JORHAT, Nov 23 - The Vice-Chancellor of Assam Agricultural University (AAU) Dr KM Bujarbaruah on Monday inaugurated the North East Centre for Agricultural Biotechnology in the AAU Jorhat campus at Borbheta.
The inaugural function was held in presence of Dr TJ Higgins, an internationally-known expert in the field of genetic engineering from CSIRO, Canberra, Australia and also Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Centre along with Mohammad Aslam, Advisor, Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Union Ministry of Science and Technology and Dr T Madhan Mohan, consultant advisor, NERBPMC.
In his address, Dr Bujarbaruah said that the DBT had sanctioned Rs 24 crore for a period of three years for the centre which would serve the north- eastern region with extended functioning.
Five satellite laboratories will also be constructed in five States of the North East apart from the one in Assam.
Bujarbaruah said that the centre would facilitate and strengthen biotechnology and human resource development in the North East region.
“The major focus would be on modification of rice for tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses, use of gene technology for grain legume improvement, gene prospecting from soil microbes for acid tolerance and promotion of organic farming through provisioning of efficient and novel bio fertilizer and biopesticides,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
Moreover, the centre will have provisions for scientific exchanges for students and researchers of the region through which they will be trained in the developed laboratories of international repute
Earlier, Dr BK Sarmah, director of the DBT centre welcomed the dignitaries and others.