MP and Chairman of Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gases Prahlad Joshi addressing a gathering at a conference on ‘Environmental Bio-Technology’ in Visakhapatnam on Thursday
MP and Chairman of Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gases Prahlad Joshi addressing a gathering at a conference on ‘Environmental Bio-Technology’ in Visakhapatnam on Thursday

Visakhapatnam: To make India self-sufficient in bio-technology, the universities should pro-actively facilitate its students about nuances in the sector to increase the country’s two per cent share in global market, said MP and Chairman of Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gases Prahlad Joshi.

He delivered the inaugural speech at the conference on ‘Environmental Bio-Technology’ (EBIO -2017) at Andhra University here on Thursday.
Addressing a gathering at a three-day international conference being organised by Andhra University in collaboration with OMICS Publishing Group, Prahlad Joshi said as the bio-energy is certainly becoming a greater part of the global energy mix, the Central government has been focusing on promoting a combination of different bio-mass feed stock, including both feed and non-feed crops, to boost the bio-energy supply chain for generating clean power.

The government has been investing substantially for creating human capital and infrastructure with special focus on research and development to transform the country into world-class bio- manufacturing hub, the MP said. Earlier, Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G Nageshwar Rao said: “Progress and pollution are two sides of the same coin. Hence, to bring down pollution levels, steps should be taken.” He hoped that something useful for environment and development will emerge out of the conference.

Pulsus Group CEO Gedela Srinu Babu said bio-technology and health sectors were performing best. Later, MLC PVN Madhav felt that the researchers and experts should come up with solutions for the pollution problems in the city. AUCE Principal Prof P Avadhani spoke on the occasion. IIPE Director VSRK Prasad, Indian Economic Trade Organisation executive president Hendricks, Prof Sri Ram Reddy, Dr NM Yugandhar were present.