IT & BT two engines of Kerala’s future growth: Sonia Gandhi

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Trivandrum: Chairperson of the National Advisory Council, Smt. Sonia Gandhi has said that IT and Biotechnology are the two engines of future growth in Kerala which lacks land and resources needed for massive industrial units and there is an abundance of highly educated and skilled people who can power a knowledge economy.

She was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a Bio-Innovation Centre being set up by the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) at its new 20-acre campus at Akkulam in Thiruvananthapuram.

Her remarks came as the Government of Kerala announced a pioneering new digital project in partnership with the RCGB to document diseases, predict outbreaks and monitor healthcare delivery. Sonia also said that the dreams of the late Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi decades ago was adapted in Kerala in the areas of technology and IT sectors and the Technopark established here was the first one in the country.

Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy said under the new ‘Health For All’ programme, vaccine delivery efficiency, impact of environmental variability, disease outbreak prediction , interface of hospitals and public health institutions will all be done on real time basis through a cloud-based database system. Given the value and significance of RGCB’s work for Kerala, the state government has provided the institution 20 acres of land, worth Rs 175 crores, free of cost”.

The Bio-Innovation Centre (BIC) aims to become a ‘Centre of Excellence’ in the areas of disease biology and molecular medicine with core focus on cancer vaccines, immunology and biomarkers. RGCB has also been tasked with the management of the state government’s Biotech Park in Kochi which is a translational facility where knowledge will be converted to new products. It is an incubation facility for biotechnology start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Union Minister for Science & Technology, Shri S Jaipal Reddy who lauded RGCB’s multi-faceted approach said the central government is committed to providing all support for the centre’s activities.

A 150,000 sq ft building is proposed in BIC phase I which is expected to be commissioned by 2016. Three laboratories engaged in R&D in nanobiotechnology, peptide antibiotics and molecular diagnostics will soon shift to a 50,000 sq ft transit campus at the KINFRA Video Park in Kazhakkuttam until they move into their permanent home at the BIC.

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