Other Important Links

Department of Biotechnology, Government of India


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


To 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.


Capacity Building on Biosafety


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 BiosafetyNew). The 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.


India Biosafety Clearing House


Under the GEF-World Bank Capacity Building 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.


Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India



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.


Biotech 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 biotechnology.