Inaugural Ceremony of DBT-NECAB and First SAC Meeting on 19-20 November, 2018

The Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt of India funded the North East Centre for Agricultural Biotechnology (DBT-NECAB) has formally been inaugurated today, the 19th Nov, 2018 at Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat by the Honourable Vice Chancellor, Dr K M Bujarbaruah in presence of Dr T J Higgins an world expert in the field of Genetic Engineering from CSIRO, Canberra, Australia and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Centre; Dr. Mohd. Aslam, Adviser, DBT, GoI; Dr T Madhan Mohan, Consultant Advisor, NERBPMC, DBT; Expert members from various organizations of the country; all Deans, Directors of and teachers, scientists and students of AAU.

With a funding of Rs. 24 Cr for a period of three years, the centre seeks to facilitate and strengthen biotechnology research and human resource development in the North east region. The prime focus is on genetic modification of rice for tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses; use of gene technology for grain legume improvement; gene prospecting from soil microbes for acid tolerance and promotion of organic farming through provisioning of efficient and novel biofertilizers and biopesticides.

In addition, the Centre will also establish 5 satellite laboratories in the five different states of the N E region apart from Assam. Furthermore, the Centre will have provisions of scientific exchanges for students and researchers of the N E region through which they will be trained in the developed laboratories of international repute.

Earlier, Dr. B.K.Sarmah, Director, DBT Centre welcomed all dignitaries and others present in the ceremony.

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