Ph.D, MPhil

Dr. P. R. Janci Rani currently serving as an Assistant Professor (SG) in the Department of Sciences at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham. She obtained her under graduate and post graduate degree from Bharathiyar University. She completed her M.Phil and Ph. D., from Avinashilingam Institute for Women, at Coimbatore, India. She joined the Amrita fraternity in 2001 and had been serving the University sharing administration, academic and research responsibilities. Her research areas include community nutrition & public health, pre- and post-natal nutrition, Functional Foods, Food Product Development and Food Service Management.

Amrita Food Science and Research Lab

Awards and Recognition

  • Empanelled National Resource Person (NRP-Thrust Area-FNHW) by National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD) & National Rural livelihood Mission (NRLM) to Ministry of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (MoRD & PR) (2016-till date)
  • Appointed UNICEF Roster Nutrition Consultant - 2018-2022
  • Excellence in Research Award - 2017 – Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
  • Recipient of Young Scientist Award - Sagarmal Goenaka award by Indian Dietetic Association in 2009.
  • Member, Nutrition Society of India, Indian Dietetic Association
  • Member - Food Technologist Association of India

Funded Project

Duration of Project Sponsor
& Status
Title of the Project Grant Amount in INR Investigators
3 years
2019 - 22
On Going
"Enhancement of Livelihood for Scheduled Caste households through an ICT enabled Integrated Rural Nutrition Centre in Madukkarai block of Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu” ₹ 41,40,932/- Ref.no DST/SEED/SCSP/STI/2019/64
Dr. P. R. Janci Rani – PI
Dr. Tharanidevi.N-CO PI
Dr. Vidya Balasubramaniam-CO PI
Dr. Rajathilagam.B-CO PI
Dr. Dhanya .N.M-CO PI

2 years
2021 - 2023
Mo Tribal Welfare
On Going
Effect of good synergistic nutritious food on the micronutrient status of mother and children for 1000-day care ₹ 19, 89, 481/- Ref.no 17014/01/2021
Dr. P. R. Janci Rani – PI

Dr.Tharanidevi.N-CO PI
1 ½ years
2019 - 2021
Mo Tribal Welfare
On Going
Awareness on micronutrient deficiencies for tribal women of Coimbatore district ₹ 9,75,000/- Ref.no 17014/01/2018
Dr. P. R. Janci Rani – PI

Dr.Tharanidevi.N-CO PI
3 yrs
2016 - 19

"Promoting a Model for Skill Development, Capacity Building and Food Processing among Irular Tribes of Madukkarai Block, Coimbatore District”. ₹ 23,75,000/- Ref.no: DST-NRDMS-PMSDCBFP/SCI/C/112/2016
Dr. P. R. Janci Rani – PI
Dr. Tharanidevi.N-CO PI
Dr. Nagalingam-CO PI
Dr. Rajathilagam.B-CO PI

Courses Taught

UG Courses

  • 19HUM244-Understanding Science of Food and Nutrition
  • 19HUM234- Health and Lifestyle 
  • 18CHY335-Introduction to Food Chemistry

PG/PhD Courses

  • SS842-Principles of Food and Nutrition
  • SS845-Advanced Food Chemistry
  • SS841-Food Processing and Preservation Technology
  • HU801-Nutritional Approach to Holistic Health


Publication Type: Journal Article

Year of Publication Title


Dr. Janci Rani P. R., Dr. N. Tharani Devi, N., K. Krishna, and S., S. Sunder, “Nutrient analysis of underutilised indigenous weeds in Coimbatore”, International Journal of Current Research, vol. Vol. 11, no. Issue 11, pp. pp.8277-8281, 2019.[Abstract]

Certain plants, intentionally grown in gardens and other cultivated settings are termed as “weeds”. Certain weeds have very good potential nutrients which are essential for human needs. Some plants were still considered as leafy vegetables in certain tribal and rural areas with or without the nutritional knowledge behind it. In this study, five such edible weeds like Alternanthera sessilis, Coccinia grandis, Acalypha indica, Boerhavia diffusa and Digera Arvensis were selected and analyzed for key nutrients like Vitamin C, Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron and Fiber. In general, elemental contents were found in varying amounts with different ranges. Many of these elements are bio-available in natural form in combination with organic constituents and are easily assimilated by human bodies.

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Dr. N. Tharani Devi, Dr. Janci Rani P. R., Theivaprakasham, H., Arumugam, S., and R, N., “Estimation of Micronutrients in Vitex negundo L. (Karunochi) Leaves”, FoodSci: Indian Journal of Research in Food Science and Nutrition, vol. 3, pp. 13-17, 2016.[Abstract]

The genus Vitex includes many species from tropical and also from temperate areas. Among these species, Vitex negundo possess analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, hepatoprotective, antihistamine and anti-asthmatic properties. In the present study, analysis of crude fiber and estimation of certain minerals like calcium, iron, vitamin C and phosphorous were carried out on tender, mature and dry leaves of Vitex negundo (Karunochi). The results of the nutrient estimation indicates that dry leaves of Vitex negundo is an excellent source of calcium (15.214g), phosphorous (1.870 g), iron (16.48 mg), vitamin C (21.4 mg) and fiber (14.6 gm) when compared to tender and mature leaves.

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Dr. Janci Rani P. R., Dr. N. Tharani Devi, R., S., and B., P., “Knowledge, Attitude and Practices on Pregnancy and Post-Partum Care among Rural and Tribal Women”, FoodSci: Indian Journal of Research in Food Science and Nutrition, vol. 2, p. 10, 2015.


Dr. Janci Rani P. R. and K.R, K., “Evaluation of Protein content and formulation of new recipes (Groundnut, coconut and sesame deoiled meal flour)”, 39th annual national convention proceeding of Indian Dietetic Association, 2010.


Dr. Janci Rani P. R. and S, S. K., “Interdependence among nutritional status, Body Mass Index and Lifestyle”, Journal of Food, nutrition and Dietetics, vol. 6(1), vol., pp. 10-13, 2009.

Publication Type: Conference Proceedings

Year of Publication Title


Kirthika P., Dr. Janci Rani P. R., and Dr. N. Tharani Devi, “Micro model food processing incubator: A sustainable solution for rural and tribal livelihood”, IEEE - Technological Innovations in ICT for Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Information technology, Eswari college of Engineering, Chennai. 2018.


Dr. Janci Rani P. R. and Dr. N. Tharani Devi, “Nutraceutical potentials of Synergic Foods: An overview”, 60th International conference on Innovation for next generation, Pondicherry . 2018.


Dr. Janci Rani P. R. and Sarojini, K. S., “Value addition of fermented cereal foods (Bread, Idli, Dosa) with dry Moringa leaf powder, National Seminar on recent Advances in the development of fermented foods”, Centre of food Science and Technology, Varanasi. pp. Pp. 89-90, 2011.


Dr. Janci Rani P. R. and Mani, B., “Impact of Modification of Institutionalized foods”, 38th National Annual conference of NSI-Nutrition Society of India held at Kolkota . pp. 5-7th, 2007.

Invited Talk

  • National Resource Person (NRP) for conducting “Training on Covid-19 Vaccine, Covid-19 Appropriate Behaviors, Health Seeking Behavior and Immunity Building” for SRLMS-State Rural Livelihood Mission staff (Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, West Bengal, Jharkhand) through the National Rural Livelihood Mission, 9 & 12th April 2021.
  • Training for Trainers (ToT) for Community Resource Person on Food Nutrition and Health WASH (FNHW) integration into state- Karnataka & Tamilnadu Self Help Group women organization, August-2020.
  • Resource Person to Nehru Institution, to address on the topic “Nutrition for a holistic living”, on 20th Oct 2020.
  • Resource Person to Narayana Guru Institution, to address on the topic “Nutrition for a holistic living”, on 12th July 2019.
  • Panel Head for FNHW National Workshop for integrating FNHW interventions into the State SRLMS-Kranataka & Tamil Nadu on 24th 25, 26th June 2019.
  • Resource person to a seminar on “Proposal Writing for Science and Technology Fields”, at Narayana guru Institution in the Month of April 2019.
  • Resource Person for DST Training -Research for Societal good through Social Responsibility Scientist in which presented a session on “Food, Nutrition and Health Wash (FNHW) initiatives for societal good– Indian perspective” at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, on 19th Feb 2019.
  • Training on Menstrual hygiene and usage of Non disposable banana fibre napkins for sustainable living”- Anju Bist & Dr.Janci- Resource person- Amrita Coimbatore campus faculty & staff- Jan-2019.
  • National Resource Person for State Workshop to FNHW integration to Madya Pradesh SRLM at Bhopal, June 17, 18 & 19th June 2018.
  • Resource Person for UNICEF TOT for Institutional in charges for child help line on the session “Nutrition for Children” on 24th July 2018.
  • Resource Person for UNICEF TOT for Institutional Trainers of Child care Institutions on the session “Nutrition Knowledge building for Child Care Institution Staff” on 30th August 2018.
  • As a Resource Person for training Tribal People on Eco Tourism Foods in 12-13 December, 2017 “Workshop on promoting local food preparations at eco- tourism destinations for Irular tribes”.
  • National Resource Person to a State Workshop at Chhattisgarh through NRLM -Nutri Agri Convergence 21st August 2017.