The Government of India has today launched the National Biotechnology Development Strategy 2015-2020, aiming to turn India into a biotechnology hub. The programme from the Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology, also aims to make the sector into a $ 100 billion industry with emphasis on areas like food and nutrition, health care, education and clean energy.
Under the proposed programme, research will be intensified in the field of vaccines, human genome, infectious and chronic diseases, crop science, animal agriculture and aqua culture, food and nutrition, environmental management and technologies for clean energy.
“Before formulating the strategy, we asked for response from people, which included stakeholders only after which we came to a conclusion,” Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said while unveiling the details.
Major investments to increase the creation of new biotech products, creating a strong infrastructure for research and development, commercialization, and empowering human resources scientifically and technologically, are also part of the mission.
One key aspect of the mission will include the training of work force this includes dual degree programmes which will cover both the aspect of core science and business applicability. It will also focus on improvg research opportunities in basic, disciplinary and inter-disciplinary sciences, promote global and national alliances.
Through the programme, the DBT also wants to create a technology development and translation network across India with global partnership, including five new clusters, 40 biotech incubators, Renu Swarup, a senior scientist and an advisor to DBT said.