NABI celebrated 8th Foundation day

National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI) celebrated its 8th Foundation Day on 18th Feburary, 2018. This is an autonomous institute aided by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, carrying out research in the area of biotechnological applications at the interphase of agriculture, food processing, quality and nutrition. A distinguished gathering of more than 200 individuals including heads of the institutes, faculty and students from the Tricity region attended the function. Padma Bhushan, Prof. G. Padmanaban, Former Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore was the Chief Guest on the occassion and gave Foundation day Lecture on “Agri-Biotechnology for Food, Nutrition and Health Security”. He emphasized the need to use modern biotechnological approaches to improve productivity of food crop in India. He mentioned that India is a top producer of food grains in the World, but is still lacking behind in terms of productivity (per hectare), when compared to Western world. He also narrated his work on Curcumin and its role in preventing malaria infection and various issues related to GM crops & Genome editing technologies and their Dr. T.R. Sharma, Executive Director, NABI highlighted the achievements of NABI scientists and mentioned that NABI is poised to play an important role in generating world class knowledge in the area of food and health security. NABI is working on the strategies to make wheat and banana, a better source of micronutrients, which will help in reducing malnutrition problems in larger secetion of Indian population. The scientists in the food technology area are working to develop better balanced funtional food products, said Dr. Sharma. Dr. B.S Dhillon, Vice Chancellor, PAU, Ludhiana, was the Guest of Honor on the the 8th Foundation Day of NABI. He appreciated the overall achievements of NABI and emphasized the need of working for nutritional improvement of food crops.