02 Nov 2021

Inauguration of Advanced Supercomputing Facility at NABI by Dr. Jitendra Singh Honble Minister of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences

In a major step towards R&D excellence, Hon’ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Jitendra Singh inaugurated the advanced 650 terraflops supercomputing facility at National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI), Mohali on 2nd November 2021 through online mode. The facility has come up under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) in collaboration with C-DAC, Pune. Established & funded by Department of Science & Technology (DST) with an approximate cost of Rs. 20 crore, this high-end facility will be helpful in the analysis of large scale genomics, functional genomics and structural genomics data. This 650 terraflops supercomputing facility will be a unique in catering the needs of the interdisciplinary cutting-edge research being carried out at the Institute related to Agricultural and Nutritional Biotechnology.  

Prof. Ashwani Pareek, Executive Director, NABI and Chief Executive Officer, CIAB welcomed the Hon’ble Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh and other dignitaries to NABI and CIAB. Speaking to the gathering, Prof. Ashwani Pareek mentioned that this supercomputer facility will be available for the scientists of NABI and CIAB as well as will be open to collaborative work for the scientists/faculties working in the neighboring institutes/universities and for the few projects sanctioned under NSM. This high-end facility will be a boon for the analysis of BIG DATA accruing from the large-scale genomics, functional genomics, structural genomics and population studies being carried out at various Institutes and universities of national and international repute.

Following the inauguration, Dr. Jitendra Singh, also launched two digital working platforms i.e. NABI-Labify and e-Office at NABI & CIAB under the ‘Digital India’ Initiative. NABI-Labify is a unique software that facilitates the live tracking of funds, which are sanctioned for purchase of equipment, consumable, manpower, extramural projects etc. Whereas, e-Office is a digital workplace platform, that streamlines and speedup the working of files through digital mode and adds more transparency to the system. These are the key initiatives by NABI and CIAB towards empowering digital institutional activities under the mission ‘Digital India’.


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