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Centre unveils National Biotechnology Development Strategy 2015-2020

New Delhi, Dec 30 (UNI) With an aim to establish India as a world-class bio-manufacturing hub, the Centre today unveiled the National Biotechnology Development Strategy 2015-2020.
The strategy, unveiled by Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan, intends to launch a major mission, backed with significant investments, for the creation of new biotech products, create a strong infrastructure for R&D and commercialisation and empower India’s human resources scientifically and technologically.
The envisaged mission is to provide impetus to utilising the knowledge and tools to the advantage of humanity, launch a major well directed mission backed with significant investment for generation of new biotech products, empower scientifically and technologically India’s incomparable human resource.
The key elements of the strategy are building a skilled workforce and leadership, revitalising the knowledge environment at par with the growing bio-economy, enhance research opportunities in basic, disciplinary and inter-disciplinary sciences and encourage use-inspired discovery research.
The other elements are -- focus on biotechnology tools for inclusive development, nurturing innovation, translational capacity and entrepreneurship, ensuring a transparent, efficient and globally best regulatory system and communication strategy, biotechnology cooperation- fostering global and national alliances, strengthen institutional capacity with redesigned governance models and create a matrix of measurement of processes as well as outcome.
The key elements would be implemented in collaboration and partnership with other Ministries, Departments, State Governments and international agencies towards achieving Making India ready to meet the challenge of achieving 100 billion dollars by 2025, launching four major missions – healthcare, food and nutrition, clean energy and education, creating a Technology Development and Translation network across the country with global partnership-5 new clusters, 40 Biotech incubators, 150 TTOs, 20 Bio-connect centres and Strategic and focused investment in building the Human Capital by creating a Life Sciences and Biotechnology Education Council.
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