Buoyed by good public response to its delicious eatables and drinks sold at the stall put up by its college of dairy science and technology at the 'pashu palan mela' on September 21 and 22, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Sciences University now plans to share its expertise to help uplift poor women and members of self-help groups in the field.
All it is waiting for is the required number of willing persons who wish to enrol for the course GADVSU is offering to prepare various nutritious products.
"Our students and staff produce numerous consumable items which provide relief in summers. But we received tremendous response for three of our brand new products, namely carrot 'lassi', whey 'jaljeera' and yoghurt ice cream," pointed out Dr SPS Sangha, dean, college of dairy science and technology.
The long list of products manufactured by the department include sweet and salted buttermilk, flavored milk, dhodha sweets, plain and 'masala' cheese, low fat cheese, sweet curd and ice creams.
"Whey drinks are produced from nutritious water left after cheese-making process is complete. Right now, we are making 'jaljeera' and sweetened drink from that nutritious water and people loved it," he added.
The university wants poor women, members of self-help groups and even individuals to approach them for training to know the processes to produce these much-in-demand products and get self-dependent.
"We have standardised the techniques of making these products and now we want that people come forward and take training from us in manufacturing them. We can also offer back-up support in the form of machinery and other equipment required for production. The intended beneficiaries can get financial help under government schemes through subsidised loans once the training is complete," Dr Sangha said.
"We need at least 10 students for the class. We will begin training as soon as we get the numbers, most probably during semester breaks in December and January," PK Singh, assistant professor in the department, said.
A visibly elated plant manager Karnail Singh said, "Our motive is to help poor women earn a livelihood. We were elated when people loved the efforts put in by our students. This was the best response to our products in the past two years since we introduced flavoured milk and ice cream. The list of products is only expanding since then. New trainees will only add to our list of new products and will be an asset."