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Cabinet nod for biotech institute at Faridabad

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Union Cabinet on Thursday gave its nod for the establishment of a UNESCO regional centre for training and education in Biotechnology at Faridabad on the outskirts of Delhi with a revised budget of Rs. 99.55 crore.

The Centre would act as an Asian regional hub for inter-disciplinary education and training in biotechnology, with emphasis on novel educational programmes relevant to the industry, including drug discovery science, nano-science and medicine, imaging techniques, designer crops, bioengineering and biomaterials, and intellectual property, technology transfer and regulation.

An official spokesperson said it would also work towards designing novel programmes for education and training, which could then be assimilated by existing universities in the country and the region. Collaboration with the UNESCO would ensure gateways to international institutions such as European Molecular Biology Organisation, and the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and usher in skill acquisition in the global context.

Chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Cabinet also gave its nod for the establishment of an engineering and technology institute named after the former Union Minister, Ghani Khan Choudhary, at Malda in West Bengal on the modular pattern of teaching on the lines of the Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology in Punjab. It would begin by offering certificate level courses and graduate to diploma, degree and post-graduate levels over a period of time.

The Cabinet also gave its nod for signing of headquarters agreement with South Asia University. The first session of the University will begin in August 2010. It is being set up here following an inter-governmental agreement signed during the 14th SAARC summit in April last year. The jurisdiction of the university will extend to the entire country as also campuses and centres in other parts of the SAARC region.

Trade Marks Bill

The Cabinet also approved certain modifications to the Trade marks (Amendment) Bill following the recommendations of the Parliamentary standing committee on commerce. The Bill seeks to provide better protection to Indian trade marks in designated countries and promote overall business confidence in the Indian Intellectual Property Rights system globally.

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