JORHAT, Dec 29: The Rain Forest Research Institute (RFRI) at Sotai here, conducted a three-day ‘Skill Development Training on Bamboo Shoot Processing and Value Addition’ at Central Jail, Jorhat, in association with jail authorities from December 26 to 28.
An RFRI official informed that the training programme attended by 30 convicts serving various sentences, was inaugurated by Jorhat District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Jorhat, secretary cum judicial officer Devojyoti Bhuyan.
The official stated that the objective of organising the training programme is to develop the skill of the convicts so that they could earn their livelihood after completion of their prison sentences.
An entrepreneur from Guwahati, Pranjal Kumar Goswami, imparted the hands-on training, while RK Kalita, head, Extension Division, RFRI, and course director of the training programme, gave a presentation on bamboo and its utilisation for creating awareness among the participants, the official mentioned.
The training sessions included preparation of eight value-added products of bamboo shoot. Earlier, the jailor of Central Jail, Jorhat Abani Muktiar delivered the welcome address.
The valedictory session was attended by Dr Prasanna Kumar Pathak, director of Extension, Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat as chief guest and Bhupen Chandra Das, DIG, Prison as guest of honour.
Dr Pathak, in his address, appealed to the participants to make use of the skill gained during the training sessions and use it as a means of livelihood after completing their prison terms to live a graceful life in the society, the official concluded.