Three-day Global Lab Expo-2014 kickstarted on the premises of Farookha Khalsa Senior Secondary School on Saturday. The expo, which is being organised by Ambala Scientific Instruments Manufactures Association (ASIMA), will last till December 8.
ASIMA president Ramesh Nagpal said that in this fifth edition of the expo, over 85 exhibitors from all over the country have displayed their products and technologies.
Speaking on the occasion, health and sports minister Anil Vij said that Ambala was known for its century old small scale science industry. "The universities, colleges, research laboratories and schools across the country work on the instruments manufactured here,"he said.
Vij blamed the 'apathy'of the successive governments for 'no'growth of the industrial sector in Ambala. He said that the cluster of industrial plots would be developed as mini industrial area to give boost to the small scale science industry.
"Despite odds, the industry has sustained here due to entrepreneurial skills of locals. The industrialists have got little assistance from the governments. Now the time has changed and all the government schemes will be implemented in a transparent manner,"said the health and sports minister.
Anil Vij said that the Saha Industrial Growth Centre, which was conceived by him in 1999, had not been developed to the potential and no heavy industry had come there in one and a half decade.
He also announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh to ASIMA from his discretionary fund. Earlier, ASIMA president while welcoming the minister said that Ambala Cant was the hub of scientific instruments with over 1,000 units engaged in this business.
Ramesh Nagpal said that the annual turnover was over Rs 1,200 crore and Rs 400 crore being the export component.
He said that the objective of the exposition was to create awareness among the micro and small scale entrepreneurs to exchange technology for betterment.