Miracle grains

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  • Published 8.10.18, 9:56 PM
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Judges look at dishes prepared with millets and amaranth by students of Lady Irwin College in New Delhi Telegraph archive picture

Mahindra Ecole Centrale (MEC) College of Engineering in Hyderabad recently organised its first undergraduate students research symposium called URS@MEC 2018. The research work of third and fourth-year students was showcased through 60 posters and 12 presentations, which covered contemporary fields as varied as big data analytics, block chain technology, meta-materials, seismic analysis, financial modelling, micro fluidics and so on. An MEC jury assessed the presentations and awarded the best ones.

The institute has been encouraging undergraduate students to take part in research work carried out by the faculty members. “URS@MEC 2018 was a culmination of interesting research work carried out by MEC students in the form of either internships or as research associates of faculty members. Our plan is to expand the scope of this symposium to include students of other colleges in the future,” said Dr Yajulu Medury, director of MEC.

A seminar was recently held at Lady Irwin College in New Delhi to spread awareness about the health benefits of indigenous grains, millet and amaranth. Both these seeds are not only highly nutritious but also easy to grow. These were under-utilised till now because they were considered the food of poor people, who could not afford wheat or rice. It is time to revive such traditional crops, leading nutrition specialists at the seminar said. There was also an intra-college cooking competition where the main ingredient of a dish had to be one of these grains.

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