Brand Sanjeev Kapoor has tied up with the HRD ministry to structure and design a special menu exclusively for the students of all the 598 Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV) across the country. Needless to say, I am super excited about this venture!
Since its inception in 1986, the JNV residential schools have been catering to the extremely meritorious and talented children of rural India, regardless of their socio-economic background. The JNV education system is an exceptional model – 28 out of 30 JNV students appearing for IIT’s get through! And, in such an environment, food is definitely an important factor to bring out the best in the students. Proper nutrition would only lead to the overall well-being of these young ones.
To give you a gist about this quite a dream project for me – I had been in discussion with HRD Union Minister Smriti Irani for a while about how the quality of the meals provided to these children can be improved. I really feel that in today’s age, children tend to end-up eating meals that are not wholesome. Giving importance to nutrition at school levels is the need of the hour and this is the best way I can do my bit towards it. My team and I have been visiting these schools and the R&D is taking a great shape! One important thing here is that, keeping in mind the availability of local ingredients in the specific region, these menus will be customised. I have always encouraged the concept of farm-to-table and I intend to imply it here as well! Not to forget, alongwith making the dishes nutritious, the taste factor will not be compromised. So, its going to be a combination of wholesome yet delicious food!
As I end, with proper nutrition, everything surely falls into place. If the children are eating right, they will perform right and will definitely pave a way towards a brighter future!