MYSURU:With farmers in distress following the failure of the monsoon, students pursuing research for their doctoral degrees in the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) are extending their technology to improve the financial conditions of rural women.
The full-time research fellows at AcSIR in CSIR-CFTRI visit villages, spend time interacting with the villagers and study their problems.
As the state government has made rural service compulsory for MBBS graduates, AcSIR is attempting to help rural women.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)’s Mysuru Chapter had carried out a study and suggested that the village be adopted. A group of eight students from AcSIR visited Puttegowdanahundi in Varuna constituency and held talks with women self-help groups.
The AcSIR has decided to present a Rs 74,000 papad-making machine which is operated without power, to the women.
Central Food Technology Research Institute director Ramrajshekaran said they wanted to give the technology to these SHGs and decided to purchase papads for its stores and use them in CFTRI canteen. A quality check will be carried out.
The CFTRI, keen to combat malnurition of children, has taken a project at Rampura, Heggadahalli, Kalahalli Colony and Chamalapura Hundi in Nanjangud.
The CFTRI will cover 250 children where the researchers will draw blood samples and study health improvements after giving them nutrients for three to six months at a cost of Rs 88 lakh.
CFTRI Director Ramrajshekaran told Express that they have sought permission from the government and entered into an understanding with a hospital to carry out research.
The CFTRI will also train anganwadi workers and apprise them of coordination with Women and Child Welfare Department.