The setting up of a separate
Department of Biotechnology in 2006-2007 gave a new impetus to the development of the field of traditional as well as modern biotechnology in West Bengal. In just a few years of its existence, the Department has promoted and accelerated the pace of development of biotechnology in the State. Through several R&D projects, demonstrations and creation of infrastructural facilities a palpable impact on the awareness about this field has been seen. The Department has made significant achievements in the growth and application of biotechnology in the broad areas of agriculture, health care, animal sciences, environment, and industry.
The ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) has already identified West Bengal as the main business growth centre with biotechnology as one of the potential area of investment. Considering the lucrative return on the investment as well as the high potential for societal development, Government of West Bengal aims at furthering biotech activities in the fields of healthcare, agriculture, medicine, genomics, proteomics, diagnostics and environmental protection.
The Department has also been interacting with several leading research institutes of repute. The proven technologies at the laboratory level are being scaled up and demonstrated in field. It has been trying to involve general administration, NGOs and Panchayat bodies, especially in the districts, to create awareness about the benefits of the use of biotechnology in various fields in order to achieve overall societal development and enhance the alternative income and consequently the quality of life. It has also been awarding grants to the researchers of many institutions of repute to carry out small as well as large-scale researches in various fields of biotechnology. It has also extended considerable financial support to community development schemes.
In order to promote biotechnology in West Bengal covering all aspects of research, general awareness among the populace, to generate employment, to augment ecological balance and to foster other allied activities, to handle commercial aspect of this sector and to co-ordinate activities among various agencies working in the sphere of biotechnology, the West Bengal Biotech Development Corporation Ltd has been created in 2009 and registered under the Companies Act, 1956. This Corporation has now been looking after the "common instrumentation facility" of biotechnology to be extended to the prospective start-up biotech companies looking forward to invest in biotech-based industry in West Bengal. It has commissioned a large incubation centre in Sector V of Salt Lake, Kolkata with the financial support from the Department.
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Last Updated on 04-Jul-2012