India soon to get its first DNA park

DQW Bureau
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The country is all set to get its first DNA/Bioinformatics park soon. While

Mumbai and Chennai have been identified as ‘pos-sible’ destinations, Pune

rema-ins a strong contender with its ‘unique configuration of skill sets and

collaborative strengths’.

"An initiative of the Depart-ment of Information Techno-logy (DIT) and

Ministry of Communication and Informa-tion Technology (MCIT), the project

includes one or more parks under the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI)

scheme to cater to the health related needs of the health sciences

industry," said Kamal-kant Jaiswal, IT secretary, Government of India.

Jaiswal was in Pune to deliver the keynote address at the conference

organized by TiE on the topic–‘Pune’s potential to be the knowledge

capital of India’. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the conference,

Jaiswal said that the park would be set up to facilitate the export of bio-IT

solutions and attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the field of IT and

health sciences.


Although he did not specify the name, Jaiswal said that the government had

engaged a team of global consultants to identify the nature of scope of

infrastructure and services that such a park could offer its users. A report is

expected within the next six months. The park would provide facilities for

high-end super computing, software development, wet lab studies, educational and

train-ing facility and a national reso-urce centre, he added.

According to Jaiswal, "The park would also address requi-rements such as

sharing and pooling of data across global resources, while maintaining security,

retrieving and integra-ting diverse data across a vari-ety of scientific

domains, add-ing new data sources without new software development and enabling

real-time access to data without building and managing database warehouse.

It would also offer services such as computational model-ing and deep

computing for genetic and cellular research, deep computing for clinical tri-als,

grid computing for resou-rce and data sharing and pro-tein folding simulations.

The potential tenant groups in this parks would include pharma-ceutical

companies, drug discovery companies, healthc-are companies, contract resea-rch

companies and IT hardware and software companies and government R & D labs

among others.


According to Jaiswal, the Indian market size for bio-IT solutions has been

pegged at $ 15 million, which is poised to grow to $ 120 million by 2006. He

believed that the Indian bio-IT industry was still in the nascent stage and

therefore the government should take the lead in providing the necessary impetus

for growth in this sector.

The center is also keenly loo-king at cyber security. Jaiswal pointed out the

government has chalked out a broad natio-nal plan to focus on cyber security. As

part of this effort, the first step was to set up the Computer Emergency

Respo-nse Team (CERT). He underlined the need for improving courses in

universities and said that there was a shortfall of 77,000 professionals.

"We hope to fill these over the next three years," he said. On the

outsour-cing backlash, he said that American IT Association and NASSCOM are

collaborating to highlight the benefits of outsourcing.

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