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2nd May 2022 (6 Topics)

Arunachal scientist bags two Indian patents


A scientist from the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Bio-resources and Sustainable Development at Kimin in Papumpare district of Arunachal Pradesh has been granted two Indian patents for developing 'Polyherbal formulation for the treatment of painful Diabetic Neuropathy' and 'hybrid cotton patch and a method for its fabrication'.


  • Dr Sanjeeb Kalita, the scientist of the centre below the Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science and Technology (APSCS&T) carried out elementary analysis and growth for each the innovations at Guwahati-based Institute of Advanced Studies in Science and Technology.
  • Both the inventions will have a far-reaching impact on the management of painful diabetic neuropathy and broad-spectrum uses as advanced bandage materials respectively

What is a center of excellence?

  • A COE (Center of Excellence) is a centralized unit of dedicated people with a mission to streamline access to scarce, high-demand capabilities for rapid execution across the business. 
  • A center of excellence (COE) brings together people from different disciplines and provides shared facilities/resources. 
  • It is sometimes called a “competency center” or “capability center” in academia.

Centre of Excellence for Bioresources and Sustainable Development:

  • It has been established within a record period of 3 years, with the unstinted support and grant of Rs 49 crores by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, and Government of India.
  • It is the first-of-its-kind “Centre of Excellence” in the Northeast India.
  • The Centre facilitate development of biodiversity and related sectors like horticulture and agriculture.
  • The CoE is working on developing a framework for protecting community rights over traditional knowledge, aiming to provide benefits at the community level.
  • The centre is working on developing valuable inventions by translational research and development on sustainable utilization of the rich bio-resources of the State.

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