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Guwahati : The Government of Assam inked two memoranda of understanding (MoU) with the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) in Guwahati on June 27.
Principal Secretary Home and Political Niraj Verma on behalf of Government of Assam and Dr. K. Thangaraj on behalf of the CDFD signed the agreement for collaboration in the field of forensic sciences. While Commissioner and Secretary, Medical Education and Research Siddharth Singh singed the MoU on behalf of the State government with the CDFD in the fields of healthcare and diagnostic services to facilitate joint initiatives for research programmes, academic programmes and workshops, supervision and exchange of students and patient care services.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Dr. Sarma said that State government’s understanding with the CDFD will have far reaching impact in building a crime-free, secured and healthy society in the state. Referring to the Guwahati Campus of National Forensic Science University in North Guwahati for which foundation stone was already laid by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the Chief Minister said that the campus besides empowering the state in forensic science will also provide training and skill development to the Police, Judiciary and Forensic Scientists.
The Chief Minister also said that as a part of the MoU on forensic sciences CDFD will provide DNA profiling training for human identification purposes to the scientific and technical staff of the Directorate of Forensic Science, Assam.
Dr. Sarma also said that the MoU on healthcare and diagnostic services will help in joint research programmes where in faculty from both Assam Government and CDFD can collaborate on projects based on mutual interests. He also said that the agreement will be immensely helpful for Ph.D students as scholars from Assam can be co-supervised by faculty members from CDFD. Both Assam Government and CDFD will facilitate the visit of their respective faculty and students to engage in scientific research and training, the Chie Minister added.
Dr. Sarma said that these agreements should prepare the inroads for more collaboration between Assam Government and Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics as he requested CDFD for setting up a Centre in Assam. The Centre the Chief Minister believes besides meeting the needs of all North Eastern states will address the needs of the countries of South East Asia including Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar.
Science and Technology Minister Keshab Mahanta, Chief Secretary Paban Kumar Borthakur, DGP GP Singh, VC Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences Dr. Dhruba Jyoti Bora, senior government officers and host of others were present on the occasion.