BT park will make city a research hub

BT park will make city a research hub

New vistas

A biotechnology park (BT Park) par excellence will be set up under Public Private Partnership few kilometers away from the city at Varuna.
JSS Institution has bagged the project to set up Neutri/Netraceutical and phytopharmaceutical (N2P2) park around the city. Anticipation is that the infrastructure related works would be completed in six months time.

The facility, which would be located across 51.5 acre would have an incubator, a research facility which can be used by other players in the industry to carry out their works, on rent, and other neccessary amenities.

JSS Seer Shivaratri Deshikendra as the guiding force, the project wil have experts such as former CFTRI director Dr V Prakash -- currently Professor Emeritus CSIR at JSS Mahavidyapeetha, along with JSS University Vice Chancellor Dr V Suresh spearheading the project, joined by Director Research Dr Balasubramaniam and
Nagannachar, the project got the nod recently.

Estimated to cost Rs 103.27 cr, the project will be partly funded by the state government.

Boost to industry

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Dr V Suresh said this park will provide boost to the growth of the related industry by over 10 - 12 per cent. “International players are also interested in this project. Herbal farming and neutraceutical farming will arrive big time through this project.

This will also put Mysore on par with serious players in the business arena,” he added.  

Adhereing to the parameters set by Karnataka Vision Group for Bio Technolgy, which is headed by Biocon head Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Dr Balasubramaniam, one of the key persons on board, said:

BT hub

“The park will turn into a BT hub with the unit concentrating on exploring the bioresources available in western ghats plant-based medicines, synthetic chemicals etc. Private players in the sector are interested in knowing more about neutroceuticals which are widely used in health drinks these days, to add energy efficiency into the combinations.”

This apart, the unit will also look at employing cutting-edge technology to preserve nutrients in foods,  new-age packaging methods and increasing shelf-life of food and related materials, in order to meet the food challenges of future.

With home-grown expertise available in abundance from Pharmacy college run by the institute in Ooty, the park also aims at opening new vistas for experts in the area. The project will be completely operational in two years’ time, heralding new wave of research in BT.