04 January 2015 :: Scientific research to address various global issues related to the bio-medical, agricultural, and environmental sciences require significant funding and infrastructural support. However, a true passion for science coupled with strong determination, well thought out strategies, and unique management and leadership skills can bypass the need of such conventional requirements.
Limca Book of Records ( LBR ), the “Indian equivalent to the Guinness Book of World Records” has identified and recognized the Institute of Integrative Omics and Applied Biotechnology ( IIOAB ) and its founder Debmalya Barh for such a unique achievement that was featured in the Education Section of the recently published 25th anniversary edition of LBR.
IIOAB is a first-of-its-kind virtual multidisciplinary research organization in India that was registered in 2008 at Nonakuri, Purba Medinipur, WB. Barh’s innovative strategies brought together more than 400 eminent researchers from nearly 100 top institutes across 35-40 countries to address various bio-medical, agricultural, and environmental issues with global impacts including cancer, neurosciences, metabolic disorders, infectious diseases, renewable energy etc, without using any funding support or infrastructure. The research outcomes of IIOAB are comparable to any sponsored research institute having state-of-the-art infrastructures, generous funding support, and significant human resources. The organization is now well-known to the global scientific communities.
“IIOAB and Debmalya’s working strategies are path breaking and an inspiration to researchers across the world; I am proud to be associated with IIOAB” said Prof. Preetam Ghosh from Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. Prof. Kenneth Blum of College of Medicine, University of Florida who is also widely regarded as the father of psychiatric genetics explains why Debmalya deserves such a great honour. According to him, “key behind the success is his strong determination, leadership skills, and strategic management abilities”. Prof. Vasco Azevedo from UFMG, Brazil and Prof. Anil Kumar, HOD, Biotechnology, Devi Ahilya University, India request Govt. and Private sectors to support the initiatives of IIOAB for its future development and accomplishing its ambitious research mission to serve science and mankind.