The Food and Nutrition Department was the first Post-Graduate Department of the Lady Irwin College Having started in a modest way in 1958, it has produced over 750 post graduates, including Ph.Ds. the department has come a long way since its inception, with high standard of academic and infrastructural development. Today it offers M.Sc. in Food and Nutrition in three areas of specialization, namely, Therapeutic Nutrition,Public Nutrition and Food Science and Processing with internship/industrial training and a one-year PG diploma in Dietetics and Public Health Nutrition. In addition it offers Ph.D. programmes in all these areas. Currently there are 20 students on roll of Ph.D. programme.
The excellent academic programme of the department is enriched by the laboratory experience, as well as community outreach activities, supported by easy access to a department library, computers and other necessary facilities. The different courses have been expanded and diversified to meet the emerging needs and challenges in the area of Food and Nutrition. This has been achieved through not only course work but with emphasis given to research, community work focusing on capacity building of underprivileged section of the population, seminars, internship/training in hospitals, food industries and related organizations, educational tours, conferences and workshops.
The master's programme is further strengthened by a six-week summer placement in different organizations such as NFI, UHRC,Delhi Test House, FRAC, AIIMS, CFTRI, NIPCCD, USAID, NDRI, Nirula's, Nutrition Resource Center, Agra.
The Food and Nutrition Department endeavors to achieve excellence in teaching and research for out reach to Community, Industry and Institutions to ensure promotive health for all.