Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma along with union minister of education, skill development and entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated a technology incubation centre at Assam Biotech Park, Amingaon in Guwahati. He also inaugurated a three-day Assam biotech conclave-2022.
The chief minister also launched a programme “Shayamalima Kamrup”, a massive plantation drive in the Kamrup district. Under the programme, three lakh saplings will be planted in the district to increase green coverage.
In the same programme, young innovative awards and lifetime achievement awards were also presented. To recognise the outstanding contributions of scientists and innovative minds, the Assam government has been conferring state science awards since 2017.
Sarma along with union minister Dharmendra Pradhan presented the young innovative entrepreneur award to Siddharth Arora – best young innovative entrepreneur award, Ananya Barman – best young women entrepreneur award and Kaustoov Gopal Goswami – best young innovative entrepreneur award Northeast. Moreover, the awards for the year 2020 were presented to Joyanti Chutia (lifetime achievement award), the young scientist award to Hemen Kalita and the institutional award to the Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology. The award for the year 2021 was presented to Late Dhiraj Bora (lifetime achievement award) and the young scientist award to Rupam Goswami.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Sarma said that he felt very happy to inaugurate the technology incubation centre at Assam Biotech Park which he believed would be helpful in encouraging the entrepreneurial culture among the students and professionals from the initial stage of their curriculum to equip them with potentials to become job provider rather than a job seeker. He also said that the venture would be a catalyst to create momentum toward sustainable development in the state.
The CM also said that his government has given a lot of emphasis to create a balance between economy and ecology. He, therefore, said that the programme ‘Shayamalima Kamrup’ where an extensive plantation drive would be launched will be replicated across the state to create a green environment to support sustainable development in the state.
Sarma synchronising with the occasion also released Assam Biotech Policy 2022-27. He said that his government is according top priority for the growth of biotechnology which according to him will play a pivotal role in future development. He also said that under the dynamic leadership of the Prime Minister, India has made tremendous efforts in promoting bioscience research, entrepreneurship and creating an ecosystem of start-up ventures.
He said that in line with Assam Biotech Policy, the state government will also formulate and release a start-up policy for encouraging a robust platform of startup avenues in the state.
He thanked union minister Dharmendra Pradhan for his ministry’s help and his presence which according to him would enable the state to script new success stories in collaborative ventures between the Assam government and central institutions like IIT Guwahati.
Dharmendra Pradhan, Assam minister for science and technology Keshab Mahanta also spoke on the occasion.