Union Cabinet on 2 December 2015 approved introduction of Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2015 in the Parliament.
The objective of the bill is to provide a legal status to the centre that was established by an executive order in November 2008. It is currently operational at the NCR Biotech Science Cluster, Faridabad.
Key features of Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2015
• It will enable the centre to function independently as an autonomous body.
• It will give recognition to the centre as an Institution of National Importance for education, training and research in the areas of biotechnology.
• The centre is a regional hub for interdisciplinary education, training and research in biotechnology with emphasis on novel education programmes relevant to industry.
• The focus areas include bio-drug discovery science, nano-science and medicine, imaging techniques, designer crops, bioengineering and biomaterials and intellectual property among others.
• It will help in overcoming the acute shortage of skilled human resources in India and the region.
• It would be a hub of biotechnology expertise in the countries in SAARC region and more generally in the Asia region.
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When: 2 Decemeber 2015
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