Manipur University (MU), Imphal and Biotech Consortium India Limited (BCIL), New Delhi hosted the 7th Annual Review cum Mentoring Meeting of the Coordinators of the DBT-Biotech Hubs in the North Eastern Region sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India, on 30th – 31st August 2017.
The Inaugural Session of the 7th Review and Mentoring Meeting held on 30th August 2017 was organized at the Auditorium of Hotel Imphal. The inaugural session was graced by the Honorable Chief Minister of Manipur, Shri N Biren Singh, as the Chief Guest, Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University, Dr. T. Mahan Mohan, Adviser, DBT, Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director, IBSD, Dr. B. Rabindran, Former Director, ILS, Bhubaneshwar besides Prof. W Viswanath Singh, Prof. N Rajmuhon Singh, Prof. Amar Yumnam and Prof. Debananda S Ningthoujam from Manipur University.
In his Welcome Address, Debananda S. Ningthoujam formally welcomed Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri N. Biren Singh, Delegates from DBT, and Eminent Scientists & Members of the Expert Committee, Vice Chancellor of MU, and coordinators of 125 Biotech Hubs from across North East India, and Deans, Faculty & research scholars from MU.
Dr. T. Madhan Mohan, Adviser, Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, Govt. of India, presented a brief overview of the research and development initiatives of the Department of Biotechnology in the North East. During his speech, he highlighted the following roles of DBT in the NER: The establishment of a dedicated cell, namely, North Eastern Region Biotechnology Programme Management Cell (NER-BPMC) in 2009-2010, for implementing various new programmes in the area of biotechnology for the benefit of NER states, implementation of nearly 500 twinning projects involving NER institutions and the rest of India and setting up biotechnology labs under the “Biotechnology Labs in Senior Secondary schools (BLiSS)” scheme in 88 schools across NER. Besides that, in order to inculcate interest for biotechnology among budding scientists at the UG and PG/Ph. D. levels, and also to impart training in sophisticated technology by providing necessary infrastructure facility, DBT established 6 State level and 120 Institutional level Biotech Hubs across NER. He also highlighted DBT’s key initiatives in the State of Manipur.