Dr. Renu Swarup
The Department since its inception has been providing an enabling ecosystem to promote biotechnology research and improve capacity building across the country. The emphasis has been on fostering cutting edge-research and innovation, with strong emphasis on translational research. Through it’s various initiatives towards promoting innovative research, empowering people, building world class infrastructure, supporting public-private partnership, Department has made a huge impact on Indian agriculture, healthcare, industry and environment on one hand, while raising global standing of India in the sphere of biotechnology on the other.
The Department through its National Biotechnology Development Strategy announced in 2015, lays major emphasis on generation of biotech products, processes and technologies for enhanced efficiency, productivity and cost-effectiveness in the areas of agriculture, food and nutritional security; affordable health care and wellness; environmental safety; clean energy, biofuel, bio-manufacturing etc.
Skill development programmes have been developed in close coordination with State Governments. The policies announced by the Government have strengthened the institutional mechanisms for empowering innovation and ensuring scale up and sustainability. The emphasis has been on technology-driven research aimed at improving lives and living of millions by providing affordable solutions to public health problems impacting the society at a large.
There has been a paradigm shift in the relationship between Government, Academia, Industry, Startups and Civil Society. The Department has made special efforts to contribute through its various programmes to the National Missions launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister-Swasth Bharat, Swatch Bharat, Startup India, Make in India and Digital India. The Department through its Public Sector Undertaking-BIRAC has created a vibrant ecosystem for innovation to thrive in our country.
Our continuous effort is to engage with all stakeholders as we move forward in our journey to make India a US$100b Bioeconomy by 2025.