Gujarat to set up India’s first biotechnology university
India’s first Biotechnology University will take shape in Gujarat. It will aim to boost research, innovation and entrepreneurship in the sector. The Gujarat Biotechnology University will train and prepare biotech scientists in product-focused research to create and deliver a strong pipeline of innovative products for the country.
The University will have world-class infrastructure, an intellectual property base and skill sets for education, training, research, product development and technology commercialisation in biotechnology and allied sciences. The Bill for the new university provides a framework to facilitate intellectual property and matters related to technology commercialisation for product pipelines. It will also identify key issues and solutions by means of biotechnology and develop manpower with the knowledge and skills to meet industry needs.
The act of the University has provisions to form an Advisory Council, for necessary directions on strategic changes, including its education system, research system and linkages to industries and with top ranking institutions abroad. This is aimed at making the university match global standards.
For conceptualising a research-based and productfocused curriculum faculties and scientists of national and international repute were consulted.