CM says govt planning to form task force for drafting new R&D policy

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Bengaluru, Sept 27: A task force headed by B V Bhoomaraddy Technical University Vice Chancellor Dr Ashok Shettar for drafting a new Research and Development (R&D) policy with emphasis on industry, agriculture and food sectors is under the consideration of the State Government, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Monday.

Addressing a function to mark the Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the B V Bhoomaraddy College of Engineering and Technology and KLE Tech Park of the Karnataka Liberal Education (KLE) Technical University at Hubballi, he underscored the need for research and development in agriculture, oil, industry and other key sectors.

Karnataka has 180 R&D Centres under Public and Private Sectors. The State Government is keen to encourage more research and development in agriculture, industry and other key sectors, he said promising to establish regional offices to promote Start-Up ventures in Hubballi and Kalaburgi. Bommai, who himself studied in the BVB Engineering College, said the Rs 2 crore required for completing the improvement of KLE Tech Park will be mobilised through the Old Boys Association of the College.

Recalling his student days at the College, the Chief Minister said he has striving to realise and implement the values and discipline that he imbibed all through his life and said the younger generation must take up their studies seriously by making use of all the facilities and opportunities. Bommai said he was keen to instil scientific temper and make use of technology to bring innovations in the administrations for the larger good of the society. It is necessary to be people-centric and always be with the people to learn the problems and challenges of poverty, education and health, he said.

The Chief Minister said his cabinet colleague, the large and medium industry minister Murugesh R Nirani had made use of the policy changes brought in Prime Minister Narendra Modi in allowing 20% ethanol production in sugar factories.

Nirani, in his speech, said when he was a student at the College there were around 500 to 600 students. But it has now developed into a reputed institution with over 6,000 students and many of the alumnus of the college have become successful entrepreneurs.

KLE Society Working President Dr Prabhakar Kore, who presided over the function, felicitated the Chief Minister and Industry Minister as both were old tudents of the college.

Handloom, Textiles and Sugar Minister Shankar Patil Munenakoppa attended the function. Dr Ashok Shettar welcomed.

Forensic Science Laboratories in 6 cities The Chief Minister, who participated in various functions of the police department, said forensic science laboratories will be established in Hubballi-Dharwad, Mysuru, Kalaburgi and three other cities in the State to ensure speedy detection and improve effective handling of the crime cases.

Bommai said he has already discussed the need for establishing 6 forensic science laboratories in the State with Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The Chief Minister also promised to establish a separate training institute for junior level police officers to provide training on the lines of the National Defence Academy at Kakakvasla in Pune.

Police Officers on the new concept of Officer on the Crime Scene are being appointed in the State besides recruitment of 16,000 constables and sub-inspectors, he said. Bommai said the State Government proposes to establish 500 police stations all over the State in the next five years and also construct 10,000 residential quarters besides setting Dog Kennel Centres for training of dogs in police detection work.

Home Minister Araga Jnanendra said foundation stones for constructing police stations, mobile stations and residential quarters in the Dharwad district at a total cost of Rs 21 crore have been laid and declared that the State Government wants to put an end to online lottery and gambling in the State.




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