SKUAST-K holds 7-day skill training at COTS Mirgund

Srinagar: A seven-days training programme on “Communication Skills and Personality Development” orgnised by Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir at College of Temperate Sericulture (COTS).
The training programme which was conducted under IDP (NAHEP) was attended by undergraduate and postgraduate students and faculty members from SKUAST-Kashmir and University of Kashmir as well. Speakers from various research and academic institutions from India including threw ample light on communication methodology and the relevance of effective communication in modern time which has witnessed technological boom.
The Associate Dean, College of Temperate Sericulture Mirgund Prof. M. F. Baqual in his valedictory address thanked Prof. Nazeer Ahmad, Vice Chancellor of SKUAST-Kashmir for providing support for implementing such programmes and also expressed his gratitude to Prof. Nazeer Ahmad Ganie, Director Project Planning and Monitoring SKUAST-Kashmir for extending his help and encouragement. He also highlighted the need of inculcating the skills of communication by the students for their placement in any organization.
Speaking on the occasion, Director Project Planning and Monitoring SKUAST-Kashmir Prof. Nazeer Ahmad Ganaie emphasized that effective communication has become a predominant factor even while recruiting employees. While interviewing candidates, most interviewers judge them on the basis of the way they communicate. They believe that skill can be improvised on the job but ability to communicate well is of utmost importance. Dr. Ganaie also complemented the organizers in particular and College of Temperate Sericulture Mirgund in general for conducting such type of programmes. At the end Prof Zia-ul-Haque Head Division of Sericulture Crop Improvement of the College presented vote of thanks. Dr Shabir Ahmad Bhat, Assistant Professor and Programme Coordinator also congratulated the participants for successful completion of one week training._____
Biryani tops India’s food chart during lockdown: Report
New Delhi: The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown saw many people turning chefs overnight, but those who could not turned to online delivery of food. And not just any food, as per a new report, Indians “craved the most for Biryani” during the lockdown.
The “StatEATistics report: The Quarantine Edition” from food delivery platform Swiggy found that Indians ordered biryani over “5.5 lakh times” from their favourite restaurants.
The new normal might have opened a pandora’s box of behavioral changes, but some old habits die hard like the love for Biryani, which took the top spot for overall orders. It was followed by butter naan and masala dosa at 3,35,185 and 3,31,423, respectively.
Biryani has topped the list of most ordered dishes for the fourth year in a row, the food delivery platform noted.
Indians didn’t forget to indulge their sweet tooth in the uncertain months of lockdown. Their favourite comfort food during the lockdown period was the moist and decadent Choco Lava cake, ordered around 1,29,000 times.
“The humble Gulab Jamun (84,558) and chic Butterscotch Mousse cake (27,317) followed suit,” said the report derived from Swiggy’s order analysis in the past few months across cities that it is present in.
Also, as birthday parties moved to video calls, and virtual cake cutting sessions, according to the food delivery platform, it delivered nearly “1,20,000 cakes” to complete these celebrations.
According to the report, on average, “65,000 meal orders” were placed by 8 pm each day to make sure food arrived in time for dinner.
“It was the busiest hour for Swiggy delivery partners and restaurants. On average, they (customers) chose to tip Rs.23.65, with one particularly generous customer tipping Rs. 2500!,” it added.
For those who only relied on home-made food during the quarantine, Swiggy delivered a whooping 323 million kgs of onions and 56 million kgs of bananas through its grocery section and hence ensured that its consumers were all stocked up.
That said, it also took care of the ‘quick-fix meal’ tribe — consumers who resort to the evergreen college hacks of living on instant noodles.
“Around 3,50,000 packets of this ideal easy to cook meal were ordered during the lockdown,” it said.
In all, Swiggy delivered 40 million orders across food, groceries, medicines and other household items during India’s lockdowns. It also delivered over 73,000 bottles of sanitizers and hand wash along with 47,000 face masks as the definition of essentials’ changed during these uncertain times.

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