By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 28 Jan: In a joint collaboration of Uttarakhand Forest Department, GAIL India and SPECS (Society of Pollution and Environmental Conservation Scientists), a three day LED bulb making and repairing training programme was organised for youth residing in villages around the Dehradun Zoo, Malsi. The aim of the training programme that took place from 21 to 23 January was to develop self-employment skills among these youth. In the inaugural session, SPECS Secretary Dr Brij Mohan Sharma exhorted the participants to take full advantage of the training. He said the LED bulb making and repair would help them get new opportunities. He asked the participants to give their hundred percent to the training programme. Dehradun Zoo and Rajaji National Park Director PK Patro told the participants that the training programme would give a new direction to their lives. He assured them that the LED bulbs prepared by them will be sold through stalls by the state forest authorities and, in a way, contribute towards generating income for them. Dehradun Zoo Curator and Forest Ranger MM Baijwan said that, while the training programme was important for the participants, it was also significant as it helped in conservation of energy with LED bulbs consuming less electricity compared to other kinds. He said the LED bulbs were also environment friendly. In the second session of the opening day, Trainer Yogesh Bhatt apprised participants on the importance of LED bulbs and their uses. He told them about the various components of LED bulbs and making circuits. Another trainer, Ram Teerth Maurya showed the participants the various components needed to make a circuit which included Diode, Resistance, Condenser and Capacitor amongst others. The Forest Department and SPECS also provided a tool kit to the participants, which included an iron solder, multi-meter, solder stand, wire, and other tools needed in the LED bulb making. The second day saw participants being told about putting various components on the circuit board, the assemblage of LED bulb holder, driver and others. All were subsequently informed about seven point LED bulbs. The participants who themselves prepared bulbs were visibly very happy at seeing their bulbs light up. The 50 participants were from the 13 villages of Sinola, Kuthal Gaon, Johdi Gaon, Daniya ka danda, Malsi Gaon, Purkul, Slan, Bhajwant, Vijay Colony, Jaspur, Kherani Gaon, Bagriyal and Bhandar Gaon. Forester Vinod Kumar Lingwal, Veterinary Officer Dr Rakesh Kumar Nautiyal, trainers Yogesh Bhatt, Ram Teerth Maurya and Neeraj Uniyal helped in the conduct of the training programme.