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Use science & technology for societal benefits: Ashok Panda

Bhubaneswar, Feb 11: Science and technology applications have tremendous potential for improving the humankind and society at large, said Science and Technology Minister Ashok Panda at the 31st Foundation Day of the Institute of Life Sciences here today.

Panda complemented the research work of the institution in the field of biotechnology and life sciences and mentioned that several initiatives of ILS have significant relevance to Odisha in the field of health and disease management, nutritional and agriculture improvement.

The Minster said that the State Government is working closely with the ILS and have recently supported for establishment of a ‘Biotechnology Incubator’ for promoting entrepreneurial ecosystem in Odisha in the field of biotechnology and life sciences.

ILS Director Dr Ajay Parida spoke on the achievements of ILS and mentioned that the scientists and students of ILS have published more than 50 research papers, obtained three patents, commercialized two products and received many awards and recognition including 15 students obtaining their Ph.D. degree.

Utkal University Vice Chancellor Dr. Soumendra Patnaik mentioned that the initiative of ILS on tribal health and nutrition is an important area of research and hoped that the research will lead to significant outcomes.

NISEE Director Dr Sudhakar Panda complemented ILS and mentioned about the work of ILS is carrying out for the economic empowerment of the tribal farmers specifically in the Nabarangapur district.

AIIMS Director Dr Gitanjali mentioned that ILS and AIIMS have recently signed an MOU and said both the institutions are working towards specific research programs in the area of cancer biology and infectious diseases.

Ravenshaw University Vice-Chancellor Prof Ishan Patra hoped that ILS will be a guiding force in the state for improving the biotechnology ecosystem of the country.

On the occasion, the guests released the annual report of ILS, the newsletter and gave away the prizes to best employee of the year and the best researchers of ILS.

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