Mysore, Nov 14 (UNI) The Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (AFST) today launched a nationwide educational intervention programme 'health, hygiene and nutrition' for school children here.
The national exercise programme has been planned for implementation through the association's regional chapters throughout the country.
Karnataka Legislative Council Chairman Prof B K Chandrashekar inaugurated the programme as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the association on the occasion of Children's Day.
Speaking on the occasion, he said there was urgent need to create a proper awareness on nutritional safety in the country, though the Planning Commission had taken up a plan on this direction.
However, several surveys, conducted by health service organisations and nutritional researchers, have pointed out that besides, poor accessibility to food, lack of awareness of nutritional aspects of food also contributed to the malnutrition, he added.
Stating that Karnataka had introduced the mid-day meals scheme for students upto eight standards only during 2003 and it need to be extended upto tenth standard, he said adding neighbouring Tamil Nadu had introduced the same programme way back in 1952.