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Nurturing Future Science Leaders on Friday, 30- August, 2019

Department of Biotechnology announces the webinar series, with the aim to promote biotechnology by reaching out to a larger audience. This includes students, young researchers and scientists from across the country especially those from the remote regions. The webinars will provide a virtual opportunity to engage, stimulate interaction and apprise the scientific community of not only the latest schemes and programmes of the department and also keep them abreast of current research trends by domain experts.

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Nurturing Future Science Leaders on Friday, 30- August, 2019
3 PM -4 PM IST  

The calendar for the Webinar Series for 7-months is as follows:

S.No Topic Speaker Date
1. Department of Biotechnology:
The Journey so far
Dr. Renu Swarup
Dr. Meenakshi Munshi
June 25,2019
2. Empowering Budding Scientists:
Fellowships and training opportunities for students
Dr. Arvind Duggal
Dr. R.N.K. Bamezai
August 2, 2019(11am to 12 pm)
3. Nurturing Future Science Leaders:
Opportunities for the Young Investigators
Dr. Meenakshi Munshi
Dr. L.S. Shashidhara
August 30, 2019
4. DBT’s Competitive Grants System Dr. Mohd. Aslam
Dr. G. Padmanaban
Dr. Mammen Chandy
Dr. K. Ganesh
September 27, 2019
5. Strengthening the Research Ecosystem -SAHAJ:
Research facilities, Resources and Technology platforms
Dr. Arvind Duggal
Dr. P. Balaram
October 25, 2019
6. Promoting Translational & Industrial Research:
Funding & Incubation Opportunities
Dr. Alka Sharma
Dr. Deepanwita Chattopadhyay
November 29, 2019
7. Building Strategic International Partnerships:
Funding Opportunities
Dr. Mohd. Aslam
Dr Virander S. Chauhan
December 27, 2019

India-U.S. Collaborative Research Grants on Vaccine Adjuvant Development

Webinar Series-2

Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-Agri Input and Nano-Agri Products


Department of Biotechnology has given special emphasis to promote Nanobiotechnology having applications in various sectors of life sciences. Thus the department has initiated funding R&D in this area since 2007. Various scientists/ stakeholders have felt the need to have specific guidelines for evaluation of products in various sectors of biological sciences developed through interventions of Nanotechnology. DBT is mandated to bring out manuals/ guidelines specifying procedures that will help in regulatory process pertaining to development / commercialization of Nano products in India. Recently DBT has finalized the Guidelines for evaluation of Nanopharmaceuticals.

Designing of Nano-Agri Input and Nano-Agri Products have emerged as the new concept under the domain of ‘minimal usage with maximum effect’ for agricultural and food applications. New considerations of application of nanotechnology in agriculture thus necessitates the initiation of a scientific decision-making and informing platform for cooperative national module that dedicatedly work on the policy aspects of these products before commercialization. Thus, DBT has formulated draft “Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-Agri Input and Nano-Agri Products in India” after series of consultations with the stakeholders. These guidelines are aimed to ensure the quality, safety and efficacy as well as encourage the commercialization of nanotechnology based innovations in agriculture and food/feed with high benefit and low risk ratio when compared with their bulk counterparts.

Click here to download Proposed Guidelines – DBT DRAFT1

The Department of Biotechnology invites comments on ‘Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-Agri Input and Nano-Agri Products in India" from all the stakeholders- government agencies, institutions, industry/researchers engaged in research & development in Nanobiotechnology. It is requested that comments/observations pertaining to the same may be conveyed positively by 31st August, 2019 to Dr. Suchita Ninawe, Adviser, DBT only through email at policy[at]dbt[dot]nic[dot]in

Please note that this public consultation process is open for one month duration and will be closed on 31st August, 2019.

  1. Mention “Comments on "Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-Agri Input and Nano-Agri Products in India" in the subject line of your mail.
  2. Give your comment preferably in table form and in word file. Give reference of page number and para number against your each comment
  3. Ensure to mention full name, affiliation, correspondence address and mobile number at the Email Signature. Anonymous Comments will not be considered.

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