The Akshaya Patra Research Lab

Policymaking and advocacy for children's food security, community participation, malnutrition eradication

The Akshaya Patra Research Lab is a partnership between The Akshaya Patra Foundation and the Indian Institute of Science to research in the areas of children food security, community participation, elimination of malnutrition, food security policy development and advocacy.

The Akshaya Patra Foundation has been effortless working towards providing nutritious food in the last 18 years. Being the implementing partner of the government of India’s school lunch programme, the organization has been instrumental in reforming policies pertaining to the scheme, improving the nutritional value for the beneficiaries under the programme. The programme has direct impact on the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7, which are also the priority of the Government of India. As the Foundation scales in the nutrition and food security space, the focus on research is imperative. In partnership with the academic strength of the Indian Institute of Science, the Foundation aims to develop a knowledge epicenter with think tanks consisting of economists, philanthropists, research scientists, government officials and global institutes for building its efforts towards global advocacy and ending class room hunger and malnutrition.

"The Akshaya Patra Research Lab is a partnership between The Akshaya Patra Foundation and the Indian Institute of Science dedicated to children's food security policy development and advocacy."
Mr. Anant Arora
Senior Director The Akshaya Patra Foundation

Team Members

Prof. Anjula Gurtoo
Professor in Public Policy,
Indian Institute of Science, India
Dr. Shashi Jain
Assistant Professor,
Indian Institute of Science, India
Mr. Adil Yousuf
PhD Scholar at Dept of Management Studies,
Indian Institute of Science, India
Ms. Bita Afsharinia
PhD Scholar at Dept of Management Studies,
Indian Institute of Science, India
Ms. Darsana Prakash
Project Associate,
Indian Institute of Science, India

Publications

Bita Afsharinia, Anjula Gurtoo, Anant Arora and Vinay Kumar C. (2021). Impact of Maternal Conditions on The Nutritional Health of Children in India. Biomedical Journal of Scientific & Technical Research (BJSTR). [Full text

Deepika Swami, Anjula Gurtoo, Vinay Kumar C, Anant Arora. (2021). Evaluation of School Feeding Programs Across Countries: A Review of Literature. September 01, 2021. [Full text

Deepika Swami, Anjula Gurtoo, Vinay Kumar C, Anant Arora. (2021). A Comprehensive Review of School Feeding Programs Across Eleven Countries. August 28, 2021. [Full text

Gurtoo, A., Sharma, N., and Swami. D. (2020). Why Reviving Midday Meals Is A Must. Outlook Poshan, September 17th, 2020. [Full text]

Swami, D and Gurtoo, A. (2020). Criticality of Midday Meals for School Children Post COVID-19. IISc-CSP, Bangalore. 01C/06/2020. https://csp.iisc.ac.in/01C-06-2020/. [Full text]

Swami, D., Gurtoo, A., and Afsharia, B. 2020. A Report on Impact of Nutrition through Mid Day Meals: Building a Comprehensive Assessment Model. IISc-Centre for Society and Policy.

News & Events

The Akshay Patra Research Laboratory commissioned at the Centre for Society and Policy, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore in association with The Akshay Patra Foundation.

Financial Support

The project The Akshaya Patra Research Laboratory (TAPRL) is initiated by The Akshaya Patra Foundation. The Foundation is a non-profit organisation, established in 2000, in India that runs school lunch programme across India.

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