New Delhi: Petroleum Minister and Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today delivered a special address on the occasion of the 32nd Foundation Day celebrations of the Institute of Life Sciences, Bhubaneswar. Congratulating ILS, Bhubaneswar for the significant milestone in the glorious journey of the Institute, Pradhan said that their dedication and efforts will continue to meet the expectations and benefit society.
Pradhan said that Odisha’s coastline has been in focus for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a blue economy. He requested Dr Harsh Vardhan that a Centre of Excellence on Marine Biotechnology at ILS be set up which will help unlock the true potential of a marine-led sustainable economic growth in Odisha.
Pradhan expressed satisfaction at ILS working to create a visible impact on lives and livelihoods of the people of Odisha. He particularly appreciated ILS’s work in the aspirational district of Nabrangpur in Odisha. He also expressed happiness at ILS expanding its activities to other parts of eastern and north-eastern India.
“Hon. Prime Minister is very clear that unless the eastern part of India comes on equal footing compared to other parts of the country, the country’s prosperity cannot be achieved”, he further added.
Pradhan complimented Dr. Harsh Vardhan for effective handling of the COVID-19 pandemic under the leadership of Hon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also complimented ILS for playing a crucial role in the fight against the pandemic.