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Govt nod for Borlaug Institute for S Asia in India

posted Sep 30, 2011, 11:44 PM by Puneet Goyal
New Delhi: Cabinet today gave the nod for setting up the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA), so-named in honour of famous agronomist and Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug, in the country in collaboration with Mexico-based International Wheat and Maize Improvement Centre. 

"The Cabinet has approved the proposal of Agriculture Ministry to accept the proposal of International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) to establish BISA in India," Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni said during a media briefing here. 

CIMMYT has been authorised to establish the institute with centres at Ludhiana, Punjab; Pusa, Bihar; and Jabalpur, in Madhya Pradesh, she said. 

The Department of Agriculture, Research and Education (DARE) of the Agriculture Ministry will conclude an agreement/Memorandum of Understanding with CIMMYT in this regard, she added. 

Named after famous agronomist and noble laureate Norman Borlaug, the institute will enable the country to harness the best of international science to meet food security challenges, the minister said. 

Soni further said that the BISA will be conferred with international status as contemplated in Clause 3 of the United Nations (Privileges and Immunities) Act, 1947. 

The institute will make India an even bigger centre for agri-research in the world and this, in turn, may attract further research and development investment in India, she added.