New Delhi: Cabinet today gave the nod for
setting up the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA),
so-named in honour of famous agronomist and Nobel laureate
Norman Borlaug, in the country in collaboration with
Mexico-based International Wheat and Maize Improvement Centre.
"The Cabinet has approved the proposal of Agriculture
Ministry to accept the proposal of International Maize and
Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) to establish BISA in India,"
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni said
during a media briefing here.
CIMMYT has been authorised to establish the institute
with centres at Ludhiana, Punjab; Pusa, Bihar; and Jabalpur,
in Madhya Pradesh, she said.
The Department of Agriculture, Research and Education
(DARE) of the Agriculture Ministry will conclude an
agreement/Memorandum of Understanding with CIMMYT in this
regard, she added.
Named after famous agronomist and noble laureate Norman
Borlaug, the institute will enable the country to harness the
best of international science to meet food security
challenges, the minister said.
Soni further said that the BISA will be conferred with
international status as contemplated in Clause 3 of the United
Nations (Privileges and Immunities) Act, 1947.
The institute will make India an even bigger centre for
agri-research in the world and this, in turn, may attract
further research and development investment in India, she