Establishment of Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) with centres at Ludhiana in Punjab, Pusa in Bihar and Jabalpur in MP

New Delhi, 30 September 2011

The Union Cabinet today approved the proposal of Ministry of Agriculture and Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) to accept the proposal of International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) to establish an international institute, namely, Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) in India with centres at Ludhiana in Punjab, Pusa (Samastipur) in Bihar and Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.

CIMMYT is authorised to establish BISA at three centres- one each at Punjab, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. BISA will be conferred an international status as contemplated in clause 3 of United Nations (Privileges and Immunities) Act, 1947. The Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) on behalf of Government of India will be authorised in all matters regarding establishment of the institute. DARE will be authorised to conclude the agreement/MOU between the Government of India in the DARE and CIMMYT.

The establishment of BISA in India will enable India to harness the best of international science, in meeting food security challenges. India would be able to rapidly and effectively absorb the research output of BISA thus benefiting farmers of the country. A major International R&D institution will make India even a bigger centre for agricultural research in the world and this, in turn, may attract further research & development investment in the country.

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