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Cabinet nod for introduction of Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill in Parliament

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, December 2, 2015

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for introduction of a Bill for establishment of a Regional Centre for Biotechnology at Faridabad in Haryana, near here. 
The objective of the Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2015  is to provide a legal status to the Centre so as to function independently as an autonomous body and also an Institution of National Importance for education, training and research in the areas of biotechnology. 
The Centre has already been established by an executive order of the Government of India in November, 2008 after the approval by the Union Cabinet. It is currently operational at the NCR Biotech Science Cluster, Faridabad and the enactment does not involve any financial implications at this stage, an official press release said.
The Centre is a regional hub for interdisciplinary education, training and research in biotechnology with emphasis on novel education programmes relevant to industry, including bio-drug discovery science, nano-science and medicine, imaging techniques, designer crops, bioengineering and biomaterials, intellectual property, technology transfer and regulation to fulfil and overcome the acute shortage of skilled human resources in India. It would be a hub of biotechnology expertise in the countries in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region, and more generally in the Asia region, and to address human resources needs in the region. 
The Centre is an inter-disciplinary institution in life sciences and biotechnology and offers novel educational & training courses in the interdisciplinary and related areas of biotechnology. It would also address designing of new and novel programmes for education and training which could then be assimilated by the existing universities in India and the region, the release added.