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Safe and Assured Foods E-learning (SAFE)

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About the Programme

Food safety is a fundamental public health concern. The Food Safety and Quality has become an area of priority and necessity for consumers, retailers, manufacturers and regulators. Changing global patterns of food production, international trade, technology, public expectations for health protection and many other factors have created a huge demand for food safety and quality auditing professionals.

IGNOU and APEDA have come together to launch this programme, the first such initiative in India, with an emphasis on practical proficiency development exercises. This programme is expected to meet the increasing human resource requirements for food safety and quality management professionals in the agriculture and food sectors.


The core objective of the programme is to develop professionals for development, implementation and auditing of Food Safety and Quality Management in the country. It seeks to develop India’s capability to meet the global food safety and quality requirements and enhance competitiveness of food products. In long term perspective, it would contribute to ensure consumer safety within and outside the country.

This PG programme shall enable the students to:

Programme Structure

In order to be eligible for award of the PG Diploma, a student has to complete the following 8 courses equivalent to 32 credits (1 credit is equal to 30 study hours)

Course Code

Title of the Course



Food Fundamentals & Chemistry



Food Microbiology



Food Laws and Standards



Principles of Food Safety and Quality Management



Food Safety and Quality Management Systems



Food Safety and Quality Auditing



Chemical Analysis and Quality Assurance§



Project Work §


§The candidates shall be associated with a Food Laboratory, Industry or Consultancy organization.

Video Programmes: The self learning instructional material shall be supported with the video programmes.

Eligibility Requirements

Programme Fee


Medium of Instruction

Target Group

The PG Diploma is intended for Graduates in Science/ Agriculture/ Food Science or allied disciplines contemplating a career in Food Safety and Quality Management. It is also intended for professionals in food processing and quality control for strengthening their proficiency in design and implement quality management systems, undertake food auditing and implement new food act- Food Safety and Standard Act 2006. The programme shall also open new vista for entrepreneurs who intend to diversify in food safety and quality aspects.

Job Opportunities

Programme Study Centres (PSCs)

S. No.


Name and Address of the SC/PSC Incharge


27168 P*

Programme Incharge, Regional  Food Research & Analysis Centre  (R-FRAC), Udyan Bhawan Campus, 2- Sapru Marg, Lucknow – 226 001
Ph.( 0522) 4008358,


1396 P

Veena.M. S., Programme Incharge, Shriram Institute for Industrial Research, Plot No 14 &15,Sadarmangala Industrial Area, Whitefield Road, Bangalore-560048
Email: ,,
Ph:28410165-7, 28410172       Fax:28410189
Mobile: 09886548248


01107 P*

Dr. A. Jyothi, Coordinator, IGNOU Programme Study Centre, Sri Padmavati Mahila Vishvavidyalayam (SPMV), Tirupati – 517502, Dist. Chittoor, (Andhra Pradesh)
Phone No.: 0877-2245525 (R)      Fax: 0877-2284568
0877-2248481 – Ext. 1217
Mobile: 09441495938


29005 P

Dr. Manjeet Aggarwal   and  Dr. Asha Gupta
(M: 9811239472)                  (M: 9968235292)
Programme Incharge, Shriram Institute for Industrial Research, 19, University Road, Delhi 110007,
E-mail: ,  
Asha Gupta:
Phone 27257267,


38001 P

Dr. Deepak Bhanot, Vice President Training & Development, Programme Incharge, Arbro Pharmaceuticals Ltd., 4/9, Kirti Nagar Industrial Area, New Delhi – 110015,
Ph 45854585 (Ext.540)
Mobile: 9958398884


2873 P

Prof. Sunit Mukherjee, Programme Incharge, Dr. Subhas Mukherjee Memorial Reproductive Biology Research Centre Food & Nutrition Division, WBSIDC Industrial Estate, Building 1,2nd floor, 620, Diamond Harbour Road, Kolkata – 700 034 (Near Behala Chowrasta)
Ph. 033-2468-2683, 033-2478-8791, 24663024 (M) 9231695471


14114 P

Ms. Bina Tilak, Programme Incharge, Lab Chief, Interfield Laboratories, XIII/1208 - A, Interprint House, Karuvelipady, Kochi - 682 005, Kerala
Office(Ph.): +91 0484 2210915 / 2225665 / 2224708 / 2211838
Fax:+91 0484 2212465,
Mobile: +91 9895132741


25186 P

Sudha Ravi, Technical Director, Sargam Laboratory Pvt. Ltd. 2, Ramavaram Road, Manapakkam, Chennai- 600089.
Email:, ,
Tel: 044-22491117
Mobile: 09962000890


1159 P *

Programme Incharge, PGDFSQM Programme, M/S Auriga Research Limited, Baddi, D C Complex,P O:Mannpura, Tehsil:Nalagar ,Distt. Solan ( H.P) INDIA
Mobile: 09318011146


49001 P

Mrs. Satghare Meenal Chetan, Programme Incharge, IGNOU Programme Study Centre, Reliable Analytical Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Bldg. No.125-139, Indian Corporation, Dapoda, Mankoli Naka, Gundwali, Bhivandi, Thane-421302, Maharashtra
Phone No.:0522-398100
Email:, ,
Mobile: 9892667889


48003 P

Prof. S.P. Singh, PGDFSQM Programme Incharge, IGNOU Programme Study Centre, Banaras Hindu University, Director Institute of Agricultural Sciences, Varanasi - 221005 (U.P.) 
Phone (O): 0542-2307100, 2368993
Mobile: 09450404137
Fax: 0542-2368993


1699 P*

Dr. K. Patil, Chemist & Incharge, Insecticide Residue Testing Laboratory, Department of Agriculture, Govt. of  Maharashtra, Krishibhavan Shivajinagar, Pune – 411005,
Tele Fax: 020-25510300,
Mobile: 09404963551 


1047 P

Dr. R.K. Malik, Head, Microbiology Division, Programme Incharge, National Dairy Research Institute, Deemed University, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Karnal –132001, (Haryana),
E-mail ;
Ph. No. 0184-2259169, 
Mobile: 09813041980


01108 P*

Mr. Srinivas Maloo, Programme Incharge & Head Dept of Food Technology University, College  of Technology, Osmania University, Hyderabad 500 007
Ph.(Res.) 040-24605547
Mobile: 98482 69957


15201 P

Mr. Jayesh Shrivastava, Programme Incharge, Choksi Laboratories Ltd., 6/3, Manorama Ganj, Indore- 452001
Ph: 0731-4243888
Fax: 0731-2490593
Mobile: +91-9827754958


39004 P

Mr. Vishal Arora, Programme Incharge, IGNOU Prog. Study Centre, AES Laboratories (P) Ltd., B-118, Phase II, Noida – 201304 (Uttar Pradesh)
Ph: 0120-3047919
Mobile: +91-9811331569


2359 P

Sh. Praka Chandra Bunkar, Programme I/c, State Institute of Agriculture and Management (SIAM), Durgapura, Jaipur-302018, Rajasthan.
Phone No.: 0141-2550346, 2549084



Ms. Y. Visala, Programme Incharge, IGNOU Programme Study Centre, National Collateral Management Services Ltd., 4-7-18/6B, Raghavendra Nagar, Nacharam, Hyderabad – 500076, Andhra Pradesh
Phone No.: 040-44858686



Sh. T. Rathinavelan, Programme Incharge, IGNOU Programme Study Centre, Alpha Labs and Technologies, 281-C, Thadagam Road, Opp. To Avila Convent, Venkitapuram PO, Coimbatore – 641025
Phone No.: 0422-6450904



Dr. Imran Khan, Programme Incharge, IGNOU Programme Study Centre, Intertek India Private Limited, No.68, Udyog Vihar, Phase-I, Gurgaon – 122016
Phone No.: 0124-4840600


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Harendra Solanki, Lab Manager- Agricultural services, SGS India Private Limited, 201, Sumel - II, Second Floor, S.G. Highway, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India - 380 015
Phone   :           +91 79 - 61603100
Fax Number:  +91 79 – 61603111
E-mail   :

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Student Support Activities

Learning Material: The printed study material is sent to the registered students at home by post.
Audio-visual learning aids: The learning package also contains audio and video cassettes and CDs which have been produced by the University. A video programme is usually of 25-30 minutes duration. These programmes can be heard/viewed at the study centre during specific sessions, or purchased for use at home.
Counselling: Counselling sessions are held according to a schedule drawn up by the study centre coordinator, usually during weekends.
TV counselling and Tele-conferencing: Through Gyan Darshan Channels and EduSat. One Gyan Darshan channel is available on DTH platform.
Radio Counselling: Through phone-in programmes on AIR and Gyan Vani.
*1 credit = 30 hours of student’s study time

Online Platform

The PG Diploma in Food safety and Quality Management shall be available online on the SAFE (Safe and Assured Foods E-learning ) Platform. It is a complete virtual learning environment suite covering all the activities from registration to certification. The following features shall be available to the registered students.

  1. Walk in admission: The Programme shall be offered in July cycle in the beginning. The applications received through by post at the concerned Regional Centres and through online by 30th April or the date announced by the University shall be considered for Admission to July cycle. Registration form on the online platform has the facility of uploading scanned certificates, other required documents and photograph. Registration will be confirmed only after verification of the certificates and payment of the required admission fee. Facility for online payment shall be available through the payment gateway (AXIS Bank) being offered by the University for online programmes.

    Towards this end we request you to register for programme on online platform ( You are requested to go to above website and click on “How to Register” then select PGDFSQM and press ‘click here’. After this select the user type ‘Student’ in the drop down list and submit the same. Now select the Payment Mode and select the Programme Name and then create your Login ID and Password note down/remember your ID and Password created by you as it will be required for accessing the online study material and other features. After that online application form is now open you will be fill the form carefully and submit the same with all the details mentioned in this form.

    After submission of the application you have to take print of the acknowledgement receipt of your online application and sent to the address given on acknowledgement receipt with your two passport size photograph and required self attested documents. You may also take print of application form after filling the complete form and send it to us with your all the documents (keep one copy yourself for record please).

    Please call us/ send email for any doubt at and Ph. No. 011-29572976, 29573090 and 29572974.
  1. Integrated multimedia courseware once registered, learners will have access to personalized learning space (My Page). This includes self instructional material, related audio/ video, slides, self check exercises, etc. weaved in one platform.
  2. Online counselling and mentoring – web cast based counselling integrated with text based chatting facility shall be used for counselling purposes.
  3. Learner support: Asynchronous and synchronous modes of interaction will be used to provide just in time support to learners.
  4. Online Project platform: Templates shall be made available for synopsis submission, project uploading and evaluation. Viva voce will be conducted through web based video conferencing tool.
  5. Online Term End Examination- Online examinations will be conducted in specified centres for in proctored environment.

Additional Information

The additional information about the programme and the admission details are available at IGNOU website – / or and our Regional Centres. Additional information about this programme may also be obtained from School of Agriculture.

For further information kindly contact

Dr. M.K. Salooja
Programme Coordinator
School of Agriculture

G - Block, Zakir Hussain Bhawan,
New Academic Complex,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi-110 068.
Phone: +91-11-29572976