The BBA and BCA Freshmen of IPS COLLEGE, Jaipur visited the hallowed corridors of Akshaya Patra Foundation in Jagatpura, Jaipur on 14th September 2022.
The palpable excitement could be easily felt among the 150 plus BBA and BCA students as this was their first in the line of many outings and visits scheduled by IPS COLLEGE, Jaipur, including a trip to IIM-Ahmedabad, Bhamashah Techno-Hub, Trekking to Nahargargh and many more.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation, which started with its mid-day meal programme in June, 2000, provides free mid-day meals and feeds 1.8 million school children in 19,039 government and Government-aided schools. The organisation currently has its presence in 65 kitchens across 14 states & 2 Union territories in India. This not-for-profit organisation has been conferred as the world’s largest NGO-run mid-day meal programme.
The visit to the Jaipur Kitchen, made the students experience a ‘production system’ run under the ‘Six Sigma Methodology’, exposed them to the SQMS process which covers sub-processes like Supplier Selection, Supplier Qualification, Supplier Rating etc. to ensure that the right and best raw materials are procured. They learned the techniques of maintaining quality and safety during cooking in a fully automated kitchen, in accordance with the rules of FIFO (First In First Out) and FEFO (First Expiry First Out) methods while issuing the raw material for production.
The students were also mesmerized after the ‘darshan’ of Krishna-Balram idols in the sublime Temple and being briefed on the ‘Hare-Krishna’ Bhakti Rasa and philosophy of Srila Prabhupada, the founder of ISCKON – International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
The students also benefitted from an awe-inspiring workshop on ‘How to Control your Mind’ facilitated by Swami Raghav Charan Dasa, which concluded with mass chanting of ‘Hare Rama-Hare Krishna’ reverberating positivity in self and the environment.
The students feeling enriched with management thoughts, spiritual awakening, and tools of self-management, concluded an immensely satisfying day with ‘prasad’ distribution of khichdi, halwa, puris, mixed vegetables, and loads of memorable clicks.