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SKUAST-J holds first Institutional Biosafety Committee meeting
9/19/2017 10:59:35 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Sept 19: The first Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBSC) meeting of SKUAST-Jammu was organised under the Chairmanship of Dr. VK Razdan, Professor (Plant Pathology) in the Central Library, Chatha.
The IBSC, SKUAST-Jammu is registered with Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India and is framed to advise on feasibility of conducting recombinant DNA (rDNA) technology research for developing genetically modified crops/animals/microbes.
The IBSC is authorized to monitor the implementation of biosafety norms in the institutes/universities carrying out recombinant DNA technology research.
Dr. V.K. Razdan briefed about the mandates of the IBSC and outlined the agenda items scheduled to be discussed in the meeting. Dr. R.K. Salgotra delivered a talk on the Biosafety issues and guidelines as laid down by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India; and emphasized the role of IBSC in implementing the guidelines.
Thread bare discussions were held on J&K State Govt.'s queries regarding conduct of limited field trials on GM crop varieties in maize, rice, pigeon pea, mustard, chickpea, etc. with respect to different transformation events. The Committee members stressed upon all the researchers engaged in recombinant DNA technology research to strcitly follow DBT guidelines and seek permission of IBSC before starting research work involving DNA. In the second technical session, Dr. Kuldeep Singh delivered an expert lecture on conservation of genomic resources for food security. The proceedings of the meeting were recorded by Dr. Manmohan Sharma and Dr. Susheel Sharma.
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