Winter 2004    Vol. 12, Issue 2


Public Health Nutrition Scholarships Unveiled in India

In the summer of 2003, graduate students at Lady Irwin College in New Delhi, India were given an opportunity to enhance their training and research. That’s when CECHE partnered with the school’s Food and Nutrition Department to establish a scholarship program for its master’s degree and doctoral candidates.

Three public health nutrition scholarships will be awarded each year — two to master’s candidates and one to a doctoral student, chosen on a merit-cum-means basis. Applications are screened by the director of Lady Irwin, the head of the Food and Nutrition Department and an instructor nominee. The school’s scholarship committee then approves the final candidate list and presents the recommendations to CECHE for review.

Nidhi Goyal, Suman Anand and Anshu Kumra were the 2003 scholarship recipients, and the program’s first awardees.

goyalScheduled to complete her master’s degree in 2004, Ms. Goyal has developed and conducted nutrition education programs for pregnant women of mobile crèches using a variety of communication skills. She has also performed extensive fieldwork in maternal and child health, and child welfare, and has completed a six-week curriculum in medicine at the Department of Social & Preventive Medicine at S.N. Medical College, Agra. anand

Gender- and age-related differences in the nutritional status of affluent elderly individuals are the focus of Ms. Anand’s master’s dissertation. During the course of her studies, Ms. Anand completed 260 hours of fieldwork in the villages of Agra to evaluate a World Health Organization-funded Maternal Child Health and Nutrition initiative; she also worked on a project at an Anganwadi center. kumra

Ms. Kumra completed her master’s degree at Lady Irwin in 1982. Prior to returning for her Ph.D., she was a lecturer in home science at St. Bede's College, Shimla, and spent two years at the Food Craft Institute in Chandigarh in the Department of Bakery and Confectionery. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled: "Food Security in Urban Slums and the Impact of Relocation — A Comparative Study."

Established in 1932, Lady Irwin College is a pioneer institution for nutrition studies in India. Affiliated with the University of Delhi, it is recognized for imparting quality higher education to women through undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate courses in multidimensional disciplines.

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