Union Minister inaugurates NIAB's new campus in Hyderabad
Aug 11 (PTI) Union Science and Technology
National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB) here.
NIAB aims to harness novel and emerging
biotechnologies and it has taken up research in the cutting
areas for improving animal health and productivity, NIAB said.
The institute focuses on research which would lead to
to the development of novel vaccines, diagnostics and improved
therapeutic molecules for farm animals, focusing broadly on
infectious diseases, reproductive biotechnology, animal
genetics and other areas with respect to livestock and
poultry, NIAB officials said.
"The animal biotechnology institute is working in
taking care of the health of livestock, treating their
diseases, researching to improve the output and productivity,
working on how to develop new breeds with the help of animal
to be more and more on people-centric, farmer-centric issues
and ensure that we are able to fulfil the dream of the Prime
Minister. He wants to double the income of farmers by
2022...," he said.
increasing the income of farmers, he said.
He appreciated NIAB's outreach programme for farmers
-- MILAN (Meeting of Indian Livestock Farmers and
Agriculturists with NIAB scientists).
scientific community needs to change the definition of impact
He said it should not be how many times a scientific
paper is read by how many people and that it should be about
how many millions would be benefited by a scientist's work.
The approach should shift from a routine one to a
pro-active and visionary approach with the aims and objectives
put in a "dream-like situation", he said.
"There should be a mechanism to put some sort of
timeliness to what we want to achieve in how many years or in
months or weeks," he said.
He expressed confidence that the country would emerge
as the third most promising nation for science in the world by
2030 with the rapid advancements made in the field.
"I am sure that we will be able to realise the dream
of being the probably the third most promising nation for
science in the whole world by 2030," he said.
The country is sixth in terms of scientific
publications all over the world and the country's growth rate
for scientific publications is 14 per cent, while the
international growth rate is just about four per cent, he
The country was caught unaware when the tsunami of
2004 occurred, but INCOIS (Indian National Centre for Ocean
Information Services) in Hyderabad is probably the number one
in the world in terms of early tsunami warnings, he said.
The country is number four in terms of capability for
weather forecasting, cyclones, disasters, he said.
"Can you imagine that in a list of over 1,200
institutions funded by the government, CSIR right now stands
at ninth position in the whole world," he said.
The country is well placed with regard to patents and
There is good quality synergy now within various
departments of the science and technology ministry and also
within the scientific community and also with other scientific
departments, he said.
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