KARACHI - Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Karachi announces one-year postgraduate diploma in “Food Safety and Controls” from September 2012 in the department. The diploma is being announced under the European Union-funded trade related technical assistance TRTA-II programme and implemented by UNIDO. University of Karachi in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will initiate this Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in order to develop human resource for food sector in Pakistan. The diploma of the programme will be accredited by Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS), UK. A batch of 40 students per year and total 160 candidates will be trained during two years from 2012-2014. The duration of the course will be one year based on two semesters. While talking about the objectives of the program, Chairperson – Department of Food Science and Technology said that food safety is a scientific discipline that teaches handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent food borne illnesses. In Pakistan, the food safety control system is very weak. At present the only dedicated food safety training courses being offered in Pakistan are HACCP and ISO 22,000. The PGD-Food Safety & Controls being very comprehensive in its contents and design will be more effective in producing technically sound and academically qualified experts, which will strengthen the trade capacity building process of the country, create employment by enhancing export, protect consumer by improving the safety status of food, facilitate Pakistan’s capacity to integrate into global trade and hence improve overall economy. The candidates having Masters/BS four-year degree in pure and applied sciences will be eligible for admission, however they will be required to appear in pre-entry test, consisting of two components: general and technical. Final selection of candidates will be based on their entry test performance, academic record and interview.