HYDERABAD: Trainee civil servants from across the country showcased their culinary skills at the Dr MCR HRD Institute in the city on Saturday.
They also had to demonstrate their marketing skills as ‘salesmen and businessmen’ for the delicacies they dished out.
All this was part of their learning process at the institute.
The 121 trainee civil servants, belonging to 22 states and nine services, who are attending Special Foundation Course at Dr MCR HRD Institute, rolled out “FETE-The Utsav”, a day-long food-cum-recreation extravaganza.
All the profits that were generated would be donated to an NGO for a socially relevant cause.
The food items for sale reflected the true diversity of the batch of the trainee civil Servants.
The dishes on sale included fish curry, pongal, masala dosa — from southern zone — bamboo shoots chicken, eromba, red rice, etc. — from eastern zone — chole bhatore, lemon chicken — from northern zone — kachori churma, malpua, jal jeera — from Rajasthan — pav bhaji, Bombay masala pav, faluda – from western zone — litti chokha, champaran chicken, Banarasi paan — UP.
Harpreet Singh, DG of the institute (FAC) and principal secretary, inaugurated FETE-The Utsa, in the presence of Benhur Mahesh Dutt Ekka, ADG of the institute.
He congratulated the trainee civil servants for proving, beyond an iota of doubt, that they not only had the ability to crack the world’s toughest examination but were also endowed with multiple talents to conceptualise and execute business projects.
A civil servant attending the special foundation course and who participated in the event said, “FETE-The Utsav provided a rare opportunity for us not only to internalize the pain and pathos of small-time self-employed persons, but also to enrich our administrative acumen.”
“By coming together and helping each other in making this event a grand success, they fully understood the importance of the people-related skill, which is the mantra of success,” officials said.