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MANAV RACHNA INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH AND STUDIES

(Formerly MANAV RACHNA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY )

Deemed to be University under section 3 of the UGC Act,1956

FAQS – Nutrition & Dietetics

NUTRITION AND DIETETICS (BSc/ MSc)

Ques. What is Nutrition and Dietetics?

Ans. It is an integrated and professional program preparing students to work as Nutritionists and Dieticians and explore how it affects the health of the individual and the nation, and also to discover how diet can be used in the treatment of disease. This programme will teach students to apply nutritional science in order to promote health and to treat medical conditions. As a dietitian they will work with people to help them modify their food intake, offering practical advice to enable them to make dietary changes.

Ques.What are the different programmes offered by the Department?

Ans. Programmes offered by the department are:-

  • Undergraduate (UG): B.Sc. Nutrition and Dietetics ( Six Semester)
  • Postgraduate (PG) : M.Sc Nutrition and Dietetics ( Four Semester)
  • PhD

Ques.What are the objectives of the programs being offered in the department of Nutrition and Dietetics?

Ans.

    1. To systematically understand and be critically aware of the basic nutrition concept.

    1. To demonstrate skills in the critical appraisal of research and the evaluation of interventions in relation to the current, evidence based on clinical nutrition.

    1. To demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate current research and show originality in applying techniques of research and enquiry to propose, create and interpret knowledge and insightful development for the profession.

    1. To demonstrate skills to make healthful decisions about nutrition and dietetics.

    1. To demonstrate the ability to deal with complex issues both systematically, decisively and creatively.

    1. To integrate prior and current life experiences, knowledge and skills into the development of independent learning strategies in university based and practice based health setting.

    1. To analyze and synthesize information related to the patient’s needs and to show ability to make sound judgments.

    1. To demonstrate an autonomous problem solving approach to the management of the patients with in the context of both nutrition and inter professional practice.

    1. To show ability to exercise initiative, show personal responsibility and manage themselves and others.

  1. To show aptitude for continuing to advanced professional development skills and their lifelong learning.

Ques. For entrance exams, is there any prescribed syllabus for students?

Ans. It is based on general aptitude and basic science. The sample paper of MR-NAT is available on the MRIU website.

What are various job opportunities after pursuing the program?

Ans. PUBLIC SECTOR:

  • Public Health Departments
  • International Organizations (UNICEF/ UNDP/ WHO)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Community Development Programmes

PRIVATE SECTOR:

  • Multi National Companies
  • Own Private Practice
  • Food Industry
  • Consultant for Private Companies, Private Hospitals, Airlines and Railways, Hotels, Health Care Centers
  • Quality food service establishments.
  • Sports and Fitness centers.
  • Health and Wellness Industries.
  • Private Hospitals.
  • Airlines and Railways
  • Hotels, Counselors in Schools etc.

RESEARCH:

  • Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI)
  • Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
  • Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR)
  • National Institute of Nutrition (NIN)

TEACHING:

  • Universities, Colleges and Schools.

Ques. What is the placement record of previous batches?

Ans. Students were placed in various health care industries like

  • Sports Authority of India
  • Azurra Pharmaconutrition
  • Dr. Shikha Sharma Nutrihealth
  • Dr. Lal Path Labs
  • Fitness Yatra, Noida
  • Personal Point
  • Fitness First
  • Escorts Hospital, Faridabad
  • AIIMS Trauma Center, New Delhi
  • Asian Institute of Medical Sciences, Faridabad
  • VlCC Healthcare, Delhi
  • Talwalkars Prime Fiteness, Delhi
  • Max Hospital, Saket
  • Paras Hospital, Gurgaon
  • Jaipur Golden Hospital, Delhi
  • PGI, Chandigarh
  • Guardian Lifecare Pvt. Ltd.
  • Nutrilife India Pvt. Ltd
  • Haldirams
  • Taj Group Of Hotels
  • Apollo Hospital
  • Consultant Nutritionist in IBM and Nestle
  • Artemist, Gurgaon
  • RML Hospital, New Delhi

Ques. How is this program different from programs offered by other Universities?

Ans.

    • This program provides two month Clinical / Industrial training in various multi specialty hospitals and industries in the B.Sc program. University has tie ups with multi-specialty hospitals/ industries.

    • Tie ups with various International Universities for Student – Faculty Exchange Program

    • Earning while Learning, a unique concept.

    • Health Camps as a CSR activity.

  • Tie ups with industries for research projects.

Ques. What is the teaching methodology adopted?

Ans.

    1. Classroom lecture by faculty

    1. Demonstration by faculty

    1. Independent work by student guided by faculty

    1. Hands on practical work by students

    1. Self initiated and directed study by students

    1. Self initiated and directed study by students with faculty evaluation

  1. Seminar presentation by student with faculty moderation and evaluation by peers

Ques. Do boys also opt for this course? If yes, then what are various job prospects for them?

Ans. Yes, boys also opt for this professional course. Job prospects are the same as for girls. They are generally more interested to join the corporate sector (e.g. Food manufacturing companies and health centers).

Ques. Is there any scholarship policy for the meritorious students?

Ans. Yes, the University offers scholarship to all students on the basis of marks /CGPA in the qualifying examinations.

Ques. Is there any provision for campus placement?

Ans. Yes, through Corporate Resource Centre (CRC) department organizes campus placement programme for the benefit of qualified nutritionists. CRC provides opportunity to the employers to interact with young aspirants. Various renowned food and healthcare industries are invited for the recruitments.

Ques. What are the additional prospects of personality development in the course?

Ans. The candidate will have:

  • Experience in a variety of areas related to dietetic practice: clinical, community nutrition and food service management;
  • Evidence of characteristics as leadership, self-reliance, initiative, good communication skills (oral and verbal) and academic excellence in nutrition related sciences.

Ques. Any industrial exposure provided to the students?

Ans. Industry- Institute interaction is an important aspect of our curriculum. The Department arranges students visits to different corporate giants like DIPAS, Yakult, Mother Dairy, Tilda rice, Haldirams, Flight Kitchen, Britania, Chintamani etc. These industrial visits provide hands on practical exposure and help in multi-dimensional development of the students, giving them an edge over others in terms of industrial exposure.

Ques. What are the international collaborations of the department?

Ans. Research Collaboration, scholarships and faculty/student exchange programme with international universities: Tsukuba University, Japan; Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Lahti, Finland, Leeds, U.K.; University Sains, Malaysia, Teesside University, U.K. and University Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia

Ques. What are the other activities performed by the department?

Ans. As a part of its corporate social responsibility, the department conducted free health and awareness camps for corporates like NTPC, ONGC, IBM, NESTLE as well as community level, to promote health and wellness on critical issues of concern like cancer, diabetes, hypertension etc.

Manav Rachna Aahar – an NGO initiated by the Department to provide free meals to the poor and needy living in the nearby slum.

  • Regular Counseling sessions at departmental OPD
  • Observance of Health Days: National Nutrition week, World Health Day
  • Doping Control/ Medical Officer at Commonwealth Games, Delhi.
  • Sports Nutrition counseling during various tournaments and Corporate Cricket Matches

Ques. Do you offer courses by internet, correspondence, or night school?

Ans. No, we do not.

Ques. After being awarded with M.Sc. in Nutrition and Dietetics degree, will candidates be eligible to become a Registered Dietician?

Ans. Yes, the candidate will be eligible for it but they have to clear the registered dietician exam conducted by the authorized organization.

Ques. Can a student undergo Dietetic Internship Program during B.Sc. Nutrition and Dietetics?

Ans. The Dietetic Internship Program can be undertaken simultaneously during B.Sc. in reputed hospitals of Delhi NCR. Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is unique to offer internship during Bachelors course itself.

Ques. What are the chief highlights of Bachelors and Masters course?

Ans. B.Sc. – Nutrition Dietetics (3 year) including:-

  • Two month clinical/ industrial training
  • Research Project
  • Exposure of Health Camps on Recent Chronic Diseases
  • Indulged in many National and International Conferences

M.Sc. – Nutrition Dietetics (2 year) with specialization in:

  • Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Public Health Nutrition

Research work and Projects

Indulged in many National and International Conferences

Ques. What are the major hospitals that provide hands on training to the students?

Ans. The Department is associated with the list of following hospitals at Delhi NCR-

  • Metro Heart Hospital, Faridabad
  • Medanta Medicity Hospital, Gurgaon
  • AIIMS Trauma center, New Delhi
  • ASIAN Hospital , Faridabad
  • PGI, Chandigarh
  • Fortis Escorts, Faridabad
  • Fortis Escorts, New Delhi
  • Sunflag Hospital ,Faridabad
  • Primus Hospital , New Delhi
  • VIMHANS Hospital, New Delhi
  • Max Hospital, Saket
  • Paras Hospital, Gurgaon
  • Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon
  • Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon
  • Majidia Hospital, Delhi
  • Jaipur Golden Hospital, Delhi
  • Kalyani- Escorts, Gurgaon
  • Prestigious Health Care Centers
  • Sarvodaya Hospital, Faridabad
  • Holy Family Hospital, Delhi
  • Kailash Hospital, Noida
  • Apollo Hospital, New Delhi

Ques. What is the participation of students and faculty in extension activities?

Ans. Extension activities are made mandatory for the students to promote Community linkage, Social Responsibility, Interaction with the people and Problem Analyzing and Solving Skills. In Contemporary society, the students are highly ignorant about the problems of the society where they live. Therefore, it is realized that the students must be sensitized about the society and extension activities are made mandatory for them.

The different Practices adopted are:

    • Organizing Health Camps, Awareness camps under Dr. O.P Bhalla Foundation Trust in rural areas.

    • Adoption of Mohana Village for various academic activities , counseling , training workshops , Health and hygiene practices

  • Organizing camps in association with various organizations like NTPC, ONGC etc for the employees of the organization and near vicinity.

Association of the department with Red Cross Society, Rotary Clubs that are functioning in the University .They involve the students in the activities like:

    • Organizing camps like AIDS awareness, de addiction, Cancer awareness etc.

    • Participation in Marathon, Walkathon and Rallies against Drug Addiction, Junk Food etc.

    • Blood Donation

    • Collecting sponsors and donations for relief and rehabilitation of people affected by natural calamities

    • Students contribution to old age homes by frequent visits, physical and monetary help

  • Campus Cleaning and Beautification

Ques. What are the major research thrust areas as recognized by the major funding agencies in the department?

Ans. The major research thrusts are:-

(a) Clinical Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Diabetes / cardiovascular disease / degenerative diseases / liver & kidney disorders / hyper-tension, etc.
 

(b) Food Science

  • Process and Product Development for normal conditions
  • Therapeutic Food Development
  • Functional Food Development
  • Food Preservation
(c) Community Nutrition
  • Nutrition Surveillance
  • Demographic studies
  • Providing nutrition education to the vulnerable groups viz. pregnant lactating women, anemic adolescent girls, etc. using novel approaches such as Positive deviance, use of audio Visual aids, nutrition games, lectures and demonstrations.
  • Development of low-cost nutrition technologies for adoption by rural people
  • Training of Child Development Project Officers engaged in nutrition dissemination
(d) Sports Nutrition

  • Ergogenic Aids and Dietary Supplements
  • Evaluation of Scientific Merit of Nutrient Supplements
  • Nutritional Strategies to optimize performance and enhance recovery.

Ques. Are there any Faculty member associated and serving in National committees, International committees, Editorial Boards etc.?

Ans. Yes, they are active members of Indian Dietetic Association, Nutrition Society of India, The Indian Society for Parentral Enteral Nutrition, Society of Biological Chemists etc. Few of them are members of editorial boards of MR International Journal of Applied Health Science and Joint Secretory-Indian Dietetic Association-Delhi Chapter. The faculty members have published many international and national papers in reputed journals and few faculty members have published chapter in books and edited the books.

Ques. What is the status of students doing projects in collaboration with other universities /industry / institute?

Ans. Many students have undertaken several projects at Saffola India Pvt Ltd, UNICEFF, SAI – Bangalore, Tsukuba University – Japan etc.

Ques. What are the Awards/recognitions received at the national and international level by Faculty?

Ans. The faculty has won many awards in oral presentations and poster presentations as President Poster Award, Best Research Proposal Award, Achievers Award, International Travelling Awards and Education Award in different national and international conferences.

Ques. Does the department organize any kind of Seminars/ Conferences/Workshops?

Ans. Yes, to brush up the students practical knowledge and help ensure their academic enrichment, laboratory experiments, training sessions, workshops, personality development workshops and seminars are conducted all year long such as International Seminar on ‘Contemporary Perspective on Health, National Nutrition Week-Paushtik Aahar Desh Ka Aadhar, Workshop on Food Preservation Processing, Research Methodology etc.

Ques. What are the contributions of the department in generating new knowledge, basic or applied?

Ans. The creativity of the students is kindled by encouraging them to write in the University magazine and publish their project outcomes as research articles in the research journals of our University. Departments send the students to other research organizations like DRDO, NDTL, SAI etc for knowledge sharing during their summer vacation. Students are motivated to participate and present papers in national and international forums.

The department creates a culture of instilling and nurturing creativity and scientific temper among the learners through the following ways:

    • Developing a curriculum that generates scientific awareness among students and provides them with ample opportunities at every step to practically assess and evaluate what they are learning.

    • Incorporating practical training/internship and professional exposure as essential components in curriculum. Students get direct exposure to industrial and manufacturing process and develop a scientific and technological temper.

    • Designing activities and tasks that assess a students aptitude for scientific, analytical and logical thinking and encourage creative thinking, like exhibitions, science projects, expo, etc.

    • Enhancing entrepreneurial skills among students through on campus activities, like organizing cafeterias and Science exhibitions. Incorporating the component of organizing canteens on campus, as compulsory in the PG curricula.

    • Incorporating the component of primary research through compulsory seminar and research projects/dissertations, in the UG and PG curriculum.

    • Providing increased exposure to the global trends through extension, lectures, seminars and conferences.

    • Encouraging students to present papers and posters in various conferences and seminars.

    • Encouraging students to contribute to campus buzz and in house publications.

  • Organizing year round activities and sending the students to participate in activities like quiz, dramatics, debate, cultural activities, etc. organized by other universities.

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