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Pradhan writes to Union IT Minister to set up CoE on marine biotechnology at ILS Bhubaneswar

17/02/2021 at 11:27 AM

Bhubaneswar, Feb 17: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan wrote to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan requesting to set up a CoE on marine biotechnology at Institute of Life Sciences (ILS) in Bhubaneswar.

“World-famous sites like Puri Jagnnath Temple, Konark Sun temple. Chilika Lake and Bhitarkanika National Park form the backbone of Odisha’s tourism and allied industry. Projects like the expansion and development of Parodip Port, IOCL Paradip refinery, Paradip Smart Port city. Development of Dhamra LNG Terminal, Digha – Gopalpur coastal highway and development of fishing harbours at Paradip and Balasore will unlock the true potential for marine-led economic growth in Odisha and eastern India. 3. As has been reiterated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. Such industrial economic growth must be balanced with ecological conservation. It is essential to invest in the preservation of delicate marine ecosystems such as the nesting sites of the endangered Olive Ridley turtles and mangrove ecosystems while developing novel approaches using marine biotechnology,” Pradhan said in the letter.

“I am made to understand that ILS. Bhubaneswar has been undertaking scientific research in this area with a proven body of publications & patents which have led to favourable outcomes for management of local bio-resources, eco-conservation efforts and optimal marine resource utilization,” he added.

“Keeping in mind the need to balance Odisha’s delicate marine ecosystem with growth of its Blue economy, there is a need for enhanced focus on scientific research. Therefore, I seek your personal intervention for facilitating setting up of a Centre of Excellence on Marine Bio-technology at Institute of Lite Sciences,” Pradhan stated in the letter.

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