GUWAHATI, Sept 19 - With a vision to promote business in biotechnology and allied areas through entrepreneurship development, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today laid the foundation stone of the Technology Incubation Centre of Guwahati Biotech Park at Amingaon.
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 utilise local human resources.
�We have inherent skills in organic farming. Assam and the Northeast are rich in natural resources and its biodiversity has the potential to capture the markets of the entire South East Asia through concentration in the organic sector. Biotechnological interventions can immensely help us in becoming an organic hub,� Sonowal said while speaking at the foundation-laying ceremony.
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 Centre.
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 Centre 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.