Bennett University (Times of India Group) is conducting the first National Seminar on Green Biotechnology and its impact on Indian Economy on February 14, 2019. This seminar aims at providing a platform to various participants from the industry that includes producers, policymakers, academic research institutions, commercial biomass growers, traders, regulators, etc.

The seminar timings are 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM and the venue is Bennett University Campus, Plot No 8-11, TechZone-II, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh – 201310. The seminar is a way for the participants to brainstorm on maximizing outcomes in bio-economy and bio-entrepreneurship through bio-based products and technologies.

The University has invited eminent leaders from this field like Acharya Balkrishna, CEO, Patanjali Ayurved; Mr. Kishore Desai, OSD, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) & NITI Aayog; Mr. Narendra Bhooshan, (IAS), CEO, Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) to share their views and knowledge on the future and direction of the Biotech industry from strategy, planning, evangelisation and industrial application perspective.

Apart from the eminent leaders, a session is also planned for the speakers from prominent biotechnology organisations, including Emami Ltd., Panacea, Dabur India Ltd., Biocon Academy, Mrida, Evolva Biotech, etc.. They will deliberate on themed topics to bring out gaps and opportunities in R&D and biotech education.

The seminar is a part of the scientific collaboration between Bennett University; G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development, Kullu, H.P.; and the Zandu Foundation for Health Care to develop technologies for mass production of quality herbal biomass as per the needs of industry as well as creating entrepreneurial avenues among rural communities.

Why A Seminar On Green Biotechnology?

The degradation of Green Biotechnology has become a major concern. The major reasons for its degradation are due to rapid degradation of the environment caused by pollution intensive industrial processes, products, and technologies. This can be reduced as the bio-based products made entirely or partially from biological biomass present a sustainable alternative to products solely produced by conventional and non-renewable resources. This provides us with a potential for a long-term shift away from fossil-based towards a bio-based economy.

Bennett University has a state-of-the-art infrastructure for Biotechnology research. This helps in not only educate competent professionals but also develop environment-friendly technologies in a sustainable manner. Keeping in view this state-of-the-art infrastructure, the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India has funded a multi-institutional network research program to produce genetically authentic herbal biomass of high-value medicinal herbs and develop engineered production platforms for industrially important phytochemicals.

The seminar is expected to ignite enthusiasm and bring together different stakeholders from the biotechnology industry to deliberate on maximizing entrepreneurial avenues among rural communities, right from the production of biomass to the processing of bio-based products and their marketing. The national seminar is structured in two sessions with expert panel discussions on Biomass Production, Bio-based Products & Rural Entrepreneurship; and Biotech Professionals in the 21st Century.

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