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National Institute of Virology being set-up in JK

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Srinagar: The Government of India plans to set- up the regional National Institute of Virology in Jammu & Kashmir.

As part of strengthening pandemic research, the regional National Institute of Virology (NIV) for north zone was to be established in Chandigarh, but would be set-up in Jammu due to land dispute there, a report said.

“This project is to be shifted to Jammu, due to land dispute at Chandigarh,” reads the report of the department-related parliamentary standing committee on Health & Family Welfare.

The report was tabled in the Parliament on March 15, 2023.

According to the report, the location for Jammu NIV is being finalized. “Jammu UT authority has identified one area, which was declared unsuitable by a committee. Now Jammu UT has proposed three more sites. ICMR experts team is scheduled to visit Jammu shortly,” the report states.

According to the report, the land for establishing three other NIVs has been finalized. “Locations for establishing regional NIVs have been finalized except, Jammu. For Jammu, the location is being finalized,” the report states.

The other three NIVs are being established at Dibrugarh, Bengaluru and Jabalpur. (KNO)

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