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DBT’s support for women extends from livelihood generation to research

At a glance

  • Several self help groups benefitted from programmes on floriculture, bio-fertilisers, vermin composting and so on
  • Project supported on cervical, breast cancer screening Genetic Counselling & pregnancy related complications
  • New award recognizing the contribution of social sector organization & individuals
  • 3 calls announced for DBT’s Bio-care awards

The Department of Biotechnology has been supporting Biotechnology Based Programme for Women with the objective to promote the use of biotechnological processes and tools for the benefit of large number of women. The programme aims to create platform for self-employment generation among the target population and diffusion of proven and field-tested technologies through demonstration, training and extension activities. The focus of the programme is also to promote Health, Hygiene and Nutrition. A number of projects have been supported on Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening, Genetic Counselling and pregnancy related complications in women.

A large number of women including self help groups benefitted directly through implication of biotechnology based programme on floriculture, horticulture, cultivation of mushrooms, medicinal and aromatic plants, bio-fertilizers, organic farming, vermicomposting, sericulture, aquaculture, animal husbandry including poultry farming and making of bio-crafts. Several training modules were prepared for creating awareness on health, nutritional food preparations and agricultural practices.

The Department has also instituted Biotechnology Social Development Award scheme as a new initiatives to recognize the contribution of social sector organization and individuals contributing towards it. The Individual category Award for 2015 was conferred to Dr. (Mrs.) K. Suman Kalyani, Principal Scientist, ICAR-Central Tobacco Research Institute, Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh.

DBT’s Bio-care award supports career Development of employed and unemployed women Scientists upto 55 years of age for whom it is the first extramural research grant. The scheme is open for all areas of Life Science / biology (including agriculture, veterinary science and medicine).

There is a Research Grant Opportunity (RGO), under which a 3-5 year research grant is provided. The purpose is to build capacities for women scientists employed fulltime in Universities and small research laboratories or unemployed women Scientists’ after a career break so as to help them undertake independent R&D projects. Under this scheme the women Scientists who are unemployed are provided a monthly emoluments ranging from Rs. 50,000/- to 60,000/- p.m. The employed women Scientists in addition to salary get an amount of Rs.10,000/- p.m as an incentive. A research grant of Upto Rs. 50.00 lakhs is provided

The first call for applications was announced by the Department in January, 2011. 3 calls have been announced so far and 214 women Scientists have been supported under the Bio-CARe scheme.

DBT’s support for women for different sections of Society