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March 22, 2021 Monday 12:30:53 PM IST

Science has potential to resolve long standing issues: Dr Harsh Vardhan

National Edu News

Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan has inaugurated state-of-the-art facilities at various research centres in Chandigarh and Mohali. The Minister inaugurated IMTECH Bio Innovation Centre, a Unit of the Atal Incubation Centre (AIC)-CCMB in CSIR-IMTECH (CSIR- Institute of Microbial Technology), Chandigarh. The Union Minister during an interaction with the media after inauguration said that the centre shall give a boost to the Government’s Atmanirbhar Bharat Mission as it shall become a hub for life-sciences and biotechnology startups and MSMEs from all over the country. He lauded the efforts of the scientific community and healthcare workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Science has the potential to resolve long standing issues in any field of human endeavour, he added.

Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh and Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh in presence of Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan at CSIR-CSIO in Chandigarh.

The Union Minister also visited CSIR-CSIO (CSIR-Central Scientific Instrument Organisation), Chandigarh and inaugurated the Centre of Excellence for Intelligent Sensors and Systems. An MoU between CSIR-CSIO and Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh was signed in his presence. He also interacted with young scientists who received National awards and fellowships in the past two years. Interacting with the media at CSIR-CSIO, he said Covid appropriate behaviour is important to beat the pandemic and everyone should strive to make it a Jan Andolan. He said that CSIO is committed to develop indigenous technologies as per the needs of the nation with minimum dependence on imports to provide impetus towards achieving the goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the “Advanced High Resolution Microscopy Facility” at the National Agri-food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) campus, Mohali, Punjab. He also unveiled a “Four Star” rating under GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment) at Centre for Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing (CIAB) campus, Mohali, Punjab. In an interaction with Staff and students of NABI & CIAB, the minister said enthusiasm and zeal are important attributes of a scientist. He further said that research should not be confined to the laboratories and a new, proactive and innovative approach is needed to bring it to the masses.

CSIR-Institute of Microbial technology (IMTECH) started functioning in January 1984 with a mandate to undertake basic and applied research in emerging areas of microbial biotechnology, create capabilities in the services divisions, and to create technologies in the service of the nation.