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Future progress of our great nation rests in the hands of able scientists: Venkaiah Naidu

Our Bureau, Mumbai
Friday, October 8, 2021, 13:40 Hrs  [IST]

The Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu praised the contribution of the Indian scientific community in nation building and said that the future progress of our country rests in the hands of our able scientists.

He also urged the researchers and scientists to work shoulder to shoulder along with other important groups to make India a Vishwaguru once again.

Addressing the gathering at a the national Seminar on ‘Bioeconomy from Bioresources of North Eastern Region of India’ organized by the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) in Imphal, the Vice President opined that rational thinking and scientific temper are the cornerstones of a progressive nation. “You are endowed with the requisite education, training, focus and discipline to apply pragmatic scientific knowledge for fast-tracking the country’s all-round development,” he said to the scientists present.

Stressing that India’s development is incomplete without development of the North Eastern Region, the Vice President said that the Central Government has been according priority to the North East by adopting a multi dimensional approach for the all round development of the region. He urged all states to work along with the Center in the true spirit of Team India for growth and prosperity. Reiterating that peace is prerequisite to progress, he said that there can not be any compromise on the unity and integrity of the nation.

The Vice President also inaugurated the phyto-pharmaceutical lab facility at Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development. Observing that the North-Eastern region is a biodiversity hotspot with its rich variety of ecosystems, Naidu praised IBSD for managing the bioresources of the region for sustainable development using modern biotechnological tools.

He also expressed his happiness that ISBD, an institution under the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) is promoting the Phyto-pharmaceutical Mission of North- Eastern Region.

The Mission that aims to promote the documentation, scientific validation and evaluation of traditional healthcare practices is an important step and assumes special significance in the context of the vast plant resources and diverse traditional healthcare practices of the North-East. “I am glad to know that ISBD is also focusing on the promotion of start-ups based on the development of herbal medicinal products such as Ayush drugs, phyto-pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, among others. This is indeed the need of the hour,” he said.

Noting that the phyto-pharmaceutical mission will focus mainly on therapeutic areas like antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and insect repellents, the Vice President opined that this would help in popularizing traditional healthcare practices and would also aid in the development of effective alternative herbal medicines to combat diseases like Covid-19. “I am certain that the move to target high quality volatile oil producing plants under this programme will attract more farmers to commercial cultivation of aromatic plants of this region,” he added.

The Vice President exuded confidence that transformational approaches in developing products, processes and technologies with local bioresources will help in development of traditional knowledge-based therapeutic agents leading to the socio-economic development of the region as well as benefits to traditional health care practitioners.


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