• Government says a regulatory mechanism in Biodiversity sector will be in place after the recommendations are firmed up to safeguard public health and protect environment.
  • The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad informed this during the inauguration of Bangalore India Bio-2012 conference in Bangalore.
  • He also disclosed that the Quality Control lab in Delhi has been asked to bring wider range of bio-technology products under its ambit to ensure that they are safe and meet the prescribed standards. He called upon private sector to increase their presence in the research sector. He expressed happiness over country’s capabilities in manufacturing diagnostic kits for testing bird flu.
  • Speaking on the occasion, the Bio-technology Secretary MK Bhan informed that Central Government has approved Bio-Connect Centre for Bangalore. 
  • He explained that the Centre, which is one of its kinds in the country, will help mould young scientists as leaders in their specific fields of specialization. He added that forty such centres will come up all over the country gradually. 
  • Chief Minister of Karnataka Sadanand Gowda expressed happiness over functioning of 12 Biotechnology finishing schools in the state and said Central Government is planning to adopt this modal in other states too. 
  • Over 400 delegates from 250 top global biotech companies are taking part in the Bangalore India Bio conference and Exhibition in Bangalore.