Dr. Harsh Vardhan on three days Sikkim visit
31 Dec, Gangtok (IPR) : Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Science, Government of India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan who was accompanied by his wife called on the Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling at his official residence, Mintokgang, here in the state capital last evening.
30 Dec : Sikkim has several unique bioresearches, which can be utilized in a sustainable manner for setting up of bio-based industries through application of modern biotechnological tools, stated Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Science, Government of India on his three days maiden visit to Sikkim. on Friday.
While briefing the students, Scientist, Researchers and media, Dr. Vardhan said that realizing the importance of rich bioresearches of North East India, the department of Biotechnology under his Ministry set up Institute of Bioresearches and Sustainable Development (IBSD) IN 2001 in Imphal, Manipur to look after the entire North East region.
The Union Minister during his visit to IBSD Regional Centre interacted with the scientists, staff and students and saw the state of the art facilities being developed over a period of time.
He also appreciated the research work being carried out in different aspect of medicinal plants like ginseng and chirayita, different types of orchid and traditional knowledge of Sikkim.
He was particularly impressed with the idea of development of super foods from the local bioresearches. Dr. Harsh Vardhan emphasized that the state has a huge potential to create jobs for the unemployed youth through Bio-based enterprises.
Further he stated that he would discuss with the Chief Minister for allotment of suitable to IBSD so that his Ministry can immediately start the construction of a state for the art resource centre, which can act as a Biotechnology Hub.
This will not only help the local people but also attract a large number of Biotech industries from across the world due to unique advantage of the state he added.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan informed that IBSD is premier National Institute of the country and should set up more regional centers in other North Eastern states so that the benefit of research can reach to the welfare of the people.
Professor Dinabandhu Sahoo, Director of IBSD while welcoming the Union Minister said North East region is a genetic treasure house of plants, animals and microbial resources.
The region forms a distinctive part of the Indo-Burma region, which is amount the top ten biodiversity hot spot in the world. The entire North East Himalayas region is unique and very sensitive to climate change.
Prof. Sahoo said they to find out new ways to solve our old problems through the scientific intervention and go for inclusive growth. This will be only possible if we go for Sustainable Development, he added.
Earlier in the morning, Dr. Vardhan visited Nathula Pass at India-China border and praised the Indian Armed Forces for their bravery in guarding the boarder of our country at the high altitude under extreme climatic condition.
He also visited the Baba Mandir near Changu Lake and paid tributes to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country.