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I. Community Engagement and Outreach initiatives: It has been a constant endeavor of IHE to understand and engage with issues of local and national importance through our community outreach initiatives. The students and faculty of IHE have been involved in engaging with the community on various issue concerning health, nutrition, education and women empowerment.

I (a) Nutrition and health education: The Department of Food and Nutrition & Food Technology regularly carries out community outreach activities as a part of its social responsibility to teach community members how to improve their nutritional status and develop healthy lifestyles. Under the supervision of faculty members, the community outreach activities are conducted mainly by the post-graduate students. As part of Public Health Nutrition, nutrition and health education sessions are carried out for beneficiaries of ICDS programme (adolescent girls, pregnant women, nursing mothers as well as other women) in the neighbouring colonies of Neb Sarai, Lado Sarai, Kotla Mubarakpur, Munirka and Shahpur Jat using a combination of traditional and modern media.

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic too, efforts have been made to reach out to the community in the virtual mode especially during the POSHAN Maah in September and POSHAN Pakhwada in March. Sessions have been conducted for beneficiaries of ICDS programme as well as members of Resident Welfare Associations, NGOs, school/college students. Sessions have been conducted on themes such as reading food labels, food safety, menstrual hygiene, anaemia, importance of millets, gut health, obesity, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, healthy eating and lifestyle, care and nutrition during pregnancy and lactation, nutrition and care practices for infants.

 

In addition to this, every year, the students participate in an ‘Inter-generational Mela’ organized by National Institute of Social Defense, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India and Anugraha Regional Resource and Training Centre. The students put up a stall and display healthy eating options for the visitors of all age groups, conduct nutritional assessment and counsel the elderly about their diet and lifestyle practices.

 

Glimpses of the health and nutrition education outreach

I (b) ‘Each One Enable One’ programme
Since the last three decades, the final year Home Science students of the college have been actively involved in imparting functional literacy to women from the under privileged sections of society in the age group of 15-35 years through the ‘Each One Enable One’ program. Women who have never had the opportunity to attend school and who live in the neighbourhood of students are the target beneficiaries of the programme. The literacy primers developed by the Literacy Resource Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia are used for the purpose of imparting literacy. The entire teaching-learning process is monitored by the faculty of the Department of Development Communication, Extension and Journalism at IHE. In addition to functional literacy, the women are also imparted needs based skill training to improve their quality personal and professional life and in many cases enhance their income earning abilities. The learners are invited to the college premises once in an academic year to encourage and motivate them to do better and assess their learning. An impact study of the Each One Enable One’ programme conducted by the faculty has shown significant improvement in the 3Rs of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic and has been published (https://doi.org/10.1177/14779714211006719).

 

A literacy mela organized in college for the benefit of the neo-literates

I (c) Digital literacy training programme:
Keeping in view the changing scenario due to rapid digitalization of various sectors such as financial, education, health related and governance, digital literacy skills have become very important. Unfortunately, the poorer sections of population as well as women have been left behind because of lower access to digital devices, low internet connectivity and poor digital literacy. Since the last two years (since 2019), the ‘Each One Enable One’ programme of the college has been revised wherein the students now impart digital literacy skills to women instead of functional literacy to enable and empower them to participate in various activities and benefit from them. The students have been imparting digital literacy training to their mothers/other relatives or household help. A standardized 50 hours digital literacy training module developed as part of a research project of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, GOI, has been used for the purpose. The programme too has been highly successful in achieving the objective of empowering women and is in tune to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 5 of Gender Equality. More information about the digital literacy training programme conducted by IHE is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRcD2NtIGeE

 

Students imparting digital literacy training to their mothers

I (c) Digital literacy training programme:

The college has a strong system of advisory for the students. Each section has at least two faculty members assigned as student advisors. The faculty is encouraged to hold meeting regularly with their advisory group. The students can raise all concerns related to curriculum, classes, internal assessment, teaching and facilities through their advisors. The issues are resolved in the best possible manner through the intervention of teacher-in-charges and the Director.

 
III. Research and Projects
Over the years, the college has been actively engaged in multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research projects funded by different national as well as international organisations. Over the years, the faculty members have been involved in more than 60 research projects thus not only strengthening the knowledge base of different stakeholders but also contributing significantly to bolstering the teaching-learning component. Some of the significant areas of research have been climate change, poverty, gender, management of non-communicable diseases, child feeding, adolescent health and geriatric nutrition. The scholars study these issues from multiple epistemologies and methodologies, thereby offering newer perspectives to problems while suggesting correctives at the level of policy making and practice.

 
IV. Environmental Consciousness and Sustainability
The core principles and values of environment consciousness and sustainability are at the heart of the critical pedagogy practiced at IHE. Such consciousness is inculcated among students, the staff, and participating members of civil society through a number of programmes, which are from time to time covered by media for wider public awareness. Some of the initiatives are as under:

  • Composting: The college has successfully achieved its mission of converting all the food waste generated in canteen and laboratories into nutrient rich organic manure under the project SORT (Segregation of Organic-Waste for Recycling and Treatment). Aerobins have been installed in the college campus in collaboration with IPCA and approximately 100 kg of organic compost was harvested, which is used for greening the campus making the college self-sustainable in compost requirement.
  • Tobacco and Alcohol free zone: The college has ensured that its campus and surroundings are tobacco and alcohol-free zones. Awareness programmes to this effect are conducted from time to time.
  • Plastic free zone: The use of plastics has been radically reduced in the college as part of an effort to make the campus a zero plastic zone.
  • Water harvesting system: The college installed a rain water harvesting system in the year 2013. The capacity of the system is 2000 KL. The harvested water is used for gardening and cleaning of the college campus. Apart from saving water, the system also motivates college students to save water and reduce its wastage.
  • Vermicomposting: Vermicompost is produced in the college by suing pit as well as bin methods and is used replacement for traditional street lights with the help and support of Innovative Power Solutions. These solar lights are the most recent addition to the sustainable initiatives in college with motto of making campus green.
  • Installation of solar lights: In order to minimize carbon footprint of college and become environmentally conscious academic institute, the college has installed 22 solar lights in its premises as sustainable replacement for traditional street lights with the help and support of Innovative Power Solutions. These solar lights are the most recent addition to the sustainable initiatives in college with motto of making campus green.
  • Paper recycling unit: The Department of Resource Management and Design Application has set up a  paper recycling unit in collaboration with Technology and Action for Rural Advancement (TARA).  waste paper is collected from various departments in the college and converted into recycled paper and later on to attractive products.
Some Glimpses of the activities