Virtual Session on Nutrition at D Y Patil University School of Hospitality & Tourism Studies

Education has evolved a lot in the last couple of decades. In many ways this evolution towards a virtual classroom has broken the natural boundaries that once existed in the exchange of information, and has set the stage for a more personal and interactive learning experience.Technology has changed the way we consume information and it is important that education in the workplace evolves with these new learning styles. A popular way of adapting to new learning styles is through the flexibility and convenience of virtual classrooms.


On the same lines, virtual classroom session was organized by Assistant Professor Bhavani Swaminathan on 7 August 2018. The session was attended by 80 students of Second Year, Hospitality Studies. It was conducted by Dr. Dharini Krishnan who is a well known Registered Dietitian and President of Indian Dietetic Association, Chennai Chapter. She runs a Nutrition Care Center for Heinz Nutrition Foundation, India. Breaking new grounds in diet counselling, Dr. Dharini Krishnan conceptualized and created a personalized Diet Software – DIGEST : a tailor made software for Dietitians.


Dr. Dharini conducted a mind blowing session on Food Adulteration for the SY students. This topic had a fabulous impact on students mind as they have a complete detailed module of Food Adulteration in their syllabus. By the end of the session the students were very clear about the difference between adulteration and adulterants. The various types of adulterants found in food products were discussed like coloring agents, pesticide residues, metallic contaminants like lead, arsenic, effluent from chemical industries, etc. It was also mentioned in the lecture that how to identify adulterants in everyday food items as per FSSAI guidelines. Example of clay and chicory in coffee powder, detection of artificial colours in vegetables like ladies finger, green chillies, sweet potatoes, etc. was discussed in detail during the session. Dr. Dharini also discussed the health risks imposed by these adulterants. At the end of the session, she showed the website which she has created for school and college students to understand how the tests can be done and which chemicals to be used for detection of adulteration.


Students had a real brain storming session for 1.5 hours which was fruitful. They interacted with Dr. Dharini and their queries were solved. It can be concluded that it was really a knowledge gaining session for students.