When Neha Jain, a student of Hinduja College, went to the college canteen after Diwali vacation, she was in for a pleasant surprise.
The canteen workers were seen wearing clean aprons and using clean cloth to wipe tables. The food is covered with plastic cover to make it convenient to remove it whenever needed without causing any contamination.
“The food is much tastier and hygienic. The canteen looks much cleaner and the freshly painted walls have made the ambience more vibrant and colourful,” she said. “Though our orders are taking a little longer to come to the table, we are happy to have freshly cooked dish.”
Serving freshly cooked food is the first step towards hygiene at the Hinduja College canteen. While other hygiene measures are being implemented at this south Mumbai college on Charni Road, the DNA Hygiene for Kitchen workshop has encouraged the canteen manager to make it a better place.
While revisiting the college canteens that participated in the workshop, the DNA team is getting introduced to innovative ways adopted by canteen managers to maintain hygiene. The canteen in Hinduja College has now taken to serving fresh food to take care of students’ taste and health. “We cut fresh cabbage while serving grilled sandwich or to use in a Chinese dish. We do not store any vegetable after it has been cut. Hence, we ensure that the food is fresh and will not lead to any contamination,” said Rajesh Naik, manager of this popular hangout of Hinduja College students.
He said the college student council members had attended DNA hygiene workshop. “We had a checklist to see if all measures were implemented at the canteen and what do we have to concentrate on,” Naik said.
A water purifier has been installed on the college campus. The canteen uses water from here to use in the kitchen. “We ensure there is no leftover food. Stuffing for vadas and samosas is prepared in the morning but we make sure the quantity is such that it gets over by the end of the day. Our experience in canteen business helps us in making almost accurate judgment,” he added.
The canteen manager is also thankful to students of Rotract Club of the college, who painted the canteen walls during Diwali vacation, lending it a attractive look.
Joshua Vaz, Hinduja College Rotract Club member, said, “We thought this to be an added aspect of making eating at the canteen a joyous experience. This has also encouraged canteen workers to keep the walls clean.”