SELF-RELIANT INDIA IN 21ST CENTURY “THE ERA OF BIOTECHNOLOGY”

Building a self-reliant India is an imperative step towards building a robust economy, resilient infrastructure and a bright future where we are always ready to face any challenges as a society & a nation. One of the important aspects of becoming Self — reliant is developing a strong public healthcare care system with ample resources for diagnosing, containing and treating diseases and keeping the large population healthy and disease — free. This has become particularly evident in the present-day scenario of the Covid -19 pandemic.

Biotechnology as a field of science plays an important role in providing tools to the nation for dealing with and defeating this pandemic. Be it indigenous vaccines, PPE kits, disease diagnosis, drug development, masks, ventilators, thermal scanners etc. India showcased it’s capability in the development of the covid vaccine for itself and the world. This was a 62 Billion $ sector in 2012 and is expected to grow up to a 150 Billion $ by 2025. Thus, Atmanirbhar Bharat or Self — reliant India is a guideline for India to become self — sufficient and hold an important place in the world’s economy.

5 pillars of Self — Reliance Vision and the contribution of Biotechnology in each of these areas:

  1. ECONOMY
  2. INFRASTRUCTURE
  3. TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN SYSTEM
  4. DEMOGRAPHY
  5. DEMAND

ECONOMY

INFRASTRUCTURE

TECHNOLOGY-DRIVEN SYSTEM

DEMOGRAPHY

DEMAND

Another motto included in the vision of Self — reliance was “IPPP” which stands for –

I — INNOVATION

P — PATENTED

P — PRODUCE

P — PROSPER

This is a message for biotechnologists and the scientific community to inspire them to work towards ‘innovation’ and ‘patent’ this knowledge so that we can ‘produce’ unique goods and services to cater to the needs of our countrymen and economy and lead the path towards prosperity.

BIOTECHNOLOGY — A DRIVER OF INNOVATION

Medical biotechnology helps in production of desirable drugs to cure diseases. It also helps in correct diagnosis of ailments. One of the most useful products created in this field was the Recombinant Insulin. In the current pandemic situation, the biotechnologists are working tirelessly to produce vaccines, PPE kits, PCR based diagnostics tools, sanitization related products and machinery and so on.

To sum up, biotechnology is at the fore –front in the war against the Covid — 19 pandemic and is continuously providing tools for a self — reliant and self –sufficient India. Never before has there been a better time for the youth of the country to take up an exceptional career in this vast and fast –growing field and make meaningful contributions to their nation and humanity.

Dr. B. Lal Institute of Biotechnology is one of the top M.Sc & B.Sc Biotechnology colleges in Jaipur, Rajasthan.