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National Seminar on Biotechnology Innovation Systems of India

Date and Venue
6-7 October 2006, Nainital, Uttaranchal, India

Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT)
Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India; and Kumaun University, Nainital

Brief Profile of Participants
25 national experts
About100 participants from the NIS Stakeholders

Addresses Delivered during the Inaugural Session
Vice Chancellor, Kumaun University
Dean, Faculty of Science, Kumaun University

Keynote speech
Mr. U.N. Behera, Joint Secretary, Department of Biotechnology
Transforming CSIR to Council for Scientific and Innovative Research Innovation Systems for R&D in Genomic - Dr. S.K. Brahmachari, Director, Institute of Genomic and Integrative Biology, New Delhi

The Vice Chancellor of the Kumanun University appreciated APCTT in organizing the Seminar at Nainital, which otherwise normally were held in major cities, and expressed his gratitude to the Department of Biotechnology of the Government of India, the major supporter of the Seminar for its generous support to University. He underlined the importance of Seminars that brings experts from different places to not only share knowledge and experiences but also in networking of experts in their pursuit of knowledge-exploration. The Joint Secretary of the Department of Biotechnology of the Government of India described the major biotechnologies achievements by India and its new policy initiatives, including the one similar to Bauduli Act in USA that encourages scientists to file and own patents to their research outcomes. The seminar was attended by about 100 participants mainly from the R&D community and academina, and discussed issues such as: biotechnology innovation in agriculture, biotechnology innovation in health, biotechnology innovation in environment and energy, human resource development programme and infrastructure, biotechnology industry in India, biotechnology parks and technology transfer, and biotechnology information systems and services in Asia. The Seminar made a set of recommendations to promote biotechnology innovation systems in India. More than 25 national experts made presentations and participated in the seminar. APCTT presented activities of its technology transfer services and a presentation on the role of BINASIA in promoting international cooperation.

Details of the Technical Sessions
Technical Session I
Biotechnology Innovation in Agriculture
Agricultural Biotechnology – Status and Policies - Prof. G.K. Garg, G B Pant University, Uttaranchal
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Gene and Genomics for Sustainable Agriculture - Prof. Paramjit Khurana, DUSE, New Delhi
Intellectual Property Rights in Agricultural Biotechnology - Prof. H.S. Chawla, GBPUA&T, Pantnagar
Biotechnology-breeding Interface for Enhancement of Nutritional Quality in Cereals - Dr. P.K. Agrawal, VIPKAS, Almora

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Technical Session II
Biotechnology Innovation in Health
Biotechnology: Human Health - Prof. B.D. Lakhchaura, Biotech Bhawan, Haldi
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Biotechnology Approaches in Animal Health: Indian Perspective - Dr. R.K. Singh, Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Mukteshwar
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Synthetic Biology - Dr. Geeta Sathpathy, All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi
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Biotechnology and Medicine - Dr. Subrata Panda, All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), New Delhi
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Biotechnology and Healthcare: HRD, Research and Societal Innovation in the Himalayan Mountains - Prof. Asha Saklani, HNB Garhawal University, Srinagar

Technical Session III

Biotechnology Innovation in Environment and Energy
Mass Multiplication of Bamboo for Plantation in Uttaranchal - Dr. S. K. Nandi, GBPIH&D, Almora

Problem Posed by Hexachlorocyclohexane Residues and Development of Bioremediation Technologies -
Dr. Rup Lal, University of Delhi (DU), New Delhi

Technical Session IV
Human Resource Development Programme and Infrastructure
Human Resource Development Programmes of Department of Biotechnology - Dr. Suman Govil, Director, Department of Biotechnology
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Quality Human Resource & Scientific Development - Dr. Uttam Pati, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
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Technical Session V
Biotechnology industry in India, Biotechnology Parks, Technology Transfer
Indian Biotech Industry - Dr. Anjan Das, Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Gurgaon
Biotechnology: Status and Opportunities in Uttaranchal - Dr. L.M.S. Palni, Biotech Bhawan, Haldi

APCTT Technology Transfer Services & Networking - Mr. Basab R. Shee, APCTT
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Life Sciences/Biotechnology Attracting Risk Capital and Stimulating Alliances and Joint Venture - Dr. Vishal Gandhi, Yes Bank, New Delhi
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Technical Session VI
Biotechnology Information Systems and Services in Asia
Role of BINASIA in International Cooperation - Mr. N. Srinivasan, APCTT
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Information Technology as a Catalyst in Basi Biologic Research - Dr. Sudha Bhattacharya, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
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An Approach to Carry out Research and Teaching in Bioinformatics in Remote Areas - Dr. Alok Bhattacharya, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
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Recommendations Arising Out of the Technical Sessions A publication on the proceedings of the Seminar is being prepared by the University of Kumaon, the co-organizers of the Seminar.