The Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), New Delhi celebrated its silver jubilee with fervor and festivities were on December, 19 2015 at National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi. On the occasion, the union minster for science and technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan was the chief guest of the programme.
The company promoted by the department of biotechnology (DBT) and the all India financial institutions, since its inception in the year 1990, has made a significant contribution to biotechnology sector by providing valuable consultancy services to the central government, state governments, academia, research institutions and the industry.
The programme began with the welcome address by Dr V P Kamboj, chairman, BCIL and Dr Manju Sharma, former secretary, DBT who apprised the audience about the genesis of BCIL and its journey over the last 25 years.
Dr Purnima Sharma, managing director, BCIL presented the various activities of BCIL i.e. intellectual property management and technology transfer, consultancy, biosafety, capacity building and manpower development. Dr Sharma mentioned that BCIL is proactively contributing to the ‘Make in India', ‘Skill India' and ‘Startup India' programmes by virtue of managing national programmes promoting commercialization and entrepreneurship development.
While delivering the inaugural address, the chief guest, Dr Harsh Vardhan congratulated BCIL on the occasion of silver jubilee celebrations. He appreciated the vision and mandate of BCIL towards commercialization of biotechnology and emphasized the need of organizations like BCIL to assist the various Government departments in implementation of different projects.