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Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh inaugurates International Biotech Conclave in Imphal, Manipur

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International Biotech ConclaveUnion Minister of State (Independent Charge) Dr Jitendra Singh, Ministry of Science and Technology inaugurated the International Bioresource Conclave & Ethno Pharmacology Congress at the City Convention Centre, Imphal, Manipur. The International Bio-resource Conclave 2023 along with the 22nd International Congress of the International Society for Ethno-pharmacology and the 10th International Congress of Society for Ethno-pharmacology (ISE SFEC-2023) was held from 24th to 26th February 2023 in Manipur.
This is the first time, since Independence, North East Region (NER) organised an International Conference on Biotechnology.


The events were themed upon Reimagine Ethnopharmacology: Globalisation of Traditional Medicine


The events were organized by the Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) in collaboration with Society for Ethno-pharmacology, India and the International Society for Ethno-pharmacology, Switzerland.


700 International and National delegates representing over 35 countries

Key Points:

i.Under this event, several entrepreneurs from NER have shared their knowledge for the development of products/ processes/ technologies with value addition of bio-resources and development bio-economy from bio-resources of NER.

ii.IBSD has organised Industry-Connect (I-Connect) events in many states including Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Meghalaya for developing collaboration between industries and institutes.

  • It has also setup Bio Incubators Nurturing Entrepreneurship for Scaling Technologies (BioNEST) incubator at IBSD, Node Meghalaya to develop women entrepreneurship in Meghalaya.

iii.IBSD is working on therapeutic areas like antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and insect repellents, anti-diabetic, anti-arthritis, bronchial asthma, gastro-protectives and immuno-modulation.

  • All the research perspectives of IBSD are focused on the development of bio-economy from bio-resources with special reference to NER

iv.India has developed four indigenous Vaccines in just two years viz.

  • ZyCoV-D World’s 1st and India’s indigenously developed DNA Vaccine
  • CORBEVAXTM- India’s first protein subunit vaccine
  • GEMCOVAC™-19 – World’s 1st and India’s indigenously developed mRNA vaccine
  •  iNCOVACC-World’s 1st and India’s indigenously developed intranasal COVID-19 Vaccine.

v.IBSD has established a “Science Museum” at Maha Union Govt. Higher Secondary School, Chandel, an Aspirational district of Manipur.

vi.The joint initiative between the IBSD and International Society for Ethno-pharmacology, Switzerland will continue in future.

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ii.On December 5, 2022 i.e. on the occasion of World Soil Day (WSD), and on the lines of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the National Conclave on Soil Health Management for Sustainable Farming 2022 was inaugurated at New Delhi, Delhi by the Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoA&FW) as its Chief Guest.

About Institute of Bio-resources and Sustainable Development (IBSD):

It is an autonomous institute under the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology.

Director– Prof. Pulok Kumar Mukherjee
Headquarters– Imphal, Manipur
Establishment– 2001