The Department of Biotechnology would be celebrating the 30th Foundation Day on February 26, 2016. These 30 years have been crucial for the growth of life sciences and biotechnology in the country and DBT’s impact has been both national and global.
To mark this event, a series of scientific activities including town-hall lectures, debates and other interactions with our eminent scientists as well as from overseas were organized in association with our autonomous institutes and star colleges. We would also like to take this opportunity to show case the contributions and impact which Life Sciences and Biotechnology have made on society and, importantly, recognize the contribution of key stakeholders – Individuals, Institutions (including Universities), Industry and Society. We would also like to spread the message of success of Life Sciences and Biotechnology across the country and internationally. This is also an occasion to explore new opportunities and build new partnership.
Towards this the DBT would be organizing a two-day “Global Biotechnology Summit” on 5th & 6th February 2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. The event would showcase India’s Biotechnology strength and capacity and is an opportunity to bring together all stakeholders to discuss opportunities, collaborate and prepare a joint action plan for achieving the target for its biotech sector of US$ 100 billion by 2020. This will also help attract investors and other key partners to invest in the biotech sector in India, in response to the Prime Minister’s call for Make in India and also to encourage the start-up ecosystem which has a potential for scale-up.
The Summit would broadly focus on the priority themes – Make in India, Nurturing Bio entrepreneurship, Skill India, Biotech opportunities and action for Swachh Bharat and Swasth Bharat, Biotechnology cooperation, Biotechnology Innovation for inclusive development, Biotechnology and Society. Plenary talks, panel discussion are scheduled for this. The discussion will also help to align the goals of the biotech strategy with the policies of State Governments and prepare joint action plan. It will also help to create exciting opportunities for students and researchers by giving them an exposure to the best experts in the field.
About 1200-1500 participants are expected to attend the event including eminent scientists from national and international public and private sector organizations, universities, delegations from state governments, representatives and delegations from other countries with which DBT partners, students, research fellows, biotech start-up entrepreneurs, policy-makers, civil society and all stakeholders. In addition all DBT ex-secretaries would be present.