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National Biotechnology Development Strategy 2015-2020 to be announced

The National Biotechnology Development Strategy (2015-2020) for the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, has just received approval from the Government of India.

The National Biotechnology Development Strategy-2015-2020 is the direct result of formal and informal consultations over the past two years with over 300 stakeholders including scientists, educators, policy makers, leaders of industry and civil society, voluntary and non-government organizations, regulators and international experts. The consultations offered an opportunity to discuss and evaluate technological, societal and policy aspirations, critical success factors as well as barriers that will impede growth and put them in newer and broader perspective and action plan. Significant investment would be made for building the knowledge environment which would encompass niche research areas, ‘the Centres of Excellence’, innovation clusters, centralized R&D infrastructure and research tools. Emphasis would be on generation of biotech products, processes and technologies to enhance efficiency, productivity, safety and cost-effectiveness of agriculture, food and nutritional security; affordable health and wellness; environmental safety; clean energy and biofuel; and bio-manufacturing.

In light of this development, a press conference is scheduled on 30th Dec, 2015 between 12.00- 1.00 pm at the India Habitat Centre. The Strategy will be announced by the Hon’ble Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Hon’ble Minister for State for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Mr. Y. S. Chowdary, Dr. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, DBT, and other key stakeholders will be present at the event.