International Conference


Key Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Agri-Food Chain


Organized by

Department of Food Process Engineering

National Institute of Technology Rourkela


Department of Food Process Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela takes privilege to welcome for “International Conference on Key Enabling Technologies for Sustainable Agri-Food Chain”- KETSAC-2022 scheduled on December 09-11, 2022. This international conference aims to bring prominent researchers, academicians and industrialist people related to the field of food science and technology from various parts of the world to exchange and discuss current scientific developments and share research ideas of mutual interest.


  • Application of artificial intelligence and machine learning in food and agriculture
  • IOT applications in food and agriculture
  • Novel food and beverage processing technology
  • Food and agricultural waste management
  • 3D printing technology in food
  • 4D printing technology in food
  • Start-up India: Food and agricultural entrepreneur
  • Smart foods, Prebiotics, and Probiotics
  • Bioprocessing
  • Food texture and rheology
  • Transport phenomena in food
  • Novel protein sources- plant proteins
  • Food safety, quality and regulation
  • Thermal and non-thermal processing of food
  • Food storage and packaging
  • Food contamination and chemical toxicology
  • Nanotechnology for sustainable food and agriculture
  • Meat, poultry and seafood
  • Food Biotechnology
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Biofertilizer and Biopesticides


Food process engineering is a set of post-harvest unit operations and techniques used to transform agricultural, livestock, fish, and marine products into food suitable for human consumption and products for food and allied industry. The Food process engineering department at the National Institute of Technology Rourkela blends engineering disciplines with a strong understanding of food and food science.

The academic and research activities in the department focus on the frontier areas of food process engineering such as food properties and prediction, post-harvest operations, food quality and safety, transport process and kinetics, product development and ingredients innovation, food packaging and storage engineering, computer-aided food engineering, energy efficiency, process control, and efficiency, automation, and manufacturing systems. Food process engineers can specialise in design, development, research, maintenance, and operations such as processing, packaging, storage, and transportation.


NIT Rourkela is one of the premier national level institutions for technical education in the country and is funded by the Government of India. Government of India has elevated the Regional Engineering College, Rourkela to a deemed university under the name of National Institute of Technology, Rourkela.

The main objective of the Institute is to produce quality Engineers and Scientists in Graduate and Post-Graduate levels in various branches of Engineering and Science. The Institute is managed by the Board of Governors of National Institute of Technology (Rourkela) Society and vested with significant degree of administrative and financial autonomy. Government of India have recognized the Institute as a premier institution of repute and have developed it as a center of excellence under plan funding. The Institute has been modernized by two foreign collaborative funding agencies i.e. the Material theme in the Materials and Metallurgical Engineering department under Indo-U.K. REC project and the Computer Science and Electronics streams under World Bank cum Swiss Development Corporation IMPACT project.

The campus of the Institute consisting of the Institute buildings, halls of residence and staff colony is situated at the eastern end of Rourkela steel city, beyond Sector-1 over an area of 262 hectares of land provided by the Government of Orissa. It is a residential campus offering accommodation to faculty, staff and students. The campus has all the amenities for developing personal, social and academic skills of the student community.

The city of Rourkela came into prominence in the year 1954-55, with the decision of the Government of India to set up the first Public Sector Steel Plant in this locality in collaboration with the then West Germany. The city is a huge metropolis connected with all parts of the country by railway and road. The population of the city is about 6 lakhs.