Two-day meet on biotechnology projects at Thiruvalluvar University

Published: 17th December 2012 10:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th December 2012 10:13 AM   |  A+A-

The Thiruvalluvar University would host a two-day meeting of a task force on biotech products and process developments of the Biotechnology Department of Ministry of Science and Technology on Monday and Tuesday.

Thirty one new research proposals and seven ongoing researches from across the country would be presented before the 15-member task force during the meet.

One of the 11 bodies established by the Biotechnology Department, the task force on biotech products and development dealt with industrial processes and development of commercially viable products through biotechnological route, said Vice-Chancellor of TU, P Gunasekaran, at a press conference on Sunday.

“The meeting is organised to provide an opportunity to the University to bring itself to national academic visibility,” said the VC. He added that it was aimed at providing a platform for research scholars, professors and students of the University to gain first-hand information on funding sources to take up researches.

The committee would look into the proposals of participants from various institutions and universities. “The committee will look into the projects and refer to the various funding agencies to support the project financially,” he noted.

Co-Chairman of the task force, Ashok Pandey, said that they would support potential projects financially and also help researchers commercialise it. “The project will be evaluated on two  levels and taken into consideration for funding. It should be recognised by three experts before being presented before the committee,” he said.

There was no limit for funding for the projects, he said and added that they had commercialised four such products and processes in the year 2011.


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