23rd February, 2015, Hyderabad
“Transfer of genetic material across taxonomical groups is now possible that can transform the life of the society,” said Dr E. Haribabu, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, during his address as Chief Guest in the inaugural session of the 18th ADNAT Convention Symposium on “Genetic Engineering of Agricultural Crops and Livestock: Current Status, Social, Ethical and Regulatory Issues” at the University of Hyderabad on 23rd February, 2015. “However, genetic engineering has legal , social, and patent issues that need to be addressed for the technology to get popularized. The other important facet of genetic engineering is in cattle that play an important part in farming systems. Risk is another facet of genetic engineering that has to be considered before any technology is transferred for commercial use”, he added.
Dr Lalji Singh, Former Vice-Chancellor, Banaras Hindu University, Former Director, CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology and currently the President of ADNAT said “Technology is driving science today, and India has to develop its own technology to stay ahead.”
“Sensitization of the citizens and exploitation of system biology that is considered as the future of science biology is of paramount importance,” said Dr D. Rama Rao, Director, ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad during his address. He emphasized on the need of a policy dialogue so that the benefits of genetic engineering will benefit the society at large.
The Symposium is spread over six sessions, namely, ‘Current Methods of Plant Genetic Manipulation and Stresses,’ ‘Resistance to Plant Biotic Stresses,’ ‘Biotechnology —Myths and Facts,’ ‘Abiotic Stresses Tolerance in Plants,’ ‘Plant Biotechnology,’ ‘Animal Genetic Engineering,’ ‘Current Status and Biosafety, Ethical and Regulatory Issues. ‘ The Symposium is jointly organized by the Association for the Promotion of DNA Fingerprinting and Other DNA Technologies (ADNAT), the ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad and the University of Hyderabad and will conclude on 25 Feb 2015.
(Source: ICAR-National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad)