• Name : Dr. V. Lakshmi
  • Designation : Head of the Department
  • Phone: 0891 - 2844527, 4528
  • Email : head.food@andhrauniversity.edu.in

Department of Food, Nutrition Dietetics, Andhra University was established in the year 2008 offering a full time 2 year M.Sc programme in Food, Nutrition & Dietetics. The founder of the Department was former Vice-Chancellor Prof. L.Venugopal Reddy. The Department at present is housed in Advanced Sciences Bhavan currently functioning under the dynamic headship of Dr V.Lakshmi from the Department of Human Genetics.

The M.Sc Food, Nutrition & Dietetics course curriculum is specially designed encompassing different areas of expertise namely Food processing, Food analysis, Clinical Nutrition, Dietetics and Food product development. The course curriculum is expanded and diversified to meet the emerging needs and challenges in the area of Food, Nutrition & Dietetics. The programme is fortified by the internship /industrial training amalgamated with project work and strengthened by industrial visits, organizing nutrition education programmes for rural and tribal communities.

The students are nominated for industrial training in pioneering industries such as Telangana Foods, Horlicks, Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) and several others. The Hospitals catering to the internship of students include Mallya Hospital, Bengaluru, Global, Apollo and CARE hospitals.

Having the exposure to all the areas under the umbrella of Food and Nutrition, M.Sc students of this Department are equipped sufficiently to pursue a career in all the areas of specialization. The Department takes pride in achieving 80 % placements for the students every year. Alumni of the Department are well placed in various Hospitals across the country including Defence Hospitals as Dieticians and also in several Food Industries, Research Organizations, Voluntary Organizations and State Government Nutrition-related projects. The Department has successfully organized several National and International Seminars/ Workshops/ Food Exhibitions and Community Nutrition Education programmes till date.


Programs offered

Sl.No Name of the Program
PG Programmes
1 M.Sc. (Food Nutrition and Dietetics)
Doctoral Programmes
1 Ph.D. (Food Nutrition and Dietetics)
Name Designation Qualification Specialization
Prof. Panchagnula Gopala Krishna Professor (A) & Chairman , Board of Studies Ph.D. Natural Products, Food Analysis
Sri P. Rama Krishna Professor (H)
Dr V.Lakshmi Professor Ph.D. Human Molecular Genetics, Biochemical Genetics and Population Genetics
Dr.M.Rajeswari Assistant Professor(c) M.Sc., Ph.D. Clinical Nutrition, Food analysis
  1. Work shop on Healthy juices, 9 th August 2018, Department of Food, Nutrition & Dietetics, Andhra University
  2. Health and Biotechnological Applications in Food & Pharma Industries (EHBAFPI) organised by Department of Biotechnology and Food Nutrition and Dietetics, Andhra University on 27-28 th October, 2018
  3. National Webinar on "Precision Nutrition- the Way Forward to Immunity challenges" 23rd June, 2020
  4. International Webinar on "Precision Nutrition for Potential Adolescence, Challenges in Context of Covid -19" -24/09/2021, National Commission for Women (NCW) sponsored
  5. Sreshta Aahaar - 2022, National Workshop & Nutrition Education Program on 28/03/2022
  6. Organised "Yes to Poshan" - a Nutrition program on "Demonstration of nutrient rich recipes and nutrition education in 20 villages of Achutapuram Dist. Anakapalli" supported by Vijaya Vahini Charitable Foundation and prepared a book on menu plans for Pregnant & lactating mothers to be used at ICDS centers ( During the months of March, April and May 2023)

Distinguished Alumni:

  1. G. Raju, Chief Dietitian, Army Hospital, Secunderabd
  2. Trishita Issar- Director, Diet Solutions Clinic
  3. T. Lavanya , Senior Nutritionist, Nutraceutical Division, Lee Pharma Ltd.
  4. N Sirisha, Chief Dietitian, KIMS ICON Hospital
  5. Swetha Sree, Senior Dietitian, Apollo Hospitals , Hyderabad
  6. DSL Sravani, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY,USA
  7. Naga Raju, Senior Journalist, Suman Television