Two CSIR food projects for Punjab agri university

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Ludhiana, Jan 29 (UNI) The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has sanctioned two projects with a budget lay out of Rs 22.5 lakh to the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) for undertaking research on extruded products and use of cereal brans in foods.

Giving this information here today the PAU Head, Department of Food Science and Technology, Dr H P S Nagi said that the University has already started working on one of the projects, "Development of Convenience Health Foods using Extrusion Technology" with Dr Baljit Singh, Baking Technologist, as its Principal Investigator.

He added that another project, utilization of cereal brans in baked, pasta, extruded and indigenous products" will also be operated by Dr Savita Sharma, Senior Dough Rheologist as its Principal Investigator.

Dr Nagi highlighted that efforts will be made to devise suitable stabilization techniques to improve the quality of cereal bran and to access their use as human food adding that the bran is generally used for animal feed as it is the by-product of grain milling industry. He said that the convenient, ready-to-eat and nutritious foods are receiving focus of food scientists owing to their relevance in the era of fast urbanization.

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