The union science and technology and earth sciences minister, S.Jaipal Reddy on June 30, 2013, rededicated the branch Laboratory of CSIR-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (CSIR-IIIM) at Srinagar. Present on the occasion were Mr Omar Abdullah, chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Feroz Ahmad Khan, minister of science and technology, govt of J&K and senior officers from the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) and IIIM.
Speaking on the occasion Mr Jaipal Reddy said he is pleased to see the world class scientific infrastructure being created for globally competitive scientific research relevant to the economic development of J&K state and the country. With the rejuvenation of this lab, it is attracting top class talent from all over the world. CSIR played a significant role in the development of Science and Technology in the country. He Said that J&K has been taken care of very well by CSIR in doing so.
Reddy said his ministry supports the initiatives taken by CSIR-IIIM to create an innovation system for employment and wealth generation. He said as presented to him, this laboratory has made major societal and scientific contributions to the economy of the State of J&K and India. The minister said he would like to announce:
1. Establishment of of Industrial Biotech Parks with the participation and support of Deptt. Of Bio-Technology (DBT), CSIR
2. Technical & strategic support for realizing the full potential of the growth of unique Aroma Industry in the J&K state;