Lok Sabha passes biotech centre bill

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The Lok Sabha on Monday passed a bill that seeks to give legislative backing to the Regional Centre for Biotechnology and empower it to award Master’s and PhD degrees.

Introduced in March in the Lok Sabha, the Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016, says the objectives of the regional centre will include disseminating knowledge by providing teaching and research facilities in biotechnology and related fields, facilitating transfer of technology and knowledge in the Saarc region and generally Asia, creating a hub of biotechnology expertise, and promoting cooperation at the international level.

The legislation would enable the institution to chalk out its own syllabus, as per the changing requirements of the sector, Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said.

The centre, located in Faridabad in Haryana, will be a state of the art institute and a regional hub for interdisciplinary education, training and research in biotechnology, Harsh Vardhan said.

Meanwhile, the government on Monday placed copies of the proclamation of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand in the lower house.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy also laid a copy of the Uttarakhand Appropriation (Vote on Account) Ordinance.

–IANS

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