive Committees (LECs) respectively. The election of Office Bearers to these committees, their powers and functions are part of the constitution.
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