The Union Cabinet, presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 18 November 2015 approved the proposal of the Department of Health Research in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. As per the proposal, a National Resource Facility for Bio-medical Research (NARF) will be set-up at Genome Valley in Hyderabad by the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).
The estimated cost for the project is 338.58 crores rupees. The resource centre is expected to be functional by 2018-19.
Besides, the state government has allotted 102.69 acres of land at Genome Valley, Hyderabad, free of cost, to the ICMR for establishment of NARF for Biomedical Research.
Key highlights of National Resource Facility for Bio-medical Research
• The institution will be India’s first of its kind for quality laboratory animals for basic and applied biomedical research.
• It will be developed as a world-class facility for breeding and housing of animals such as primates, cabines and other specialized models such as transgenic and knockout rodents required for testing of various R&D products.
• It will create, develop and provide access to a range of laboratory animals and related technological resources for advancement of biomedical research in the country.
• It will help in facilitating research in medical colleges, research and academic institutions, universities and Biotech/Bio-pharma companies.
• It will also provide training facilities for personnel in the specialized areas in the field of biomedical research.
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Who: Union Cabinet
When: 18 November 2015