Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology – Will it advance agricultural research in India and bring second green revolution?

The Union Cabinet has recently approved to establish Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology (IIAB) at Ranchi during the 12th five year plan. Apart from running the academic programmes in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Genetic Engineering, Nano Biotechnology, Diagnostics and Prophylactics another important mandate for this institute is to undertake strategic research to develop crops for increased yield and also to provide the research output to agricultural universities and other institutions, to develop the germplasm, vaccines etc. that would enhance productivity and reduce losses.

With the growing demand for food in India, Government believes that the way forward is to harness the benefits of biotechnology that would result in enhancing the food security and in turn improve the farmers incomes too in the future. Government feels there is a need for a focused centre of research for agricultural biotechnology to achieve that. It will also address the shortage of highly trained scientific manpower in the area of agricultural biotechnology in India.

Wish the newly planned Indian Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology achieve success like IITs and IIMs and most importantly fulfill the Government’s vision to bring second green revolution in India through advanced research in agricultural biotechnology.

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