Objectives of the Division
- Extension and communication Research
- Outreach and Extension programmes
- Human Resource Development through regular and ad hoc training programmes in nutrition and health
- Development of need-based nutrition communication material
- Media and public relations
About the Extension and Training Division
Extension and Training (E&T) Division is an important arm of the Institute. It is also the first contact point to the general public visiting the Institute. The main activities of the division include organization of nutrition extension programmes through lectures, demonstrations and exhibitions at the community level and impart nutrition education through need based training programmes in both on-campus and off-campus modes. From time to time depending on the demand, need based ad-hoc training programmes are organized for the front line health functionaries. In addition, regular training programmes are conducted on various aspects of nutrition related subjects for the benefit of medical doctors, nutritionists, personnel involved in food and nutrition related fields and biochemists. Human resource development (HRD) is another priority area of this division. As part of HRD, a two year MSc. (Applied Nutrition) programme is being run in affiliation with Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences (DrNTRUHS), Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. The division’s strength lies in the expertise of Scientific and Technical manpower holding with diversified background in sociology, dietetics, health communication, media, extension and training. In addition, the division brings out need based Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material. The division coordinates with other centres of repute like Educational Multi Media Research Centre (EMMRC) and C-DAC and it has produced many multimedia educational aids on nutrition education for the community. Also, the scientists of the division carryout research in extension and communication to develop need based communication material. The division brings out various publications on various aspects of nutrition and health which are quite popular among the general public, health professionals, students of medicine and foods and nutrition. Apart from these publications, the division brings out periodicals and gratis material including the popular semi technical bulletin “Nutrition News”.
The division also runs a diet counselling centre to cater to the needs of the general public and there is an overwhelming response from the public who utilise the centres services
Carried out studies on nutrition knowledge, awareness among adolescent girls, rural women and student volunteers to evolve strategies for nutrition education, IEC material using Research projects conducted by the scientists resulted in the development of several IEC related material pertaining to nutrition and health and in the production of many educational film. The nutrition education research helped in identifying adolescent boys and girls in schools to function as facilitates and change agents to bring about desirable changes in nutritional practices of the community members.
Present Research Activities
Research activities include assessment of the authenticity and reporting of the scientific articles published by the media particularly journalists and promotion of nutrition and health through “Oorja Clubs” in schools. Another study aims to create awareness among the school children regarding the usage of food and nutrition, labelling on processed foods packets/containers.
Thrust areas for future
- Revamping of Museum.
- Establishment of Exhibition and Publication Sales Counter on wheels..
- Initiation of 1 year PG Diploma course in affiliation with Dr.NTRUHS for Medical doctors, nutritionists and biochemists..
- Research in Health communication and Health systems.