Under continuous efforts of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) to raise quality of Science & Technology in India, a letter of Intent (LOI) was signed by DBT and Department of ITBT and S&T, Govt. of Karnataka (GOK) to establish B4 in partnership with Harvard University facilitated by nodal centres in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and Bengaluru, Karnataka, India in December, 2015. The broad scope of LOI is to enable working together towards linking up of Institutions in the two cities & beyond to promote innovation & entrepreneurship in the areas of Genomics, Neurosciences, Synthetic Biology and Biologics, with the key point being ‘invest in people” to grow the sector for societal benefits. Broadly, Bengaluru is to be set up as a hub in Karnataka and likewise Boston for the state of Massachusetts to enable linking up of Institutions in the two cities & beyond.
An agreement between South Asia Institute (SAI), Harvard University, Boston, MASS, USA and GOK supported Institute for Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB) has been signed now. Under the programme a one year Science and Technology Fellowship to a total of five doctoral and/or postdoctoral scholars from Karnataka will be provided for working in laboratories at Harvard. A two week hands-on course in Bengaluru, India on an interdisciplinary topic(s) for young scientists of India will also be carried out during 2016-17.