Ficci suggests formation of independent biotech body

New Delhi, Jan 30 | Updated: Jan 31 2005, 05:30am hrs
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) has suggested the establishment of an independent statutory national body to ensure standardisation in biotechnology education and training.

The proposed Biotechnology Council of India (BCI), on the lines of the Medical Council of India (MCI), should be entrusted with the task of granting recognition to those institutions, that meet standards like adequately equipped laboratories, infrastructure, availability of qualified and trained teaching staff, etc, that are essential for a focussed education in biotechnology, it said.

According to Ficci, the proposed BCI could actively create educational resources, self-training modules, information about advanced courses, research and fellowship opportunities, and links to various conferences and meetings around the world.

Ficci said that the Indian biotech industry is expected to grow to $1.45 billion in 2005-06, and then to $9 billion in 2007-08. Over the next few years, India is slated to become a major centre for custom research, and clinical and biological services.

Therefore, it is important to create a learning programme in biotechnology and its ancilliary fields, Ficci said.