A new campus of National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB) has been inaugurated by Mr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Science and Technology Minister of India at Hyderabad. The aim of NIAB is to develop emerging technologies and provide research that would lead to the improvement of animal health and productivity. The institute also focuses on research in the development of novel vaccines, diagnostics and improves therapeutic molecules for farm animals, focusing broadly on infectious diseases, reproductive biotechnology, animal genetics and other areas with respect to livestock and poultry, NIAB officials said.
Harsh Vardhan was quoted saying “The animal biotechnology institute is working in taking care of the health of livestock, treating their diseases, researching to improve the output and productivity, working on how to develop new breeds with the help of animal genomics,”
“I have told them that now the focus of research has to be more and more on people-centric, farmer-centric issues and ensure that we are able to fulfill the dream of the Prime Minister. He wants to double the income of farmers by 2022,” he said.
NIAB’s outreach programme for farmers — MILAN (Meeting of Indian Livestock Farmers and Agriculturists with NIAB scientists) which is designed to double farmer’s income, was recognized for its effort. It was stated that the country would emerge as the third most promising nation for science in the world by 2030 with the rapid advancements made in the field. It was stated that the country is sixth in terms of scientific publications all over the world and the country’s growth rate for scientific publications is 14 percent, while the international growth rate is just about four percent.
It was said that INCOIS (Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services) in Hyderabad is probably the number one in the world in terms of early tsunami warnings, which also predicted about the Tsunami that hit in 2004. The amount of communication among various departments of the science and technology ministry is said to be growing which is also bringing an effect in the scientific community and with other scientific departments.
The country is number four in terms of capability for weather forecasting, cyclones, disasters, he said “Can you imagine that in a list of over 1,200 institutions funded by the government, CSIR right now stands at ninth position in the whole world,” he said. The country is well placed with regard to patents and speed, Harsh Vardhan said. He concluded by saying “it should not be about how many times a scientific paper is read by how many people. Instead, it should be about how many millions would be benefited by a scientist’s work”.
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