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Fourth India-Korea Science & Technology Ministerial Steering Committee Meeting

The 4th India-Korea Science & Technology Ministers Steering Committee Meeting was held in New Delhi on 9th July 2018. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Science of the Republic of India and Mr. You Young Min, Minister for Science and ICT of the Republic of Korea led the Indian and Korean delegations respectively.

The Two Ministers reviewed bilateral S&T cooperation between the two countries since last meeting of Steering Committee at Seoul in November 2015. Both Ministers agreed to establish Indo-Korean Center for Research and Innovation (IKCRI) in India, which will act as the hub for systematic operation and management of all cooperative programmes in research and innovation between the two countries including innovation & entrepreneurship and technology transfer.kor-compressed

Ministers agreed to establish a Future Strategic Group, which will build a collaborative platform that can utilize the potential of the two countries towards fostering innovation and create impact, which is of social and economic good. To begin with both sides will be co-funding collaborative enterprise led joint R&D projects covering (i) Digital Transformation (ii) Future Manufacturing (iii) Future Utilities and (iv) Health Care.

It was agreed to jointly establish two additional India-Korea Joint Network Centres in areas among ‘Cyber Physical System Artificial Intelligence, Internet of things focused on agriculture, energy, water and transportation and ‘Semiconductor Electronics’ etc. These centres will leverage existing infrastructure and funding available from the partners on both sides in focused applied research areas, which has potential towards technology development. The two sides agreed to select future joint projects.

To augment the cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation, both countries renewed Programme of Cooperation in the Fields of Science and Technology for 2018-2021.

During the S&T Ministerial Steering Committee meeting, new thematic MoUs on Biotechnology & Bioeconomy between Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India Ministry of Science & ICT of Republic of Korea; CSIR India National Research Council of Science & Technology, Korea and IIT Bombay – Korean Institute of Science & Technology, which will further accelerate future-oriented cooperation in their respective sectors.

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National Biopharma Mission invites Proposals for Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) lab and Translation Research Consortium (TRC)

Last date for Submission:

  • Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) lab : 15th August, 2018
  • Translation Research Consortium (TRC): 31st August, 2018


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Indo-South Korean Biotech Innovation Ecosystem Collaboration

Date: 9th July 2018
Venue: Connaught Hall, Hotel Royal Plaza,
19, Ashoka Road, New Delhi

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Government of India and the Government of the Republic of IMG_20180709_162925Korea in the field of Biotechnology, Bio-economy, Science and Technology at Hotel Royal Plaza in the presence of Dr Harsh Vardhan Hon’ble Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt. of India and Mr. You Young-Min, Hon’ble Minister Science & ICT, Government of Republic of Korea. One of the major objectives of this MoU is to expand and develop bilateral/multilateral relations and cooperation in the field of Science and Technology and in the area of Biotechnology.

Honourable Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan acknowledged the network areas like agriculture, water, biofuel, bioeconomy and basic research during India-South Korea S&T Ministerial Steering Committee meeting. Honourable Union Minister further added that India has taken proactive steps in advancing bilateral cooperative relationship with South Korea.

Honourable Union Minister in his address during the Ministerial Steering Committee meeting mentioned that India can lead the newly developed economy in the world.

The present GoI has taken proactive steps to promote innovations, which are translative too.

South Korea’s Biotech Innovation Ecosystem is technically advanced and commercially well-established. It can potentially offer globally competitive products, technological platform, facilitation of innovative culture in Biotechnological field, relevant expertise and access to mature market opportunities in the area of Health, Pharma, Med-Tech devices, Industrial biotechnology, Food, Nutrition, Waste management, Cosmetics, Energy and allied areas.

There are Provincial Innovation Hubs that promote Bio incubation, Start-ups, SMEs, and operate with similar mandate. Some of the noticeable provincial examples include Gyeonggi, Busan, Seoul, Chungcheongbuk, Daegu etc. Like States in India, these provinces also compete with each other to reflect the impact of innovation, start-ups and SMEs in improvement in GDP, and growth of industrial sector.

Ministry of S&T, Government of India will consider engaging South Korea in research and development in the area of Biotechnology through collaboration between BIRAC and KHIDI and/or Provincial level similar agencies with the objective of providing a boost to our Biotech Innovation Ecosystem through:

  • Global competitiveness of Incubators, Innovator Start-ups and the ecosystem
  • Exchange of innovators into respective Bio-incubators & Bio-clusters.
  • Access to international experts, mentors and investment opportunities
  • Exchange of best practices in facilitating Innovators, Incubation centres, Research Parks
  • Allied areas of mutual interest.

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Mandatory Accreditation and Regulation of DNA Laboratories
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The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2018.


  • The primary intended purpose for enactment of “The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill” is for expanding the application of DNA-based forensic technologies to support and strengthen the justice delivery system of the country.
  • The utility of DNA based technologies for solving crimes, and to identify missing persons, is well recognized across the world.
  • By providing for the mandatory accreditation and regulation of DNA laboratories, the Bill seeks to ensure that with the proposed expanded use of this technology in the country, there is also the assurance that the DNA test results are reliable and the data remain protected from misuse or abuse in terms of the privacy rights of our citizens.
  • Speedier justice delivery.
  • Increased conviction rate.
  • Bill’s provisions will enable the cross-matching between persons who have been reported missing on the one hand and unidentified dead bodies found in various parts of the country on the other, and also for establishing the identity of victims in mass disasters.

Forensic DNA profiling is of proven value in solving cases involving offences that are categorized as affecting the human body (such as murder, rape, human trafficking, or grievous hurt), and those against property (including theft, burglary, and dacoity). The aggregate incidence of such crimes in the country, as per the statistics of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for 2016, is in excess of 3 lakhs per year. Of these, only a very small proportion is being subjected to DNA testing at present. It is expected that the expanded use of this technology in these categories of cases would result not only in speedier justice delivery but also in increased conviction rates, which at present is only around 30% (NCRB Statistics for 2016).

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Recruitment for Various Positions in National Institute of Biomedical Genomics

Last date of receipt of application along with documents : July 23, 2018 .

The closing date for the candidates residing abroad, Andaman & Nicobar and Lakshadweep Island, States /
Union Territories in the North Eastern region, Ladakh region of J&K, Sikkim, Sub division
Chamba and Lahaul and Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh is August 07, 2018

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Training Programme : Advances in Rice Production for Women Farmers

– DBT supports Women Farmers: Future Leaders of Agriculture

Date: June 26-July 1, 2018
Time: 10:30 am to 05:30 pm
Venue: Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology
KIIT University,Campus – 7
Patia, Bhubaneswar- 751024
Odisha, India

Please find the link of Schedule for the Training Program