India to set up Regional Biotechnology Center

The center will be an institution of national importance which imparts scientific or technical education, and is empowered to grant degrees

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The Regional Center for Biotechnology will take up research and innovation and impart education and training in the new areas of biotechnology

The Indian government recently passed a bill approving the establishment of regional centers for biotechnology in the National Capital Region. Under the auspices of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) , the center will be an institution of national importance which imparts scientific or technical education, and is empowered to grant degrees.

The Regional Center for Biotechnology will take up research and innovation and impart education and training in the new areas of Biotechnology at the interface of multiple disciplines of science creating a hub of technology expertise.

The country's Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan, said that Bio-technology is a new and growing field having immense potentialities for the societal benefit and economic transformation. It has been considered as a powerful enabling technology that can revolutionize agriculture, healthcare, industrial processing and environmental sustainability.

"There is an enhanced need for highly specialised to translate research in labs to clinical practice, he said, "It is for the whole country and also for SAARC region. This institution will help us train professionals from whole country It will be mentor institution helping all bio-technology institutions in the country," he added.

He highlighted that Indian biotech sector has grown threefold in a short span of time and that the country had immense potential in terms of research and development (R&D) facilities, knowledge, skills, and cost effectiveness to emerge as a global player.

 

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