Forestry students undergo internship

ITANAGAR, Apr 26: A three-month-long internship training programme for the BSc (forestry) final year students of the NERIST and Rajasthan-based Dr KN Modi University concluded at the State Forest Research Institute (SFRI) here on Friday.
Addressing the valedictory function, PCCF (P&D) Rabindra Kumar advised the students to seek self-employment avenues through forestry.
“Forestry in Arunachal Pradesh can offer many things to the unemployed youths. If properly engaged, one can become self-employed and join private sectors and NGOs,” he said.
Lauding the SFRI for conducting the course, Kumar said “forestry is a vast subject which needs to be learned more from the field and practical knowledge.”
PCCF (RE) Rajesh suggested to the students to participate in training programmes to become well-equipped. He also suggested introducing “more interesting and relevant subjects related to Arunachal Pradesh.”
SFRI Director Dusu Shra said the state, with its rich biodiversity and the second largest forest cover in the country, could create opportunities in terms of livelihood, education, food, tourism, etc.
Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plant Board CEO T Gapak advised the students to take up entrepreneurship activities to become self-employed.
Poma Bamboo Processing Centre chairperson Techi Ana informed that there is a huge demand for handicraft items made from canes and bamboos in the national and international markets.
Informing that the bamboo processing centre has so far imparted training to seven batches of forestry students, Ana sought further assistance from the environment & forests department in conducting more such training programmes.
DFO (Silviculture) Nani Sha and SFRI course coordinator RK Taj also spoke.
The guests later gave away certificates to the 15 trainees of both the institutes.