Wednesday, October 20, 2010



A research proposal for \'Background food and nutrition study in Punjab\', submitted by the department of Food and Nutrition, College of Home Science, has been selected through 'Request for Proposal' (RFP) process by Harvest Plus, a Canadian research organization. The organization is a global alliance of research institutions and implementing agencies that are working together to breed and disseminate crops for better nutrition. It is coordinated by the 'International Food Policy Research Institute' (IFPRI) and the International Centre of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). The research team for the project comprises of Dr Kiran Bains, Associate Professor Food and Nutrition as Principal Investigator; Dr Harpreet Kaur, Assistant Professor, Food and Nutrition, Dr Manjit K. Sangha, Biochemist, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, PAU and Dr Puneet A. Pooni, Professor of Paediatrics, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital.

Giving details about the project, Dr Neelam Grewal, Dean College of Home Science said that the proposal aims at the assessment of wheat as an important source of zinc for at risk population in Punjab where wheat is a primary staple food crop and sub clinical zinc deficiency is a nutritional deficiency of public health significance. Therefore, Harvest Plus, where research on micronutrients is a major thrust will fund this project for one year at an approximate cost of $ 60,000 USD.

Dr. Manjit Singh Kang, Vice-Chancellor, PAU has congratulated the team of scientists associated with the project for proposing the winning project. He said that the findings expected from this inter-disciplinary project will be useful to the society.

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