Gu­jarat to set up In­dia’s first biotech­nol­ogy univer­sity

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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.

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