Engineers, PGs turn out dishes at exam for hostel cook jobs

The job of a cook seems to be the new leveller. From mechanical engineers to PG degree holders, the list of applicants cuts across disciplines of study. 

Monday saw the applicants demonstrating the dishes they can cook to bag the job of cooks in the hostels of the department of backward classes and minorities (BCM) in the district. A total of 3,000 candidates are vying for 72 posts of cooks and 92 posts of assistant cook for which SSLC is the prescribed qualification. A total of 178 candidates were shortlisted for the practical test.

Applicants have degrees ranging from MA, MSc, BE, BSc (Agri), BA, diploma and BEd.

Among those trying out their recipes was Shivanand Kalabanura of Raddera Thimmapur in Badami taluk of the district. Kalabanura did his BE at the government engineering college in Karwar in 2014. He works as the head of the department of mechanical engineering at the Sir M Visvesvaraya Diploma College. He said his salary was Rs 8,000 and this was not enough to make ends meet as his parents are daily wagers. So, he was trying for a job that could get him Rs 16,400 a month. 

At the demonstration, Kalabanura prepared mandakkisusala with puffed rice as one of the key ingredients. 

Participants sweated it out in front of 24 hearths, cooking one of the designated items like chitranna, avalakki (beaten rice)/mandakki susala, rotti, chapati, payasa, bele sambar and salads using vegetables and grams in 35 minutes. It was a tussle as they chopped onions, kneaded the chapati dough and did the garnishing to turn out the delicacies.

One of the candidates, Vanishree Rampura from Nidagundi in neighbouring Vijayapura district who has done BSc (Agriculture), had applied for the post of assistant cook. 

Lingareddy from Kuchchaladinni in Raichur taluk had to make upma for the judges, in the race to get the job. He has done diploma (electrical). Assistant directors of the department and hostel supervisors were the judges at the examination.


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