Question: Recently the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and which of the following organisation has entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Inter-Ministerial Cooperation for Promotion and Facilitation of Agricultural Biotechnology Research and Education?
- On 15 January 2019,Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and ICAR have entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Inter-Ministerial Cooperation for Promotion and Facilitation of Agricultural Biotechnology Research and Education.
- The MoU between ICAR and DBT is for mutual collaboration to explore the possibility of cooperation, convergence and synergy to promote and accelerate the progress of research and training in various disciplines of agricultural biotechnology between ICAR and DBT.
- The MoU will be implemented with the aim to collaborate with one another in mutually agreed-upon research programmes in the areas of agricultural biotechnology, funding of projects, policy issues, regulatory aspects, and other specified areas of National interest.
- The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has undertaken several activities and programs to promote Biotechnology Research & Development in the areas of Agriculture Biotechnology.
- The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has been coordinating, guiding and managing research and education in Agriculture including horticulture, fisheries and animal sciences in the entire country.
Objectives of the partenership:
- Establishing National platform/centers for services related to genomics, genotyping, data banking, agriculture bioinformatics, GM food detection, validation of technologies such as vaccines, diagnostics of veterinary/ fisheries use, molecular markers in crop and animal breeding.
- Formulating and introducing courses/training programmes in the area of IPR, biosafety, biodiversity conservation and germ plasm exchange, genomic selection and breeding for faculty and students through appropriate mechanisms.
- Putting forward research prioritization with other ministries and foreign collation like Indo-UK SIC, BRICS, African countries and ‘Look East’ programme in relation to agricultural biotechnology.