The Assam government has started a process to set up a technology incubation center at Guwahati Biotech Park, seeking to promote new businesses in biotechnology and allied areas.
The new initiative would facilitate faster penetration of biotech industry and accelerate research and development activities in biotechnology and related fields with effective utilization of the rich natural resources and also utilize local human resources.
“Assam and the Northeast are rich in natural resources and its biodiversity holds potential to capture the markets of the entire Southeast Asia through concentration in the organic sector,” chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said while speaking at a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the project.
“Biotechnological interventions can immensely help us in becoming an organic hub,” he added.
To create a scientific ecosystem in the region, the Chief Minister urged the students and the youth to build scientific mentality and take the benefits of science and technological initiatives of the government.
The Chief Minister also outlined his vision for making Guwahati the gateway to South East Asia and various initiatives mooted for materializing the same, including State Capital Region and the proposed World Trade Center.
Science and Technology Minister Keshab Mahanta said that already an area measuring 64 bighas of land has been earmarked for setting up permanent campus of Guwahati Biotech Park at Amingaon.
Rs 35 crore has been sanctioned for the construction of the Technology Incubation Center and work for the same is expected to be completed in 2019.
Mahanta said the Guwahati Biotech Park would support incubation, business, etc., and develop exclusive business and industrial zones.
This would benefit college and university students for research and business. He said the government would soon start construction of a Science City at Sonapur.