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University-Industry Council Symposium concludes
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Mar 27(NPN)
Published on 28 Mar. 2010 1:21 AM IST
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The 5th University-Industry Council Symposium organized by Nagaland University (NU) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at School of Engineering and Technology and School of Management Studies, DC Court junction, Dimapur concluded on Saturday. The aim of this Symposium was to reach out to often neglected areas of the country and build synergies between the universities and industry.
On Saturday, the session started with discussion on using the rich bio-diversity of Northeast to create a sustainable Bio Tech Industry base and explore the traditional knowledge to establish modern pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Anil C Ghosh, CEO Guwahati Biotech Park and Adviser Biotechnology, government of Assam was the moderator and the panelists included Professor PN Ghosh, vice chancellor Jadavpur University; Professor AN Lahiri Majumder, senior professor Bose Institute; Dr. SK Borthakur, professor and head department of Botany Guwahati University and Dr. TC Bora, head Bio-Technology department NEIST.
Discussing on bamboo as a panacea for the Northeast, vice chancellor of NU Professor K. Kannan said northeast being a earthquake prone region was the need of the hour to highlight bamboo structure and to discover more usage of bamboo in the region.
It may be mentioned that bamboo is found extensively in Nagaland. It is found in parts of the districts of Dimapur, Peren, Mon and Mokokchung. About 5% of the growing stock of bamboo of the country is in Nagaland which is about 4,48,000 hectares. The State announced its bamboo policy on March 15 and with it Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency (NBDA) established to undertake the programmes and activities of bamboo with objective to foster in ecological security and economic growth through development and utilization of the bamboo resources.
Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre (NBRC) at Dimapur had been conceptualized and established as centre of excellence for facilitating technology and information for resource and enterprise developments, creating awareness on the potentials of bamboo, building the capacity of bamboo farmers and entrepreneurs, house pilot demonstrative bamboo processing units for entrepreneurs to train on.

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