FLAME in the news | April 22, 2021

 In keeping with the pioneering spirit of liberal education at FLAME University, a team of undergraduate students have created an open-access archive of community cookbooks from across India. The ‘Indian Community Cookbook Project’ archive contains digitized multilingual, region-specific community cookbooks that include handwritten and printed recipes across Indian languages. Further, it also utilizes cultural mapping tools to critically engage with questions of inclusion and exclusion of communities in cookbooks be it a the temporal evolution of culinary histories (Bengali, Ango-Indian, Tamilian, and Goan communities so far) or a spatial map of contemporary Indian cookbooks plotted across India. The project works towards being an inclusive, open-access archive.

Ananya Pujary, Khushi Gupta and Muskaan Pal of FLAME University created the ‘Indian Community Cookbook Project’ under the guidance of Dr. Maya Dodd as a part of their Digital Humanities course.  The project continues to grow as they solicit more contributions via their social media handles on Twitter (@CookbooksIndian) and Instagram (@indiancommunitycookbooks).

They presented their project at the 6th Oral History Association of India conference, which was held in early March 2021 in collaboration with the Department of Humanities at FLAME.  In keeping with the growing conversation around digital archives, they also presented this work at Lancaster University’s Digital Heritage Initiative, an international workshop, in March as well.

According to Dr. Maya Dodd, “This project, along with others created by undergraduate students in Digital Humanities courses, will significantly add to the growing awareness of the cultural history of India. This project demonstrates how student efforts can really build up spaces for digital public history.”

Dr. Dishan Kamdar, Vice Chancellor, FLAME University said, “This is a tremendous effort executed perfectly by the young group of students. This cookbook is a treasure trove that will help preserve the rich culinary learnings which have been passed on from generations to future generations to come. It will provide ease in accessibility to such great resources which otherwise would be a great hassle to access individually.”

ut FLAME University 

FLAME University is the pioneer of liberal education in India, delivering the country's premier interdisciplinary education experience. It is driven to being one of India's most respected and reputed centres of learning - the premier destination of choice for higher education in the nation for learners and teachers, to push the design and nature of studies and to create a societal up-gradation phenomenon, particularly in the fields of liberal education and leadership.

FLAME has been set up with an idealistic vision and a social commitment to contribute to society nobly. FLAME grooms students who have a strong desire to learn and grow continually, welcome new ideas, value diversity with a desire to succeed and give their best towards excellence in all spheres of life. Its curriculum includes perspective building, skills, and competencies for communication, problem-solving skills, creativity, innovation, teamwork, and ethics that also meet the needs of the country's diverse sectors and beyond.

With more than 100 quality full-time faculty members, the university offers an unparalleled educational experience. The student-teacher ratio is 10:1, unmatched at the higher education level in India. Spread on 60 acres of green expanse with aesthetically designed infrastructure, and the campus currently consists of four schools: FLAME School of Liberal Education, FLAME School of Business, FLAME School of Communication, and FLAME School of Fine & Performing Arts.

FLAME University has been established as a state private university vide the FLAME University Act 2014 (Maharashtra Act No. II of 2015) of the Government of Maharashtra. It is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 2(f), and degrees awarded by the University are recognized under Section 22 of the UGC Act, 1956