Seminar on New Design Trends in the Cane & Bamboo Sector
BCDI and USTM signed MOU to begin training in cane and bamboo
NCDPD organized a two days seminar on Creation of Awareness for New Design Trends at Convention Hall, NEDFi, Guwahati on 20th & 21st December 2012. The seminar created awareness among the artisans / craftpersons, entrepreneurs and exporters of NER about the technological & design innovations by adopting newer technology, manufacturing techniques, design innovations, packaging techniques and sustainable growth in the Cane & Bamboo sector of NER. The Seminar included discussions on topics such as need for design innovation, export marketing procedure, selection of products in relation to the markets, product pricing and merchandising etc.
Shri S.S.Gupta, IAS Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India was the chief guest and Shri Ravi K Passi Co- Chairman NCDPD, and Shri R.K Srivastava ED NCDPD were also present at the event. The dignitaries interacted with the participants of the seminar and discussed and resolved the issues faced by them in the industry. Mr. Srivastava discussed the need of product innovation for NER Region while Mr. Ravi K. Passi talked about the need of Design, Product Development and technology in Export Market Vis A Viz North East Region.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between Bamboo& Cane Development Institute (BCDI) Agartala, Tripura and the University of Science and Technology (USTM) Meghalaya where both institutions agreed to work together to train and develop skills and technology in handicrafts. BCDI and USTM propose to begin various training courses in Cane and Bamboo including Post Graduate Diploma Course in Bamboo Cultivation and Resource Utilization. BCDI and USTM will work towards making the courses job oriented and the leading courses in the industry. They will also facilitate involvement of national and international agencies.
An exhibition of the products developed by NCDPD and BCDI under various design & product development projects was organized at the exhibition hall of NEDFi during the seminar. The range of products displayed at the exhibition was highly appreciated by the participants. This exhibition was jointly organized by North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi), Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) and NCDPD.