By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 14 Jun: The 5-day Training cum Workshop on “Essential oils, Perfumery & Aromatherapy” organised by Chemistry and Bioprospecting Division, Forest Research Institute (FRI), here, in collaboration with Fragrance and Flavor Development Centre (FFDC), Kannauj, at FRI from 10 to 14 June, concluded today.
The Valedictory Session of the event was organised in the Board Room of FRI. Dr Abhimanyu Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Uttarakhand Ayurveda University, Dehradun, was the Chief Guest. Kumar stated that the aroma sector had vast scope for development of employment and entrepreneurship in the country. In view of the huge natural resource and aspirants in aroma sector, there was need to translate this natural potential into successful ventures through innovative approaches. He also praised the efforts of organisers in successfully conducting the training cum workshop. He called upon the participants to take forward the knowledge and skill acquired through this training programme.
Welcoming the Chairman, Chief Guest, participants and all present on the occasion, Dr Vineet Kumar, Head, Chemistry and Bioprospecting Division, presented a brief account of the proceedings at the 5-day training cum workshop. Addressing the gathering, SV Shukla, Director, FFDC, emphasised that the F&F industry was largely dependent on resources from forests and the institutions like FRI and FFDC held great promise in supporting and facilitating the aroma industries in the country.
The training cum workshop was attended by participants from diverse fields and different corners of the country. During the training programme, all together six technical sessions comprising 23 lectures and five demonstrations were designed to provide a detailed exposure of fundamental and applied aspects of extraction, processing, quality assessment, value addition and therapeutic benefits of essential oils and their applications in perfumery and aromatherapy for advancements of scientific knowledge, skills and entrepreneurship of participants through lectures and practical demonstrations by experts from aroma industry, expert faculty from FRI and FFDC, and practicing aroma therapists.
The participants appreciated the training programmes and explained how the training cum workshop had been beneficial for them in upgrading their knowledge and building their skills. The chief guest presented the certificates to the participants. The session ended with the vote of thanks proposed by Dr Pradeep Sharma.