Ministry of Science and Technology Current Affairs - 2019

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Global Bio-India Summit, 2019

The Global Bio-India summit is to be held for the first time in India between November 21 and November 23, 2019. It is being organized by BIRAC and DBT of Ministry of Science and Technology. The purpose of the summit is to attract investments, showcase the country’s indigenous strengths and aspirations.

Significance

  • Biotech is identified as one of the key sectors in Make in India 2.0.
  • The event is planned to bring in stakeholders of 30 countries together.
  • It will include 200 exhibitors and 250 startups. The Central and state regulatory bodies are also participating in the summit. On the whole, around 3500 participators are expected
  • Biotechnology and its contributions are important for India in achieving its 5 trillion USD target.
  • Biotechnology is also one of the thrust areas for driving GDP growth of the country.

Key Objectives of the Summit

  • To identify funding and collaboration opportunities for research and Development
  • To attract major projects from international companies
  • To discuss policy interventions and key trends across the sub sectors like bio-agriculture, bio-energy, bio-industrial, bio-manufacturing, bio-services, etc.

To facilitate interactions of research institutions with industry

MoU signed between DBT and DAE on Cancer Research

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under Ministry of Science and Technology and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), under Prime Minister of India has signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) for supporting a joint collaborative research programmes in area of Cancer.

Key Highlights on  MoU

  • About: The MoU for Joint Collaboration on Cancer Research was signed between DBT and DAE. The DAE was represented by its Tata Memorial Centre, which also functions as coordinating centre on behalf of The National Cancer Grid of India.
  • Objective: to work towards common goal of tackling cancer and also to bring a quantum change in present scenario of cancer research.
  • Features:
  • The clinicians shall work in coherence with Researchers to identify and develop collaborative research programmes as well as public health initiatives for public awareness at large.
  • Activities: such as intensive workshops on clinical research methodologies, joint clinical fellowships and protocol development shall help towards creating a trained manpower community and will provide a platform to utilize their acquired skills in best possible manner.
  • MoU shall help strengthen various initiatives mandatorily for cancer by:
  1. Strategizing and prioritizing cancer research.
  2. Developing new and affordable technologies.
  3. Jointly designing and funding clinical trials.
  4. Coordinating and collaborating for translational research, interventions, training of manpower and infrastructure development.