“DBT has seen in­crease in bud­get in last 4 years”

BioSpectrum (India) - - COVER STORY -

“DBT has seen a sub­stan­tial in­crease in the bud­get in the last four years. This in­di­cates the com­mit­ment of the govern­ment for the growth of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy in the coun­try. Sta­tis­ti­cally, dur­ing the last 4 years, there have been more than 10000 pub­li­ca­tions, 183 patents filed, 301 Tech­nolo­gies/Prod­ucts de­vel­oped and com­mer­cial­ized, 8266 Sci­en­tists sup­ported, 2575 In­sti­tu­tions sup­ported, 500 Start-ups/En­trepreneurs sup­ported, more than 5000 Stu­dents trained in In­dus­trial Pro­gramme, 250 Sci­en­tists/Re­searchers who have re­turned to In­dia un­der the Re-en­try Pro­gramme.

Lever­ag­ing its fo­cus on af­ford­able health­care for all the Depart­ment of Biotech­nol­ogy is work­ing to­wards pre­ven­tion, de­tec­tion & treat­ment of nu­mer­ous dis­eases that af­flict In­di­ans, DBT has been a fron­trun­ner in reach­ing low cost vac­cines to peo­ple and has been in­stru­men­tal in lev­i­tat­ing In­dia to be­come a leader in vac­cine de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­ture. It has de­vel­oped af­ford­able de­vices to de­tect & man­age dis­eases as well as for pa­tient care and gen­er­at­ing so­lu­tions for dis­eases.

Ba­sic re­search ef­forts are di­rected at con­ceiv­ing and de­vel­op­ing fun­da­men­tal new ideas, ap­proaches, and meth­ods for ad­dress­ing some of the most in­trigu­ing and chal­leng­ing as­pects of the liv­ing or­gan­isms. DBT has been ex­tend­ing sup­port to in­ves­ti­ga­tor-ini­ti­ated fron­tier re­search in life sci­ence, on the ba­sis of sci­en­tific ex­cel­lence.

For a de­vel­op­ing na­tion with lim­ited fi­nan­cial re­sources, hu­man cap­i­tal is the most cru­cial as­set. The DBT has helped nour­ish many tal­ents who have been ap­pre­ci­ated glob­ally as some of the most bril­liant minds.

- Dr Renu Swarup, Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of Biotech­nol­ogy (DBT), Govern­ment of In­dia

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