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Dr. Manjeet Chinnan, a Professor of Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia


NRI Professor, Guru in food technology gifted $100,000 to PAU
for food technology research


Ludhiana, Nov. 19, 2007
Lachman Singh

NRI, Dr. Manjit Singh Chinnan, who is a Professor of Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia, Graffin, USA present a a cheque of $10,000 to the VC, Prof M S Kang, a part payment of $100,000 spread over in ten years.

Dr Manjit Chinnan got his BSc in Agricultural Engineering in 1965. Professor Manjeet is the 2007 recipient of the Bor S. Luh International Award. The award recognizes outstanding efforts to promote the international exchange of ideas in the field of food technology. He wants this money, “to be spent on food technology.”

Dr Lata Mahajan Chinnan, his wife did her MSc in Biochemistry from PAU in 1969. She was a hockey player herself. She has been a member of India’s National Hockey Team and represented India at the 1974 Women’s World Cup in France. PAU had established the Lata Mahajan Medal for Best Women Athlete in 1991. She wants something to be done in the field of sports with some part of the money.

Dr Chinnan said, “PAU played a great role in shaping our status and careers. It is only due to the education we got at PAU that made us be what we are today. Now it is our duty to do something in return for the institute that gave us so much.”

His wife Lata Chinnan said, “The time we spent at PAU is the best time of our lives. The kind of education that we received here has helped us settle easily on the foreign shores. Back in US, the alumni contribute a great deal to their universities in terms of financial and other support.”

Vice-Chancellor Dr Kang thanked Dr Chinnan for their philanthropic effort in rendering support to PAU for excellence in the field of academics and sports. The funding support by NRIs could be a great help to PAU that has earmarked priority agenda for agricultural development in the state.

Dr. Chinnan has been involved in USAID Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP) projects since 1982. He lead a 1987 Peanut CRSP project which led to improved dehydration systems in Belize and Jamaica and reduced the risk of aflatoxin contamination in peanuts and corn.

From 1992 to 1996 he served as Co-Principal Investigator of a Southeast Asia USAID project that focused on the interface in research and development efforts between production agriculture and peanut utilization. In West Africa, Chinnan’s work significantly improved the processing of black-eyed peas (cowpeas) in Ghana and Nigeria.

One particular project introduced a village-scale technology for producing cowpea flour that minimizes the amount of time it takes to prepare cowpea paste, the principal ingredient in popular foods like akara and moin-moin.

Chinnan is Principal Investigator of a six-year project in Bulgaria supported by an over $700,000 USAID grant. Chinnan’s leadership of this project resulted in the signing of two agreements. The first is between the University of Georgia and the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and established a public-private enterprise for processing of value-added peanut products for consumers in the Balkan region. The second established the Food Research and Development Center for Southern and Eastern Europe.

These two entities will have an enormous impact in the area of research and development and marketing of new food products not only in Bulgaria, but also in the Balkan region and beyond. In addition to his international research efforts, Chinnan has served as the major professor for 20 graduate students from China, Ghana, Greece, India, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Poland, Taiwan and Thailand.



Dr. Manjeet Chinnan, a Professor of Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia, Graffin, USA

  • The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, Punjab is one of the State Agricultural Universities in India. It was established in 1962 and is the oldest agricultural university in India after GBPUA&T, Pantnagar. It has a international reputation for excellence in agriculture due the level of awards it has won and achievements made throughout its history, particularly during India's Green revolution. It pioneered the Green Revoulution in India in 1960s and is considered as one of the best agricultural universities in Asia. It was bifurcated in 2005 with the formation of Guru Angad Dev veterinary and Animal Sciences University. The reputed Vice-Chancellor Dr.KS Aulakh has recently resigned under dramatic situations with alleged political pressures by the state government which were "against the welfare of university".