Dr. Mrunalini Devi Puar

Dr. Mrunalini Devi Puar

  • Tenure:

    1988 – 2014

  • Education:

    B.Sc. Home, M.S. (Food & Nutrition), Applied Nutrition Certificate (Postgraduate) Registered Dietician, Ph.D. (Food & Nutrition)


A Basic Degree in Home Science (B.Sc. Home) n M.S. (Food & Nutrition) from Iowa State University of Science & Technology. Applied Nutrition Certificate (Postgraduate) from National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad. Registered Dietician Certificate from Indian Dietetic Association. Ph.D. (Food & Nutrition) from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. She knows English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, and Sanskrit. Award and citation of 'Outstanding Chancellor' at World Chancellors' and Vice Chancellors' Congress, Mumbai held in 2014. More than 107 countries participated in this Congress. Smt. Itchagauri Naik Gold Medal - First class first in B.Sc. (Home) The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Merit Scholarships for standing first in all eight undergraduate semester examinations. Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (Gujarat Branch) Merit Certification Mary Hunter Scholar Of the P.E.O Sisterhood, U.S.A. P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship for postgraduate studies at Iowa State University of Science & Technology, U.S.A. Senior Research Fellowship, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi. Membership by Invitation: 1. SIGMA XI - The Scientific Research Society of North American 2. IOTA SIGMA PI - The National Chemical Honor Society for Women, U.S.A. Outstanding Woman Achiever Award of the All-Indian Management Association. First woman Chancellor of the Recognized Indian University with more than 35000 students. Conferred 'Associateship' of the Nutrition foundation Of India, New Delhi. Food and Nutrition Department, The M. S. University of Baroda 'Alumni Achievement Award' TEACHING AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: More than 12 years of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses in nutrition, food science, biochemistry, physiology, statistics and research methods and guiding research of postgraduates’ students. As a Senior Research Fellow of the Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi. She researched on "Trace Element Availability of Indian Diets" at the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad (1976-1982). She has conducted several communities and experimental (laboratory) research projects and surveys in nutrition, dietetics, education, food habits, family welfare, culture, etc. some of which were sponsored by the International Federation for Home Economics, the Nutrition Foundation of India, University Grants Commission, Indian Council of Medical Research and other national/governmental agencies, NGOs, and industries. PROFESSIONAL & WORK EXPERIENCE: Served As: Member of the Commission on Education and Training, the International Union for Conservation of Nature & Natural Resources (IUCNNR), Switzerland Chairperson, Food & Nutrition Programme Committee, International Federation for Home Economics (IFHM), France. Member of the: 1. Steering group on Nutrition, Planning Commission, Government of India. 2. Governing Body, Institute of Home Economics, New Delhi. Currently A Member of the: Advisory Committee for Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi. Food and Nutrition Council, Government of India. Governing Body, Nutrition Foundation of India, New Delhi. Faculty Board of Home Science, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. Programme Committee on Women & Families in Development, IFHE, Paris, France. Trustee, Gopalan Oration Trust, Hyderabad. She is also currently serving as an Expert on the Board of Studies (Foods & Nutrition and Home Science) of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, and on the Selection Committees for appointment of University Teachers and Ph.D. supervisors at Nagpur and Amravati Universities. Dietetic Counselor to Shree Maharani Shantadevi Trust, Vadodara, and the Diabetes Association of Baroda. PUBLICATIONS: She has published several research and popular articles in national and International Journals of repute. Contributed a recipe to the "Family Favorites", Celebrity Cookbook published by the Vienna NGO Committee on the Family in cooperation with the UN Secretariat for the International Year of the Family, Vienna, 1994.