Union Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Harsh Vardhan was inaugurated the new Administrative and Research Buildings of two national institutes under the administrative control of Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India namely National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) and Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing (CIAB) in Sector 81, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar (Mohali), Punjab on August 06, 2017.
K. Vijay Raghavan, Secretary, DBT, Arun Kumar Grover, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University, Chandigarh, T.R. Sharma, Executive Director, NABI, Rajender Singh Sangwan, Chief Executive Officer, CIAB and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
Union Minister expressed his pleasure in dedicating both the institutes to the nation, and emphasized the need for quality research work and output with optimal utilization of state-of-art equipment and infrastructure that can reach common man in a form that can be easily perceived in proper perspective. He encouraged scientists/students to exploit the biotechnological tools to address the problems related to quality of food and malnutrition with full enthusiasm and zeal getting inspiration from the legacy and contributions of champions in the field of science and technology. He urged both the institutes to address the problems of hunger & malnutrition and to bring nutritional revolution in the country through biotechnology research and innovation for Food and Nutrition Security. He also said that young researchers and students should aim big and work hard to achieve their goals with sustained efforts.
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