With a view to make India a global hub for bio-manufacturing, the central government on Wednesday launched the National Biotechnology Development Strategy for 2015-2020. This strategy aims at making the sector into a $100 billion industry by the year 2025 giving special focus in the areas of healthcare, food and nutrition, clean energy and education.
Under this strategy, it is decided that the centre will be soon launching a mission with enormous amount of investment support to create new biotech products, a strong infrastructure base for strengthening Research & Development and finally to boost up India’s human resources scientifically and globally.
This five-year long strategy will give ample amount of focus on intensifying research in the fields of vaccine, human genome, infectious and chronic diseases, crop science, animal agriculture and aqua culture, food and nutrition, environmental management and technologies for clean energy. The present Indian government is especially focusing on having clean energy resources for its growing market.
A major aspect of this strategy is to train the huge workforce. The training will include a dual-degree programme where it will cover both the feature of core science and business applicability. It will also bring focus on enhancing research opportunities in various categories of sciences notably basic, disciplinary and inter-disciplinary sciences to foster global alliances in the said field.
The exchange programme under the strategy will be open for teachers at both the under-graduate and post graduate levels. A senior scientist of the department of biotechnology stated that twenty bio-connect centres in various universities across the countries to help linkage between academic world and industry. The department will also create a technology development and translation network across India with global help.