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National Technology Day celebrated at FRI

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By Our Staff Reporter

Dehradun, 11 May: National Technology Day was celebrated today with great enthusiasm at Forest Research Institute. A special exhibition was o displayed outside the Information Centre of the FRI main building. All the divisions of the Institute participated in the exhibitions, which showcased recent scientific and technical achievements useful to the general people.

The exhibition was inaugurated by FRI Director Dr Renu Singh. She interacted with the scientists and appreciated the research being carried out by various divisions of the Institute. She instructed the scientists and officers to continue their efforts towards disseminating their research findings to the user groups including the general public so that the nation can benefit.

The main attractions of this exhibition were varieties of medicinal plants with their utility from NWFP discipline, Natural dyes, pine needle fibre, agarbatti and dhoop batti making and colours from chemistry division, treatment of green bamboos to increase their life and  attacked exhibits  by different insect-pests like bamboo borer, bamboo ghun and their control by Entomology Division. Extension Division displayed Populus deltoides and Melia dubia based agroforestry models and Bhimal Fibre Extraction technology. Genetics & Tree Propagation Division displayed important tree species like Dalbergia Sissoo, Melia dubia, Azadirachta Indica, Salvadora, Bamboo and Ringal, etc. Forest Protection Division displayed eco-friendly technologies in the form of posters and exhibits. The bio-fertilisers developed for different forest tree species growing in various environmental conditions involving mycorrhiza and bacteria were also displayed.

Wood Anatomy Discipline shared information about the need for timber identification by displaying posters on procedure of wood identification process. Seeds of forest trees were displayed by Silviculture Division of the Institute.

Besides this, between 7 and 8.30 a.m., a cleanl-up campaign was also organised in the premises of the Institute. All the officers, scientists and staff of FRI participated and made the campus polythene free. These programmes were organised under Promotion of Mission Life (“Life style for Environment”).

All the museums of the Institute were open free of any fee on this day and were visited by a large crowd of people throughout the day.