JORHAT, March 12 - CSIR-North East Institute of Science and Technology (CSIR-NEIST) at Pulibor here observed International Women�s Day by organising a training programme on mushroom cultivation to women of self-help groups of nearby villages.
A CSIR-NEIST press note stated that the training programme was held at the institute on Monday.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, CSIR-NEIST Director Dr G Narahari Sastry emphasised on discrimination against women and gender bias.
Dr Sastry mentioned the need of understanding the diversity and the need for co-existence between both the genders to develop the country, the note said.
Dr MJ Bordoloi, senior principal scientist of CSIR-NEIST spoke about the history of the Women�s Day celebrations. Dr Saurav Baruah, chief scientist at CSIR-NEIST, and Dr Manab Jyoti Bordoloi also spoke on the occasion.
In his address, Dr Baruah shared his experiences with four well-known women seismologists with whom he got the chance to work. He also congratulated women employees of CSIR-NEIST for their contributions.
Several presentations about different women achievers, involved in changing the world with their contributions to science and society, their fight and struggle against gender bias were presented by Dr Kalyani Medhi, Dr Supriya Saha, Dr Swapnali Hazarika, Dr Jyoti Lakshmi Hati Boruah, Dr Himakshi Sharma, Dr Kongkana Gogoi and Dr Leema Dutta (all women employees of CSIR-NEIST), the note informed.
Later, training on mushroom cultivation was given to 30 members belonging to different SHGs. Certificates were awarded to the women SHG members during a valedictory session held after the training session.