Department of Biotechnology,
The Department of Biotechnology
(DBT), under the Ministry of Science and Technology is the nodal department for
biotechnology in Government of India. In more than a decade of its existence,
the department has promoted and accelerated the pace of development of
biotechnology in the country. Through several R&D projects, demonstrations
and creation of infrastructural facilities a clear visible impact of this field
has been seen. The department has made significant achievements in the growth
and application of biotechnology in the broad areas of agriculture, health
care, animal sciences, environment, and industry. Along with MoEF, DBT is the
implementing agency for biosafety regulations in the country.
Indian Biosafety Rules & Regulations
advise, facilitate & regulate modern biotechnology work at different stages
to achieve the objectives of protecting environment including human and animal
health from the possible adverse effects of GMOs and products thereof.
Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC)
GEAC is the apex committee under MoEF for approval of GMOs & products thereof.
Information on the activities under
GEF-World Bank project on capacity building in biosafety is available as part
of the website of Ministry of Environment
and Forests (MoEF) i.e. http://www.envfor.nic.in (sub heading
website also has information on the related topics such as regulatory
framework, lists of various statutory committees, lists of approved GMOs and
products thereof, links for further reading, list of upcoming events etc.
Biosafety Clearing House
project, the India Biosafety Clearing House has been established by the
Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India at http://www.indbch.nic.in. The
website has information under various headings as defined by the CBD
secretariat. These include national contacts, laws and regulations,
decisions and declarations, capacity building and roster of experts.
Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of
The Department of Agriculture and
Cooperation is responsible for the formulation and implementation of national
policies and programmes aimed at achieving rapid agricultural growth through optimum
utilization of the country’s land, water, soil and plant resources.
Consortium India Limited (BCIL)
BCIL provides linkages amongst
research institutions, industry, government and funding institutions, to
facilitate accelerated commercialization of biotechnology. The Company is
engaged in technology transfer, project consultancy, fund syndication,
information dissemination and manpower training and placement related to