Verghese Kurien Institute of Dairy and Food Technology , Mannuthy


Department Profile


The Library and Information Division of the College of Dairy Science and Technology (CDST) is the centre for collection, organization and dissemination of information on Dairy science and allied subjects.  CDST library is primarily concerned with conservation and dissemination of right knowledge to its users.  Library has a collection of about 6000 books and subscribes to 25print journals, 22 e books, 4 e journals and 8 newspapers and satisfies the information needs of students, faculty and research scholars of the college as well as the University.  Library holds a civil service corner having exclusive collection of books for competitive examinations which provides variety learning environment.  Online access to the core journals in dairy science and allied subjects is made available through the consortium CeRA (Consortium of e Resources in Agriculture) which include both national and international journals.  Theses and dissertations of the various Agricultural Universities can be accessed through Krishikhosh - the institutional repository of the Indian National Agricultural System.


Library is open on all working days between 9.00 A M and 5.00P M.

Library follows Dewey Decimal Classification for classification of books and developed onlinecatalogue using the KOHAsoftware, an open source integrated Library Management software.

Book lending service is provided to all members of the library.  Book is issued for a period of 10 days to students and one month for staff and it can be renewed for further two terms.  Thus a member can keep a book for a maximum period of one month.  The library maintains a separate collection of reference books and these books are issued for overnight reading only. Soft copies of the question papers of earlier years university examination are also made available.


Life at CDST is exciting and reviving; class schedules, assignments, practical sessions, presentations, seminars, industrial visits etc. The college also gives priority to extracurricular activities, for students to develop their social, cultural and managerial skills outside the classroom. Co-curricular activities like Annual Arts’ Fest and College Sports Meet, Student’s Union activities, Exhibitions, Conferences, Seminars, Technical Meets, Debates, Quiz competitions, etc. are organized aimed at the holistic development of student community.

NSS Activities

The National Service Scheme (NSS) unit of the College undertakes various programmes aimed to improve the social commitment of students and their personality development. Programmes are arranged during World Milk Day, Farmers’ Day, Republic Day and Independence Day celebrations. The 1(Kerala) Remount and Veterinary Squadron NCC unit located in the Veterinary College, Mannuthy trains both B. V. Sc and B. Tech students for equestrian events.


Study tours are an integral part of the B. Tech academic curriculum. An All Kerala tour and an All India tour are organized to facilitate the students to visit the most important Dairy and Food plants and other important institutions across the county. Apart from these, study tours are also organized as part of the various courses. It includes trips to dairies, packaging industries, dairy farms and other such institutes concerned.


Reputation of this institution is among the top academic colleges in dairy processing; credit goes to our B. Tech graduates. Campus recruitment programmes are conducted for final year students/graduates every year.  Reputed firms like Almarai in Saudi Arabia, Schreiber Dynamix Dairies, ITC Foods division, Milma, Hatsun Agro Products etc recruit our B. Tech graduates through campus interview.


Indian Dairy Association (IDA) – Kerala chapter and the Association for Food Scientists and Technologists, India (AFSTI) – Thrissur chapter functions in the college.

Indian Dairy Association (IDA) is a professional body which functions very closely with the dairy farmers, professionals and planners, scientists and educationists, institutions, and other organizations associated with the development of dairying in the country. The Association of Food Scientists and Technologists, India (AFSTI) is one of the largest professional and educational organizations formed with the objective to stimulate and advance knowledge base on various aspects of Food Science and Technology.


The Parent Teacher Association is a statutorily elected body which aims at the overall development of the college. The PTA aspires for co-operation and participation of parents in full measure in the activities of the institution. The PTA has been focusing on the growth and development of the college since its inception and takes an active role in supporting various student development initiatives.


CDST ensures the unrelenting supply of quality dairy professionals to meet the ever growing necessity for improvement in Dairy/Food Processing sector till date. Our graduates are absorbed as Dairy Extension Officers in the Department of Dairy Development, Govt. of Kerala.  Many students could pursue their higher studies in Business Management, Bio-Technology, Food Technology and other fields and have successfully been placed as executives in many private and public sector organisations.  Some organisations where our alumni are working include AMUL, NDDB, DFRL, Mother Dairy, Glaxo Smithkline Beecham, Heinz India, Cadburys, Reliance Industries Ltd. and Banking institutions such as SBI, ICICI, HDFC, IOB, PNB, SIB etc. The graduates of the college formed an association named CDST Graduates’ Association (CDSTGA) during 2003, providing a comprehensive platform to involve actively in the welfare of college alumni, and work to support the milk producers and processors in the state. The members of the association are scattered across the globe.


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