Hyderabad: After eggs, chicken and mutton, millet will now give a nutritional boost to students of the Telangana Minorities Residential Educational Institutions Society (TMREIS).
Starting from the next academic year, students in TMREIS will have millet snacks once in week. The Society has decided to introduce millets as they are known to have umpteen health benefits. They are a rich source of iron, protein, fibre and minerals as well and aid in the digestion process apart from detoxifying the body.
Recently, scientists from the Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU) held a meeting with senior officials of the Society regarding introduction of millets in the menu.
“Firstly, millet cookies will be served to students from the next academic year once a week. There are plans to introduce it in the breakfast as well for students,” B Shafiullah, Secretary, TMREIS, told Telangana Today.
Presently, the society is providing nutritious and wholesome food to students studying its residential schools and colleges. The menu includes 50 ml of milk mixed with Boost daily morning and seven varieties of breakfast items like Chapati, Pulihora, Rice Pongal, Puri, Bonda, Kichdi and Idli each day. These apart, four eggs in a week are provided to students while chicken and mutton dishes are served four times and twice every month respectively.
Students also get have to Bagara Rice twice a week and vegetable fried rice once every week while seasonal fruits, curd and buttermilk are also part of the everyday meal.
Apart from nutritious food, residential schools are equipped with infrastructure which is on par with the international schools. The Society had recently established robotics and engineering laboratories, and is imparting required skills to students. Recently six TMREIS students presented a project on space colonisation at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), US.
With huge demand for these schools, the Society held an entrance test for first time this year for filling up seats with meritorious students.