With an aim of developing knowledge-based economy in biotechnology, to assure benefit of biotechnology to all the sections of society and to promote entrepreneurship in biotechnology-based industries, Uttar Pradesh government framed Uttar Pradesh Biotech Policy in 2014.
The policy was developed with an objective of attracting biotechnology-based industrial investment by providing special incentives to the biotech industry and related sectors in order to generate large scale employment in the urban and rural areas of Uttar Pradesh, to develop and conserve bio-resources for sustainable commercial use and the use of renewable energy by promoting the use of bio-fuels and other bio-energy, to undertake extensive extension educational programmes to create awareness among the masses about biotechnology and it's entrepreneurial and job opportunities for all round sustainable development.
According to Huma Mustafa, Joint Director, Council of Science & Technology, Uttar Pradesh, "Biotech policy basically focuses on three components - infrastructure development, human resource development and R&D. We are planning to develop bio centres in each commissary. Biocentres are biotech networking centres which will provide forward linkage to the farmers and will educate them about all the biotech policies that can be of use to them. As far as biotech parks are concerned, apart from fully functional biotech park in Lucknow we are also planning to develop biotech parks in Greater Noida and Trans Ganga area for which 150-200 acres has been already allotted."
LUCKNOW BIOTECH PARK
Developed by the Department of Biotechnology and Department of Science and Technology, Uttar Pradesh in 2002, Lucknow Biotech Park became fully functional in 2007. It is the only functional biotechnology park in North India serving the state of Uttar Pradesh and bringing biotechnology as the way of cultivating crops, living healthy life and enriching the skills for boosting biotech industry. In UP no worthwhile biotech industry existed till the Biotech Park was established. In a short span it attracted 28 biotech industries, which include two major biopharma industries. Together these companies have made an investment about Rs 35 crore and created several job opportunities. Biotech Park is a happening address in the city and ten entrepreneurs have graduated from Biotech Park so far.
Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR), National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Central Institute for Sub Tropical Horticulture (CISH), Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research (IISR), Lucknow University, King George's Medical University (KGMU) and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU) are some of the collaborators.