School of Community Science and Technology

About the School

Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, (formerly Bengal Engineering & Science University, Shibpur) has a fairly long tradition of rendering community service modestly besides conducting traditional academic programs. Community service rendered by the faculty members has been ranging from formulation to implementation of specific programs like technology innovation and technology transfer to the rural sector. To facilitate such activities of the faculty members of the Institute, the School of Community Science & Technology (SOCSAT) was created in 2004. The school since then made significant progress in the areas of basic and applied research in combination with various training programs that are congruous with the objectives of the school.

The school has started a four-semester M.Sc. Course on ‘Food Processing & Nutrition Science’ from the Academic session 2007-2008. The admission procedure has been changed from time to time as per the directives of the Institute policy. The current admission of the students is through all India admission process IIT-JAM. About 250 students (till 2019) have passed out from this school.  About 80% of the passed out students have been placed in jobs in different sectors like industries, academic institutes, and Non-Government Organizations. Some have created their own consultancy set-up and some have become good entrepreneurs related to their field of specialization. About 15 – 20% of the students have chosen for higher study in India or abroad.

The school had initiated Ph. D. Program from 2010 for research in the broad area of food science and nutrition. Besides the usual Institute Research Fellowship, the current doctoral research students are receiving scholarships from different sponsoring agencies. These are DST Inspire Fellowships, UGC-Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship, UGC NET Junior Research Fellowship, ICMR Fellowship. The school has already produced six (06) doctoral students with a significant number of publications in the refereed national and international journals. The students and the research scholars are regularly participating in national and international seminars and conferences in the country and abroad and the good number of students are the recipients of several awards and honors. The Institute has provisions for supporting grants to the deserving students for participating in different seminars and conferences.

Besides the aforesaid academic program, SOCSAT is also engaged in conducting several outreach and training programs in the form of hand-on training and awareness to the common people, like science awareness programs; training program in advanced pottery, metal art, batik; training for self-help groups (SHG) especially for women (Suktara and Prayas); promotion of technology to create entrepreneurship; training for processing and preservation technology especially to women in the rural areas.

Vision & Mission


The vision for the School of Community Science & Technology (SOCSAT) is to elevate this center as an excellent hub for quality education and training to the people in the field of Food Processing and Nutrition and reach to the height of international standards. It aims also to integrate research, enterprise incubation and outreach programs in the area of food science and nutrition with a clear objective to be the leader in the area.  The school has the vision to initiate 2 years M. Tech. the academic program in Food Process Engineering and Nutrition Science in the future for better job opportunities to our students and widening the research activities.


  • To produce world-class students, develop competitive processes in the area of food processing and nutrition, entrepreneurship and provide consultancy.
  • To carry out high standard R&D activities in frontier areas of food and nutrition science, and support the government policies on food safety and security by undertaking the priority research areas.
  • To create a fully equipped NABL accreted food analysis laboratory for catering to various food processing industries and other institutions.
  • To offer continual training to various categories of stakeholders for enhancing their scientific, technical and managerial skills with most updated knowledge in the specific fields. 
  • To promote innovative and collaborative activities for facing emerging challenges in food processing and nutrition.
  • To carry out various social outreach programs in the relevant fields.

Academic Programs

# Title Duration Specializations Curriculum
1 Master of Science (M. Sc.) 2 years

The curricula for this course are as follows:

First Semester

Basics of Food and Nutrition Science (Core); Microbiology of Food (Core); Food Chemistry and Analysis (Core); Nutritional Biochemistry/Nutrition and Dietetics (Departmental Elective - I); Community Nutrition (Open Elective-II); Food Chemistry and Analysis Lab; Microbiology of Food Lab.

Second Semester

Food Processing Principles and Application (Core); Food Preservation Principles and Application (Core); Nutrition and Human Development (Core); Microbial Enzyme Technology / Food Toxicology (Departmental Elective III); Entrepreneurship and Human resource Management (Open Elective-IV); Food Processing and Preservation Lab; Term Paper; Term Paper Viva.

Third Semester

Food Safety and Quality Assessment (Core); Unit Operation in Food Processing (Core); Food Biotechnology (Core); Unit Operation in Food Processing Lab; M. Sc. Thesis (Part-I); Thesis Progress Report Seminar and Viva.

Fourth Semester

Food Industry Effluents and Waste Treatments (Core); Food Product Design and Development / Food Packaging (Departmental Elective-V); Nutrition and Biochemistry Lab; M.Sc. Thesis (Part-II); Thesis Seminar and Viva voce.

Research Areas

1 Food Science and Nutrition

The specific research area comprised of the following aspects:

Utilization of food wastes for the production of value added food ingredients through microbial fermentation (Microbial enzymes, Biocolour, Bioflavors, Prebiotics, Structured lipids, Single Cell Protein for feed application). Development of low cost non-dairy food products fortified with functional food ingredients. Food Product Development; Food and Nutrition Science; Production of structured lipids; Nutritional and Biochemical Assay of food components; Solvent Extraction; Spectrophotometric Analysis and Studies; Preparation and Characterization of Ligands and evaluation of metal ligand formation constants; Kinetics of Metal Extraction through Chemical Processing; Food Chemistry and  Analysis; Food Extrusion Technology; Food safety and Quality assessment. Wastewater treatment, Waste to Energy concept, Bioprocess Engineering, Fermentation Technology. Phytochemicals and Nutraceuticals; By-product utilization from vegetable oil Industries; Bioactive peptide using microorganisms; Protein-lipid-micronutrient rich products; Utilization of fish waste; Food nanotechnology, etc.

Staff Members

Rajat Mullick

Office Staff

Subhadip Das

Office Staff

Research Scholars

Ph. D
Supervisor: Jayati Bhowal

Ph. D
Supervisor: Jayati Bhowal

Ph. D
Supervisor: Jayati Bhowal

Ph. D
Supervisor: Jayati Bhowal

Ph. D
Supervisor: Jayati Bhowal

Ph. D
Supervisor: Jayati Bhowal

Ph. D
Supervisor: Jayati Bhowal

Ph. D

Food Biotechnology

Supervisor: Jayati Bhowal

Ph. D
Supervisor: Jayati Bhowal


  • 1 Enzymatic approach to control celiac disease leading to an alternative treatment strategy
    Funding Agent: Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India

  • 2 Study on production of Single Cell Protein for food and feed application from waste fruits
    Funding Agent: UGC Minor
    PI: Dr. Jayati Bhowal

  • 3 Development of technology to make low cost nutritionally effective ‘ready to eat’ protein rich human food from oil seeds or de-oiled edible seed cakes (seed meals) by co-extrusion with cereals
    Funding Agent: Ministry of Consumer Affairs Food & Public Distribution (Department of Ministry of Food & Public Distribution) Directorate of Vanaspati, Vegetable Oils & Fats

  • 4 Concomitant Biofuel production and reclaiming water by integrating acidogenic biohydrogen and Membrane Bioreactor based oleaginous fungal cultivation
    Funding Agent:

  • 5 Realizing “Waste To Energy” Concept Using Hybrid Two Stage Biohydrogen And Biodiesel Production Process
    Funding Agent:

  • Publications

  • 1 Ghosh, Supratim; Roy, Shantonu, Novel integration of biohydrogen production with fungal biodiesel production process, 288, 121603, Bioresource Technology, 2019
  • 2 Samadrita Sengupta, Hemanta Koley, Shanta Dutta, Jayati Bhowal, Hepatoprotective effects of synbiotic soy yogurt on mice fed on high cholesterol diet, 63-64, 36-44, Nutrition, 2019
  • 3 Sayari Majumdar, Antara Naha, D.K.Bhattacharyya, Jayati Bhowal, E?ective deligni?cation and decrystallization of cauli?ower wastes by using dilute phosphoric acid for e?cient enzymatic digestibility to produce fermentable sugars, 125, 169-179, Journal of Biomass and Bioenergy, 2019
  • 4 Sayari Majumdar, Bhaswati Goswami, Ankita Chakraborty, DK Bhattacharyya, Jayati Bhowal, Effect of pretreatment with organic solvent on enzymatic digestibility of cauliflower wastes, 49, 935-948, Preparative Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2019
  • 5 Samadrita Sengupta, DK Bhattacharyya, Riddhi Goswami, Jayati Bhowal, Emulsions stabilized by soy protein nanoparticles as potential functional non-dairy yogurts, 99, 5808-5818, Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 2019
  • 6 Samadrita Sengupta, Hemanta Koley, Shanta Dutta, Jayati Bhowal, Antioxidant and Hypocholesterolemic effect of functional soy yogurts fortified with ?-3 and ?-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid s in Balb/c mice, 121, European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, 2019
  • 7 Ghosh, Supratim; Banerjee, Abhik; Brajagopal Dutta; Roy, Shantonu, Bio-H2 production using De-oiled cake as cheap nitrogen source and subsequent electricity generation by hybrid system., 4, 1-8, Bioresource Technology Reports, 2018
  • 8 Samadrita Sengupta, Hemanta Koley, Shanta Dutta, Jayati Bhowal, Hypocholesterolemic effect of Spirullina platensis (SP) fortified functional soy yogurts on diet-induced Hypocholesterolemia, 48, 54-64, Journal of Functional Foods, 2018
  • 9 Samadrita Sengupta, D.K.Bhattacharyya, Jayati Bhowal, Improved quality attributes in soy yogurts prepared from DAG enriched edible oils and edible deoiled soy flour, 120, European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, 2018
  • 10 Samadrita Sengupta, Jaytai Bhowal, Studies on preparation of dietetic rasgulla (cheese ball) from edible quality flours and antioxidant rich vegetable oils, 86, 473-482, LWT-Food Science and Technology, 2018
  • 11 Supratim Ghosh, Shantonu Roy, Debabrata Das., Enhancement in lipid content of Chlorella sp. MJ 11/11 from the spent medium of thermophilic biohydrogen production process., 223, 219–226, Bioresource Technology, 2017
  • 12 Dev Subhabrata, Shantonu Roy, Jayanta Bhattacharya, Optimization of the operation of packed bed bioreactor to improve the sulfate and metal removal from acid mine drainage, 200, 135-144, Journal of Environmental Management, 2017
  • 13 Samadrita Sengupta, Jaytai Bhowal, Effects of different methods of drying on antioxidant and microscopic characteristics of Spirullina platensis enriched soy yogurt, 6, 1001-1006, Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences, 2017
  • 14 Samadrita Sengupta, Jaytai Bhowal, Optimization for ingredient and processing parameter for the production of Spirullina platensis incorporated soy yogurt, 6, 1081-1085, Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences, 2017
  • 15 Samadrita Sengupta, Jaytai Bhowal, Effects of coagulant agent on physic-chemical and organoleptic properties of non-dairy rasgulla (Cheese ball), 6, 1107-1111, Journal of Microbiology, Biotechnology and Food Sciences, 2017
  • 16 Shantonu Roy, Pallavi Sinha, Debabrata Das, Genomic and Proteomic approaches for dark fermentative biohydrogen production., 56, 1308–1321, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2016
  • 17 Shantonu Roy, Andrea Schievano, Deepak Pant, Electro-stimulated Microbial Factory for value added product synthesis., 213, 129-139, Bioresource Technology, 2016
  • 18 Dev Subhabrata, Shantonu Roy, Jayanta Bhattacharya, Understanding the performance of Sulfate Reducing Bacteria based packed bed reactor by growth kinetics study and microbial profiling., 177, 100-107, Journal of Environmental Management, 2016
  • 19 Pallavi Sinha, Kartik Gaurav, Shantonu Roy, G Balachandar, Debabrata Das, Improvement of biohydrogen production with novel augmentation strategy using different organic residues., 41, 14015–14025, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2016
  • 20 Sucharita Chatterjee, Jayati Bhowal, Production of microbial color from soil microbes for food use, 3, 3388-3402, Materials Today: Proceedings, Elsevier, 2016
  • 21 Samadrita Sengupta, Riddhi Goswami, Srabanti Basu, Jayati Bhowal, Hypolipidemic Effects of Soy Yogurt Fortified with Antioxidant Rich Vegetable Oil on Albino Mice Fed High Cholesterol Diet, 3, 3222-3237, Materials Today: Proceedings, Elsevier, 2016
  • 22 Shantonu Roy; Debopam Banerjee; Mainak Dutta; Debabrata Das., Metabolically redirected biohydrogen pathway integrated with biomethanation for improved gaseous energy recovery., 158, 471, Fuel Journal, 2015
  • 23 Shantonu Roy, Debabrata Das, Biohythane production from organic wastes: Present state of art., 2, 12, Environmental Science and Pollution Research., 2015
  • 24 Pallavi Sinha, Shantonu Roy, Debabrata Das, Role of formate hydrogen lyase complex in hydrogen production in facultative anaerobes., 40, 8806-8815, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy., 2015
  • 25 Supratim Ghosh, Shantonu Roy, Debabrata Das, Improvement of biomass production by Chlorella sp. MJ 11/11 for use as a feedstock for biodiesel., 175, 3322-3335., Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 2015
  • 26 SoumyaPandit, ShantimoyKhilari, Shantonu Roy, Debabrata Pradhan, Debabrata Das., Reduction of start-up time through bioaugmentation process in microbial fuel cells using a newly isolated microbial strain in anode., 01, 106-115, Water Science and Technology, 2015
  • 27 Jhansi Varanasi, Shantonu Roy, Debabrata Das, Improvement of energy recovery from cellobiose by thermophillic dark fermentative hydrogen production followed by microbial fuel cell, 40, 8311-8321, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2015
  • 28 Dev Subhabrata, Shantonu Roy, Jayanta Bhattacharya, Debabrata Das, Improvement of Biological Sulfate Reduction by Supplementation of Nitrogen Rich Extract Prepared from Organic Marine Wastes., 104, 264-273, International Biodeterioration& Biodegradation, 2015
  • 29 Bidus Das, Shantonu Roy, Dev Subhabrata, Jayanta Bhattacharya, Debabrata Das, Improvement of the degradation of sulfate rich wastewater using sweetmeat waste (SMW) as nutrient supplement., 300, 796-807, Journal of Hazardous Material, 2015
  • 30 Preeti Mishra, Shantonu Roy, Debabrata Das, Comparative evaluation of the hydrogen production by mixed consortium, synthetic co-culture and pure culture using distillery effluent., 198, 593-602, Bioresource Technology, 2015
  • 31 Sayari Majumdar, D.K. Bhattacharyya, Jayati Bhowal, Study on enzymatic hydrolysis of sal (Shorea robusta) starch to dextrin, 6, 8-12, Annals of Biological Research, 2015
  • 32 Samadrita Sengupta, Sanjukta Kar, Nil Ratan Bandyopadhyay, Jayati Bhowal, Minakshi Ghosh, D.K.Bhattacharyya, Production of Protein Enriched Ready-To-Eat Extruded Food Products Using Edible Quality Sesame Flour, Rice Flour and Bengal Gram Flour, 7, 5-12, International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, Public Health and Technology, 2015
  • 33 Ankita Chakraborty, Jayati Bhowal, Isolation, Identification and Analysis of Probiotic Properties of Lactobacillus spp. from Selected Regional Dairy Product, 4, 621-628, International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences, 2015
  • 34 Shantonu Roy, M Vishnuvardhan and Debabrata Das, Improvement of hydrogen production by newly isolated Thermoanaerobacteriumthermosaccharolyticum IIT BT-ST1, 39, 7541–7552., International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2014
  • 35 Shantonu Roy, Kanhaiya Kumar, Supratim Ghosh, Debabrata Das., Thermophilic biohydrogen production using pre-treated algal biomass as substrate., Biomass and Bioenergy, 2014
  • 36 Shantonu Roy; M Vishnuvardhan; DebabrataDas., Continuous thermophilic biohydrogen production in packed bed reactor., 78, Applied Energy, 2014
  • 37 Bikram K. Nayak, Shantonu Roy, Debabrata Das, Biohydrogen production from algal biomass (Anabaena sp. PCC 7120) cultivated in airlift photobioreactor., 39, 7553–7560, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2014
  • 38 SoumyaPandit, ShantimoyKhilari, Shantonu Roy, Debabrata Pradhan, Debabrata Das, Improvement of power generation using Shewanellaputrefaciens mediated bioanode in a single chambered microbial fuel cell: Effect of different anodic operating conditions., 166, 451–457, Bioresource Technology, 2014
  • 39 Samadrita Sengupta, Ankita Chakraborty, Jayati Bhowal, Production and evaluation of yogurt with watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) juice, 2, 249-257, Journal of International Academic Research for Multidisciplinary, 2014
  • 40 Bhaswati Goswami, Jayati Bhowal, Identification and Characterization of Extracellular Red Pigment Producing Bacteria Isolated from Soil, 3, 169-176, International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences, 2014
  • 41 Kanhaiya Kumar, Shantonu Roy, Debabrata Das., Continuous mode of carbon dioxide sequestration by C. sorokiniana and subsequent use of its biomass for hydrogen production using E. cloacae IIT-BT 08., 145, 116-122, Bioresource Technology, 2013
  • 42 Samadrita Sengupta, DK Bhattacharyya, Jayati Bhowal, Development of new kinds of soy yogurt containing functional lipids as superior quality food, 4, 144-151, Annals of Biological Research, 2013
  • 43 Manisha Maity, Sayantani Sanyal, Jayati Bhowal, D.K. Bhattacharyya, Studies on isolation and characterization of lactase produced from soil bacteria, 2, 92-94, Research Journal of Recent Sciences, 2013
  • 44 Shantonu Roy, Souparno Ghosh, Debabrata Das, Improvement of hydrogen production with thermophilic mixed culture using rice spent wash of distillery industry., 37, 15867–15874, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2012
  • 45 Amit Mondal, Smadrita Sengupta, Jayati Bhowal, D.K. Bhattacharyya, Utilization of Fruit Wastes in Producing Single Cell Protein, 1, 430-438, International Journal of Science, Environment and Technology, 2012
  • 46 Samadrita Sengupta, Minakshi Chakraborty, Jayati Bhowal, D.K. Bhattacharyya, Study on the effects of drying process on the composition and quality of wet okara, 1, 319-330, International Journal of Science, Environment and Technology, 2012
  • 47 Tanima Bhattacharya, Jayati Bhowal, Minakshi Ghosh, D.K. Bhattacharyya, Technology for Preparation of functional lipid and micronutrient enriched bhola bhetki fish (Nibea soldado) Spread, 1, 1-6, Open Access Scientific Reports, 2012
  • 48 Sujoy Kr Das, Jayati Bhowal, Akhil R. Das and Arun K Guha, Adsorption behavior of Rhodamine B on Rhizopus oryzae Biomass, 22, 7265–7272, Langmuir, 2006
  • 49 Jayati Bhowal, Sujoy Kr Das, B.P. Chatterjee, Arun K Guha, Infection of jute seedlings by the phytopathogenic fungus Macrophomina phaseolina mediated by endogenous lectin, 1, 51-60, Research Journal of Microbiology, 2006
  • 50 Jayati Bhowal, Arun K Guha and B. P. Chatterjee, Purification and characterization of a sialc acid specific lectin from the phytopathogenic fungus Macrophomina phaseolina, 340, 1973-1982, Carbohydrate Research, 2005
  • 51 S. Banerjee, S. Chaki, J. Bhowal and Bishnu P. Chatterjee, Mucin binding mitogeniclectin from fresh water Indian gastropod Belamyia bengalensis: purification and molecular characterization, 421, 125-134, Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 2004
  • 52 J. Bhowal, Aryya Mitra, Subhasis Banerjee, Sikha Sikdar, Arun K. Guha and Bishnu P. Chatterjee, Purification and characterization of an extracellular agglutinin from Tricophyton rubrum with specificity towards sialic-acid containing glycoconjugates, 41, 81-88, Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 2004
  • 53 Jayati Bhowal, Ghosh S., Bishnu P. Chatterjee and Arun K. Guha, Nutritional influence on the development and specific production of extracellular hemagglutinin from the phytopathogenic fungus Fusarium udum, 15, 75-80, Biochemical archives, 1999
  • 1 Shantonu Roy, Soumya Pandit, Microbial electrochemical system: Principles and Application., Elsevier, 2018
  • 2 Shantonu Roy, Debabrata Das., Biotechnological platform for biohydrogen production: present status and future challenges, Springer, 2017
  • 3 Shantonu Roy and Debabrata Das, Gaseous Fuels Production from Algal Biomass, Springer, 2017
  • 4 Shantonu Roy, Debabrata Das, Liquid Fuels Production from Algal Biomass,, Springer, 2017
  • 5 Shantonu Roy, Biological gaseous energy recovery from lignocellulosic biomass., Scrivener Publication, 2017
  • 6 Shantonu Roy, Debabrata Das, Biohythane: Fuel for the Future, CRC PRESS, 2017
  • 7 Shantonu Roy, Debabrata Das, Hydrogen from Biomass - Production Processes via Fermentation, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co, 2016
  • 8 Shantonu Roy and Debabrata Das, Nano Biotechnology Augmenting Biological Gaseous Energy Recovery, Wiley, 2016
  • 9 Shantonu Roy, Andrea Schievano, Stefania Marzorati, Deepak Pant, Microbial Fuel Cells, Elsevier, 2016
  • 10 Shantonu Roy, G. Balachandar, Debabrata Das., Ecobiotechnological Approaches: Enrichment Strategy for Improvement of H2 Production,, Springer, 2015
  • Contact Us

    Contact our HOD for more information

    Prof. Souvanic Roy

    Phone:  033 2668 4561 to 63 (Ext. 406) / +91 98360 93392