The college has a cafeteria committee which comprises teachers, non-teaching staff and students. The committee members decide the menus, prices and nutritional value of the food in consultation with the service providers.education Updated: Aug 08, 2012 17:01 IST
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What do you like about the place?
“The thing which attracts me the most is that we always find tables here. It is very strategically located, hence there’s no question of waste of time. Also, we get a variety of food including north Indian, south Indian and Chinese and that too at affordable prices,” says Nayantara Nath, a BA student. “The previous canteen also had an ice-cream parlour where the counter was large and well-managed. Two to three attendants would also be there to clean the tables and the area in general,” says Bhawna Gera, BEIEd. When we visited the place, the canteen was under renovation. At the time of going to press, repair work and renovation in the college cafeteria and kitchen was very close to completion. “When completed, this will certainly be amongst the best,” says principal Pratibha Jolly
Do you get your lunch from home? If yes, what?
“Yes we do, the reason being it is definitely more nutritious and healthy. Also there is more variety and we tend to get a balance of all the nutrients: matar paneer, for example, gives us protein; aloo sabzi gives us carbohydrates and palak paneer gives a mix of iron, calcium and protein,” says Apoorva Bajaj, a BA programme student
Are you happy with the canteen food?
“The food is very heavy and has a lot of carbs. Also, there is no provision for non-vegetarian food,” says, Bajaj. The Nescafe kiosk has items such as vegetable corn pizza, cheese and tomato croissant, chocolate chip muffin and sugar ring doughnuts
The best thing you like about the college cafeteria?
“Apart from the cafeteria, we have a Nescafe stall which serves stuff like iced tea, Maggi, coffee, brownies, muffins, nutritious burgers and sandwiches. There’s also a small pantry,” says Nath
If you’re eating in the canteen, what do you expect to be served?
“We would expect the cafeteria to serve the food hot. It is also required to use less oil in Chinese fare. We also want a thali system and a lot of fresh fruit juice,” says Nath
Straight from the students’ union
Is there any person in charge of the cafeteria? Does the institute monitor what is being served?
The college has a cafeteria committee which comprises teachers, non-teaching staff and students. “The committee members decide the menus, prices and nutritional value of the food in consultation with the service providers. The cafeteria committee members monitor what is being served to the students,” says Sushma Moitra, vice principal, Miranda House
Are the students offered food of high nutritional value?
“Definitely, we are more careful in selection of cafeteria service providers. We also have a committee which keeps a strict eye on the hygiene and cleanliness in and around the cafeteria,” says Moitra
Any changes likely in the current menu list?
After the renovation of the cafeteria, the college is planning to hire a reputable service provider. “Secondly, the cafeteria committee has considered many noted brands and companies for the college cafeteria. There’ll be a significant change in the menu, looking at the needs and requirement of the students,” says an official
Any plans to upgrade the food quality?
“We have a dedicated cafeteria committee which is responsible and diligently works to monitor the quality of food. We are also planning to have snacks and small meals available to students and teachers — wholesome nutritious food to wean the students away from junk food,” says Moitra
What we liked about this place
A lot of new furniture is expected after the renovation is complete. There is an intent to increase the seating capacity as a lot of students crowd the place
The area near the Nescafe stall is very clean. “Though it is undergoing renovation, the previous cafeteria was very nicely structured and organised,” says Nayantara Nath, a BA programme student. “We have no clue as to how the food is prepared but it looks deliciously appealing and we try every bit to maintain cleanliness in and around the cafeteria and other food stalls,” says Bhawna Gera, a BElEd student