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MoST set up a first-of-its-kind ‘Centre of Excellence’ in the Northeast; Located in Kimin, Arunachal Pradesh

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Ministry of Science & Technology is to set up a first-of-its-kind “Centre of Excellence”The Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) will launch a first-of-its-kind Centre of Excellence (CoE) in the Northeast i.e. ‘Centre for Bio-Resources and Sustainable Development’ at Kimin in Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh (AR).

  • The establishment of the Centre was sanctioned by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), MoST and is already complete for formal inauguration.
  • This decision has been taken to push digital initiatives in the north eastern states under the Centre’s flagship Digital India programme.

Key Points:

i.The outlay of the project is Rs 50 crore.

ii.The CoE will cater to the requirement of having its own technology resource centre of Northeast.

iii.As a thanking gesture, delegation from Arunachal Pradesh led by Tapir Gao, Senior Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha; Nabam Rebia, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha; Bamang Mangha, Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology (APSCST); and Dr Debajit Mahanta, DBT-APSCST COE for Bio-resources and Sustainable Development Project Director met Minister of State (Independent Charge), MoST Dr Jitendra Singh in New Delhi.

iv.The CoE will also explore many vast areas and to find lesser known or unknown new species including diverse habitats and diverse flora. This will improve the cultural, social and economic status of the entire North Eastern Region (NER).

Recent Related News:

In June 2021, DBT issued a Special Call to Farmers of NER under its Mission Programme ‘Biotech-Krishi Innovation Science Application Network (Biotech-KISAN)’. The objective is to understand the local problems of NER farmers and provide scientific solutions to solve them.

About Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST):

Dr Jitendra Singh Constituency– Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir
Departments– Department of Science & Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), and Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR)
Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India– Dr. Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan