In the year 2019, India made some significant leaps in the field of science and technology. India launched “Green Crackers” in its bid to curb air pollution. The First Indigenous Fuel Cell System launched DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill – 2019 was passed by the Lok Sabha. Also, India adopted the redefined global units of measurement of kilogram, kelvin, mole and ampere from 20th May 2019 i.e. the World Metrology Day. The Ministry of Science & Technology announced key missions including Atal Jai Anusandhan Biotech Mission – Undertaking Nationally Relevant Technology Innovation (UNaTI), which is expected to transform health, agriculture and energy sectors during the next 5 years. This mission included GARBH-ini – a mission to promote maternal and child health and develop prediction tools for pre-term berth, IndCEPI – a mission to develop affordable vaccines for endemic diseases, development of biofortified and protein rich wheat – contributing to POSHAN Abhiyan, mission on Anti Microbial Resistance for affordable diagnostics and therapeutics and Clean Energy Mission – innovative technology interventions for Swachh Bharat. The missions were announced on the occasion of the 33rd foundation day of the Department of Biotechnology in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, in New Delhi on 26th February with the theme as “Celebrating Biotechnology: Building Indian as an Innovation Nation”.
The bill was passed on 8th January by the lower house of Parliament in a landmark decision. The Bill has been formulated recognizing the need for regulation of the use and application of Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) technology, for establishing identity of missing persons, victims, offenders, under trials and unknown deceased persons.
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