ADHOC Research Project :

The faculty of Home Science has carried out several research projects in the last 25 years with financial support of national and internal organizations.

The International Organisations include

  • United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
  • International Foundation for Science (IFS)
  • Ford Foundation (FF)
  • Centre for Integrated Rural Development for Asia and Pacific (CIRDAP)
  • Sonnenkorb -West Germany
  • Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)

National Organisations include

  • Indian Council of agricultural Research (ICAR)
  • Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
  • Department of Science & Technology (DST)
  • Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD)
  • Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences
  • Govt. of India

State level Organisations include

  • District Primary Education Programme (DPEP)
  • Govt. of Andhra Pradesh
  • Society for Conservation of Energy in Andhra Pradesh.

The Projects undertaken by the five components of Home Science i.e., Food & Nutrition, Human Development and Family Studies, Resource management and consumer sciences, Apparel and Textiles and Extension Education are presented here.


COMPLETED PROJECTS : (1974 - 1987)

Funded by National Agencies

  • Evaluation of Special Nutrition programme (Government of A.P) Department
  • Food and nutrient intake of rural Population in A.P and loss of nutrients in cereal-legume preparations commonly consumed (1.C.A.R) Dr.P.Pushpamma and Dr.P.Geervani
  • Intake of legumes and vegetables and losses of certain nutrients in commonly consumed recipes of vegetable and legumes in A.P. (I.F.S.) Dr.P.Pushpamma, Dr.P.Geervani, Dr V.Vimala and Dr P.V.Mrudula Kalpalathika,
  • Development of suitable nutrition education material for adult Women and adult education Centres. (Directorate of Adult Education, Govt. of A.P.) Dr.K.Chittemma Rao
  • Development, testing and popularization of soyabean products which can be blended with cereal and legume preparations (Ministry of Food & Civil Supplies, Govt. of India) Dr. P. Geeravani & Dr K.Krishna Kumari
  • Tribal area research -Training tribal women for income generation (I.C.A.R.) Dr G.Sarojini, Dr V.Vimala and Dr D.Sharada

Funded by International Agencies

  • Rural creeches - Its Impact on Physical, mental & Social Development of Children (CARE, Indo Dutch Project) Ms.Yasodha Devi & Dr. P.Pushpamma
  • Qualitative and quantitative changes in red gram, sorghum, bajra and groundnuts grown and stored in different agro-climatic areas of AP (Ford Foundation Dr.P.Pushpamma
  • Evaluation of health and nutritional profile of tribals in East Godavari ditrict of A.P. (U.N.I.C.E.F.)Dr.P.Pushpamma and Dr.K.Chittemma Rao Effect of processing on nutritive value of selected varieties of groundnuts grown in A.P. (FordFoundation)Dr.P.Geervani
  • Utilization of protein of sorghum products (Ford Foundation) Dr.P.Pushpamma
  • Nutritional quality of vegetable legumes grown in A. P. (Ford Foundation) Dr.P.Pushpamma
  • Stimulating rural women towards better utilization of locally available foods - Phase 1: (I.D.R.C.) Dr. P.Pushpamma
  • Stimulating rural women towards better utilization of locally available foods - Phase 2: (I.D.R.C.) Dr. K.Chittemma Rao

1988 - 2000

Funded by University

  • Operational feasibility of introducing Red palm oil into the supplementary feeding programme in urban ICDS centers (A.P. Agricultural University) Dr. Vijaya Khader, Dr. K. Aruna, Dr. G. Sarojini Devi, Dr. P. Yashoda Devi and Dr. R. Manorama.
  • Formulation of Ready to make cake and doughnut mixes (ANGRAU) Dr Vijaya Khader, Dr Sarojini and Dr. Lakshmi devi

Funded by National Agencies

  • Relationship between workload and income of women to the health and nutritional status and practices of the family (I.C.M.R.) Dr. P.Pushpamma and Dr. K.Chittemma Rao
  • Identification of factors underlying the differences between normal and malnourished children (Ministry of H.R.D.) Dr.P. Geeravani and Dr.P.Yashoda Devi
  • Development of training curriculum to prevent post harvest loss (C.I.R.D.A.P.) Dr V.Vimala
  • Supervision and monitoring of creeches of ailing and working women's children (I.C.A.R.) Dr. Vijaya Khader.
  • Studying the impact of modernization in agriculture on women with special reference to rice farming systems (I.C.A.R.)Dr. Vijaya Khader
  • An Innovative approach of Community Organisation for Nutrition & Health care of deprived communities (Ministry of H.R.D.) Dr. P. Geeravani and Dr.P.Yashoda Devi
  • Low Income household response towards subsidised infant food in urban and tribal areas of AP (I.C.A.R). Dr.P.Geervani
  • Standardisation of nutrition education material for different target groups (I.C.A.R.)Dr. K.Chittemma Rao
  • Nutritional status for pre-school children urban & rural areas of Guntur district (I.C.A.R.)Dr. Vijaya Khader
  • Watershed development research in foods and nutrition (Govt. of A.P. AICRP on H. Sc)
  • Stability of carotenes and tocopherols in products prepared with red palm oil blends (I.C.M.R.)Dr. G.Sarojini
  • Purification of palm carotene extracts from red palm oil and evaluation of their stability and vitamin A potency (I.C.A.R.)Dr.R.Manorama
  • Strengthening the developmental aspects of children in deprived communities through I.C.D.S. programme (I.C.A.R.) Dr. P. Yashoda Devi, Dr.Romala Rayalu and Dr.S.Ratna Kumari
  • Effects of physical work on riboflavin requirements of Indian women (I.C.A.R.) Dr D. Sharada and Dr V. Vimala.
  • Measurement of work performance of anaemic adolescent girls in rural A.P. before and after iron supplementation (I.C.D.B.) Dr.D.Sharada and Dr.V.Vimala
  • Operational research on therapeutic foods assisted by World Bank (I.C.A.R.)Department
  • Nutrition & health education for adolescent girls in urban slums of Hyderabad (IPP/VII Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad) Dr.Kamini Devi and Dr.M.Uma reddy
  • Effect of processing on aflatoxin reduction in food products based on food grains (I.C.A.R.) Dr.M.Uma Reddy and Dr.R.Manorama
  • Effect of feeding grain amaranth and red palm oil to hens on cholesterol level of eggs (I.C.A.R.) Dr.C.Anurag Chaturvedi and Dr.J.M.Reddy,
  • Home based low cost energy protein rich preparations using horsegram for vulnerable groups (I.C.A.R.) Dr. Vijaya Khader
  • Screening of forest foods consumed by tribals for b-carotene content (I.C.A.R.) Dr.P.Rajya Lakshmi and Dr.R.Manorama Funded by International Agencies
  • Strengthening PG education in foods and nutrition and child development in Agricultural Universities (U.N.D.P./ F.A.O)Department
  • Rural food enterprises for production of low cost supplementary foods using millets and legumes (I.D.R.C.)Dr. P. Geeravani and Dr V.Vimala
  • Development of Alternative Indicators of Food & Nutrition Security (IFPRI, ICRISAT & ANGRAU) Dr.Kim Chang, Dr.L.Haddad and Dr.P.Yasoda Devi
  • Therapeutic food supplementation to rural & tribal children of ICDS scheme of Andhra Pradesh state (World Bank)Dr. P. Yashoda Devi, Dr. Vijaya Khader and Dr.S.Renuka.

2001 - 2006

Title : Development of Nectars and nectar blends with fruits available in A.P

Principal Investigator: Dr. K. Aruna hs4.jpg
Co-Investigators: Dr. V. Vimala & Dr. Dhanalakshmi
Funding Agency: Indian Council of Agricultural Research New Delhi
Duration: 2 years (1999-'01)
Budget: Rs.15,33,750/-


General :

To develop nectar with selected seasonal fruits (Papaya, Guava, Custard apple etc.) and fruit blends available in Andhra Pradesh and to study the keeping quality of the developed products.

Specific :

  • To develop nectars from selected fruits (Papaya, Guava, Custard apple etc.) available locally
  • To develop' nectar from fruit blends (Papaya, Guava, Custard apple etc.)
  • To develop fruit pulps and powders from fruits available locally (Papaya, Guava, Custard apple etc.) and to use further in the preparation of nectars
  • To study the keeping quality of developed nectars
  • To test the consumer acceptability of nectars through sale outlets


Ten pulpy fruits - Amla (small), Apple, Banana, Guava, Musk melon, Mango (Banesha), Mango (Raw), Papaya, Pomegranate, Sapota and 6 juicy fruits - Black grapes, Green grapes, Mango (Rasalu), Orange, Pineapple and Watermelon available in Andhra Pradesh were used without or with blending in combination of juicy-juicy, juicy-pulpy and pulpy-pulpy. Thus developed 16 nectars and 127 nectar blends. Five flavours namely plain, cardamom, ginger, mint and cumin were accepted as flavouring agents. Out of total 715 nectars developed 80 nectars and 635 nectar blends consisted natural flavours. Trained panel members evaluated the developed nectars and 16 nectars / blends were selected. Amla with Papaya and Mango (Rasalu), Banana with Mango (Baneshan) and Water melon, Guava with Pine apple, Mango (Baneshan), Mango (Rasalu) and Mango (Raw), Mango (Raw) and with black grapes, Mango (Rasalu), Mango (Baneshan) and with Mango (Rasalu) and green grape, Papaya with Pine apple, Pine apple and water melon were finally selected as the best ones, among the developed.

Title :

Studies on Fisherwomen in Coastal Ecosystem of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu

Principal Investigator: Dr. Vijaya Khader
CCPI : Mr. K. Dhanapal, A.P. Dr. J. Lakshmi, A.P. Dr. R. Narayana Kumar, A.P. Dr. R. Sathidas, Dr. Femina, Kerala. Mr. N.S. Sudhakara, Karnataka. Dr. H. Mohammad Kasim, Tamilnadu
Funding Agency: N. A. T. P., World bank
Duration: 2 years (June 2001 - Dec 2003)
Budget: Rs. 54 lakhs

Objectives :

  • To study the nutritional status of fisher women in the coastal area of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamilnadu
  • Diet survey, anthropometry and clinical examination on sub- samples are conducted
  • Provision of training on alternative income generation activities which includes Mari culture practices and development of value added fishery products to the community
  • Awareness development of post harvest fishery management for the community
  • Empowerment of fisher women on natural calamity management
  • Guiding the fisher women folk to form self help groups providing ways and means for raising the capital for the ventures and information of marketing and revenue realization.


A total of 9 villages from Andhra Pradesh, 8 villages from Karnataka, 5 villages from Kerala and 6 villages from Tamil Nadu were surveyed. Most of the families (80.7%) were landless while few had (18.2%) owned land. Among the fisher families, indebtedness was found to be a serious problem (44.9%) and the majority of them obtained loans from non-institutional sources (78.9%) with high interest (25%). It was found that consumption of micronutrients was more in Kerala. It was observed that 2.9% of women were severely malnourished, 10.5% were mildly malnourished, 17.1% were low normal and 49.4% were normal. Prevalence of Anaemia was very high. Their awareness about hygiene and sanitation was poor and they required training in improved practices. Training programmes were conducted for income generation. Educational material were also developed. Received two patents for equipment developed - Low cost ice cream machine and Compact table for fisher women.

Title :

Effect of irradiation on quality parameters. Shelf life and acceptability of selected commonly consumed foods in Andhra Pradesh.

Principal Investigator: Dr. C. Anurag Cheturvedi
Funding Agency: Board of Research in Nuclear Sciences, Department of Atomic Energy. Govt. of India, New Delhi.
Duration: 3 years (2002- 2005)

Rs.38.39 lakhs

Objectives :

General :

To study the effect of irradiation on quality parameters. Shelf life and acceptability of selected commonly consumed foods in Andhra Pradesh.

Specific :

  • To select and carry out baseline study of quality parameters bothupon arrival and during storage of the foods.
  • To study the amenability of the above foods to radiation processing and standardization of irradiation protocols.
  • To study the quality and sensory attributes of irradiated and non-irradiated control samples during storage.
  • To make recommendation for approval of radiation processing and publication of data.

Results Achieved so far:

The results indicate that radiation processing improved the microbiological quality of foods. However, while total bacterial Count reduced with the increase in the dose of radiation, no such effect could be obtained in case of fungus. The different genus of fungus identified were Aspergillus and Rhizopus in millets, oilseeds and dry fruits, Aspergillus in mango bar and papad, penicillium in tamarind and Fusaruim in coriander seeds.Vitamin E content decreased with increase in the radiation dose. Free fatty acids in oilseeds decreased on radiation. However, increase in the radiation dose did not have any effect on FFA content. Radiation resulted in slight variation in the Sensory scores of control and radiation treated samples. A colour change was observed in dried figs and tamarind on storage.

Title :

Promotion of perennial GLVs through peoples' intervention

Principal Investigator: Dr. P. Rajyalakshmi
Co-Investigators : Dr. CH. Venugopal Reddy
Funding Agency: Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi
Duration: 1-3-2003 to 1-3-2006 (3 years)

Rs. 11,97,504/-

Objectives :

General :

To promote perennial GLVs through peoples intervention

Specific :

  • To find the feasibility of cultivation and multiplication of seed material of the edible forest
  • GLVs to the agroclimatic conditions of experimental area
  • To promote cultivation and multiplication of potential seed material by distribution to farmers/households in the selected mandals of Ranga Reddy district
  • To develop recipes/products for preservation using the GLVs
  • To study bio-availabillity of beta carotene from the selected culinary recipes prepared with GLVs
  • To popularize consumption of the GLVs in and around the area of study

Summary :

Baseline Survey was conducted in the selected three mandals namely Samshabad, Moinabad and Chevella of Ranga Reddy district. Information pertaining to GLV crops grown, cultivation, consumption, and attitudes of the farmers pertaining to the cultivation of new GLV crops was collected. Experimental trials were conducted at the University college farm to study the feasibility of cultivation of forest GLVs procured from the agency areas. Based on the results 7 perennials and 2 annuals were selected for promotion. Nutrient analysis and Development of recipes were carried out. Education material was developed to create awareness and promotion of consumption of the selected GLVs in and around the study area.


Title :

To study the effect of feeding malted food on the nutritional status of vulnerable groups

Principal Investigator: Dr. Vijaya Khader & Dr. Uma Maheswari
Funding Agency: Directorate of Biotechnology, New Delhi
Duration: 2 Years (2005-'07)

Rs. 10,01,420/-

Objectives :

To study the effect of feeding malted food on the nutritional status of vulnerable group of population.

Results achieved so far :

Amylase rich foods(ARF) were developed using, malted ragi, wheat & greengram and suitable products were also developed using ARF mixes and were subjected to sensory evaluation. The products developed were ragi laddu, wheat laddu, ragi porridge and roti with wheat mix. All the prepared products were well accepted by the panel members. Further plan of work is under progress.

Title :

Biotechnology for Nutritional Improvement -Popularization of Sorghum Enterprises for Income Generation and Nutrition

Principal Investigator : Dr V. Vimala, Dr. Kamini Devi, Dr. S. Shobha, Ms.Kanwaljit kaur
Funding? Agency : A P Netherlands Biotechnology Programme, Hyderabad
Duration : 2.5 Years (2005-'07)
Budget : Rs.36 lakhs

Objectives :

To formulate appropriate enterprises and marketing strategies
To elaborate appropriate technical and management systems for establishing small scale sorghum processing enterprises in rural Andhra Pradesh
To develop and popularize the use of fermented sorghum based products

Results Achieved So Far :

The project is planned with dehulling technology forming the key component. Women groups representing sorghum-growing areas will be trained in product development and establishment of enterprise. Ten enterprises will be developed in sorghum growing areas for value addition to sorghum and for economic benefit and nutritional upliftment of women and children in the target areas. Fermented sorghum based products will be developed and popularize the project is in progress.


Title :

Assessment of Early Childhood Education in Janshala programme in Hyderabad, Krishna and East Godavari Districts of Andhra Pradesh

Project advisor : Dr. (Mrs.) T R Rayalu

Project No Location Principal Investigators Co-Investigator
1. Hyderabad Dr. S. Ratna Kumari Dr. Nasreen Banu
2. Krishna Dist Dr. L.Uma Devi Mrs. C.Ratna Prabha
3. East Godavari Dist. Dr. M. Sarada Devi Dr. L. Uma Devi

Funding Agency : Department of Education, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh

Duration : 6 months (July to Dec.,2004)

Budget : Rs.6,60,000/-


  • To study the perceptions of ECE workers on the need and importance of early childhood education .
  • To study the effectiveness of early childhood training on teacher's performance.
  • To study the effectiveness of monitoring systems under Janshala programme
  • To study the effectiveness of readiness programme in 1st class children

Summary :

ECE teachers strongly agreed that ECE centres strengthen and motivate school readiness in children. All teachers felt that ECE programme promotes all round development of children. Teachers felt that the ECE training was very effective in planning and implementation of ECE activities. Favourable perceptions of ECE teachers increase effectiveness of ECE programmes. Training in ECE component increased the competencies of teachers there by increasing the children's performance. Regular monitoring of ECE centres resulted in efficient functioning of ECE centres. Implementation of school readiness programme enhanced the performance ofchildren in 1st grade.


Title : Energy Requirements in Agricultural Sector

Principal Investigator: Mrs. Gita Dendukuri
Funding Agency: Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi
Duration: 10 Years (20 January 1981 - 31sy March 1991)

Objectives :

  • To Carry out energy audit of crop production, livestock husbandry, post-harvest activities and rural living on area basis
  • To carry out in-depth studies in energy of different occupations and identify wasteful uses of energy
  • To develop energy-efficient farm power machinery packages and management practices which reduce dependence on commercial energies supplementing and substituting with alternative energy sources in production agriculture at different levels of productivity with least energy input cost, post-harvest activities and rural living.
  • To field try recommendations for verification and demonstration for benefit of potential users
  • To disseminate information regarding energy management in agriculture


Title of the scheme Period Investigators Funding Agency
Consumer Preferences & Problems with Handloom Textiles of A. P 1.7.90 - 30.6.93 Dr. R.Vatsala

Title : Computer aided apparel designing

Principal Investigator: Dr. Mary Jacob and Mrs D. Anitha
Funding Agency: Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi
Duration: 2.5 Years (01.01.2001-30.06.2003)
Budget: Rs. 12, 03, 640/-

Objectives :

  • To develop patterns
  • To develop CAD Manual
  • To develop patterns library


About 80 basic patterns suitable for various dress styles (bodies slope's, sleeves, skirts, collars, pants, pockets, etc) were created in a standard size i.e., 34" and were graded to other sizes ranging from 32' - 40". A training manual of the software was developed after practically working out. A library of the ready-to-use patterns was prepared. The patterns available in the apparel library were of actual size, which can be directly printed through a plotter and tried for fit. This pattern library will be of great use for all those working with the software, which is provided in compact disc along with the manual. Also, developed 30 CAD Teaching Manuals of worth Rs. 1500/- each along with a CD for sale.


Future research of home science requires attention to the following prioritized areas. These areas are identified and listed based on changing world scenario and are also considering need of Indian population.


  • Interventions for Community health and nutrition improvement and food systems in Calamities
  • Post harvest technologies : Food processing, Shelf life improvement and eco friendly food additives
  • Eco friendly Packaging and Labeling
  • Toxicants, Adulterants, Safety and Quality of food
  • Health foods, Designed foods and Specialty foods
  • Commercialization of traditional foods
  • Rapid methods of estimation of community parameters and detection of physico- chemical characteristics, sensory and microbiological qualities
  • Computerized software for addressing Food and Nutrition demands


  • Early childhood education
  • Women's issues related to family and social participation
  • Management of children with special needs
  • Dynamics of family living


  • Consumer education
  • Dynamics of management
  • Ergonomic studies
  • Space management


  • Functional clothing
  • Eco-friendly value addition to agro & animal waste
  • Smart textiles
  • Software development


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