Government gives nod to introduction of Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2015

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given its approval for introduction of Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2015.

The bill aims for establishment of a Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB) in Faridabad, Haryana and provide a legal status to the Centre.

Key facts

  • The Centre is an inter-disciplinary regional hub and institution in life sciences and biotechnology.
  • It would offer novel educational and training courses in the interdisciplinary and related areas of biotechnology.
  • It would also address designing of new and novel programmes for education and training purposes that could then be assimilated by the existing universities in India and the Region.
  • Legal status will empower the centre to function independently as an autonomous body and as an Institution of National Importance.
  • RCB will give emphasis on novel education programmes relevant to industry, including bio-drug discovery science, medicine and nano-science, designer crops, bioengineering and biomaterials, imaging techniques.
  • It will also include technology transfer, intellectual property and regulations to fulfil and overcome the acute shortage of skilled human resources in India in this field.
  • It would act as a hub of biotechnology expertise in the countries in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region, Asia region to address human resources needs.

Background

Regional Centre for Biotechnology already has been established in 2008 by an executive order of the Union Government after the approval by the Union Cabinet. Presently it is operational at Faridabad based NCR Biotech Science Cluster. Enactment of law in this regard would not involve any financial implications at this stage.

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