An invited lecture was conducted on 10th November 2023, in Conference Hall-2, Campus-3, KISS-DU at 3.15 pm by the School of CIST, Centre for Indigenous Knowledge on Herbal Medicines and Therapeutics and in collaboration with Instituition’s Innovation Council, Ministry of HRD Initiative. The lecture was based on creating the value addition of millets with respect to entrepreneurship development as well as the therapeutic aspects of millet. Two eminent speakers, Dr. Kalpana Rayaguru and Dr. Shakti Ketan Prusty, were invited to this event. Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Vice-Chancellor, KISS-DU addressed a brief welcome note. He encouraged the faculty and research scholars to actively participate in the study and scope of millet as it is naturally cultivated in tribal areas. Dr. Prasanta Kumar Routray, Registrar, KISS-DU, also highlighted how millets are considered as a “poor man’s diet” and their role in the prevention of different diseases like malnutrition and anaemia. Dr. Kalpana Rayaguru, Prof. and Head, Dept. of APFE, CAET, OUAT, Bhubaneswar, delivered the lecture on “Processing and Value Addition of Millets”. She explained in detail the primary, secondary, and tertiary processing of millets and the development of various processes and packaging of value-added products from several millets. International Millet Year in 2023, aimed at promoting the cultivation, consumption, and awareness of millets—a group of small-seeded grasses widely grown worldwide for food and fodder. Millets are valued for their nutritional content, resilience in various growing conditions, and potential contribution to food security. Several types of millet include pearl millet, foxtail millet, proso millet, and finger millet. Millets offer various health benefits as they are rich in essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They provide a good source of B-complex vitamins, such as niacin, thiamine, and riboflavin, as well as minerals like iron, magnesium, and phosphorus. Millets are versatile and can be used in various dishes, such as porridge, pilaf, salads, and baked goods. Additionally, millet crops are often hardy and well-adapted to diverse growing conditions, making them a sustainable choice for agriculture. Our second speaker, Dr. Shakti Ketan Prusti, Asst. Prof., School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, SOA-Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, delivered the lecture on “Millets: A fad diet to Therapeutic Principle”. He discussed that millet is a good source of dietary fibre essential for digestive health. Adequate fibre intake can help prevent constipation, promote regular bowel movements, and support overall gastrointestinal health. Millets are naturally gluten-free, making them a suitable grain alternative for individuals with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Millets generally have a lower glycemic index compared to refined grains. This means they have a smaller impact on blood sugar levels, making them a good choice for people with diabetes or those looking to manage blood sugar levels. The fiber, magnesium, and potassium content in millets may contribute to heart health by helping to regulate blood pressure levels and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The high fiber content in millets can contribute to a feeling of fullness, which may help with weight management by reducing overall calorie intake. Millets contain various antioxidants, including phenolic compounds, which help neutralize harmful free radicals in the body. Antioxidants play a role in reducing the risk of chronic diseases and supporting overall health. It contains minerals like calcium and magnesium, contributes to maintaining strong and healthy bones. Millets are generally considered easy to digest, making them suitable for individuals with sensitive digestive systems. The meeting was graced the presence of Dr. Kahnu Charan Mahali (DG), Dr. Rajani Kanta Biswal (Director), Dr. Rashmi Mohapatra (Dean, CIST), Dr. Shweta Parida, Dr. Priyoneel Basu, Dr. Sweta Arora and Dr. Sagarika Nayak. The meeting was ended with a vote of thanks by Dr. Sadhni Induar.