CHANDIGARH AUGUST 21: Dr. Kiran Mazumdar, Chairperson and Managing Director of M/S Biocom Ltd. Bangalore called on Punjab Chief Minister Mr. Parkash Singh Badal here late last evening and shown keep interest to set up its R&D center in Punjab with an investment near Rs. 100 crore having an employment potential for about 200 scientists.
Dr. Mazumdar emphasized the need to chalk out a joint action programme to involve state’s Industry with Universities to work together for overcoming all the practical hardships being faced by both the sectors in the field of Bio-Technology, added that the clinical research in the medical units must be promoted with the involvement of Pharmaceutical Industry. This would also boost the local Industry to work in unison with educational institutes in the arena of Biotechnology as a partner.
Taking part in the deliberations, Mr. Badal said that the Punjab was taking major initiative for the promotion of Biotechnology in the state including the setting up of National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute, Bio-Processing Unit and Biotechnology Park in Knowledge City, Mohali. He assured Dr. Mazumdar that state government would extend fulsome support and cooperation to them for setting up of Biocom’s R&D unit in Punjab.
Prominent among others who were present on the occasion included Science & Technology, Environment and Information & Public Relations Minister Mr. Bikram Singh Majithia, Vice Chairman, Punjab State Planning Board Prof. J.S. Bajaj, , Punjab Chief Secretary Mr. RI Singh, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. D.S. Guru, Additional Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Mr. A.K. Mahajan, Secretary Industries and Commerce Mr. S.S. Channi, Secretary Science & Technology and Non-Conventional Energy Mr. A.S. Chhatwal, Managing Director PIDB Dr. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu and Chief Administrative GMADA Mr. Vivek Partap Singh besides the senior functionaries from different departments.