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New Delhi – Science & Technology; Earth Sciences Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan lamented, several basic problems in India still remains, even after 70 years of independence. Addressing Prof. Ramalingaswami Fellows Conclave in New Delhi on Saturday (Feb. 17), he said, it is pathetic the country could not overcome some of the basic problems like malnutrition and anaemia.

“There are some basic problems in this country even after 70 years. So much nutritional foods have been developed in the labs still we have the problem of malnutrition and anaemia. When I visit all these nutrition labs – Hyderabad, Mysore, etc; I see so much research taking place there, but still the country continues to suffer from many of the problems,” said Dr Harsh Vardhan.

The Minister said, a large number of scientists have returned to India, accepting fellowships for research in various fields of science and technology. He said 290 scientists have come back under the Prof. Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship and taken up research assignments in India and there are quite a few success stories.
“This is a very prestigious programme to have been named after him in recognition of his great contributions to science, where we are inviting young people from foreign universities to come to India and serve the country, literally converting the brain drain into brain gain. It is a befitting tribute to the memory of Prof.

Ramalingaswami. I was told, 290 scientists have come back and joined various scientific organisations/universities in the last few years under this fellowship. It is a significant number and they have already produced 883 papers, developed 53 technologies, 33 patents and two start-ups.”

The fellowship was conceptualized with the aim of attracting highly skilled Indian researchers working overseas in various cutting edge disciplines of biotechnology – agriculture, health sciences, bio-engineering, energy, environment, bioinformatics and other related areas, by providing them an attractive avenue to pursue their R&D interests in Indian institutions.

So far, the fellows have joined various institutions like CSIR, IITs/NITs, ICMR, IISc, IISER/NISER and Universities as well as private sector. They have published 883 research papers, developed 53 technologies, 33 patents and established two start-ups.

There are several success stories from their research projects, which include non-invasive method for cancer detection, pesticide detection in food by mass spectrometry, prognosis of diabetes, anti-glioma drug, technology for breast cancer prognosis etc.

The Minister said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment for science is resulting in positive outcome, as Mr Modi wants India in the driver’s seat of next scientific revolution.

Dr Meenakshi Munshi, Adviser in the Department of Biotechnology said, the yearly intake of scientists has been increased from initial number of 10 fellows to 50 and very recently has been increased up-to 75 from the current financial year, while their fellowship amount has also been enhanced. During the five-year fellowship period, Rs. 10 lakh each is given during the first and second year; Rs. 7.5 lakh in the third and fourth year and Rs. 5 lakh in the fifth and final year. The incumbents would also get institutional overhead expenses of Rs. 50,000 annually. She said about 75 per cent of the researchers have been absorbed in various scientific institutions/universities. Dr Munshi said, the fellowship is not a placement, but a buffering time of five years for the researchers to find a regular placement.

Dr. Ramesh V. Sonti, Director of National Institute of Plant Genome Research and Dr. S.S. Kohli, Adviser in the Department of Science & Technology also spoke on the occasion.

Inauguration of 8th Conclave of RLS fellows slider
On the successful completion of ten years of Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship, the department is hosting conclave meeting to celebrate the achievements and revisit the journey of the programme over the years. The 8th Conclave organized by National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) New Delhi during 15th – 17th February, 2018 on behalf of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) at The Ashok Hotel, Diplomatic Avenue, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi and NIPGR, New Delhi. IMG_20180215_102150

On 15th February Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary DBT & DST inaugurated the programme in the Banquette Hall of Ashoka Hotel. Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary DBT & DST gave inaugural address. In his inaugural address he expressed his happiness in the success of fellowship programmes like Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship and Ramanujan Fellowships. He also added that “in the past tools of other streams of science were used to solve biological problem. In today’s world tools of biology should be used to solve problem of many other streams of science.”

IMG_20180215_104334In his keynote address former secretary Dr MK Bhan, added that “Ramalingaswami fellowship has been successful in creating leader of science and innovation. He also emphasized the importance of providing environment for creating true science leaders in the country.

Dr Ramesh Sonti, Director, National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) in his welcome address said that “Ramalingaswami Fellowship is a great success just because of support and effort of the Department of Biotechnology (DBT).”

Dr. Meenakshi Munshi, Adviser DBT, gave an overview of the Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship. She informed that contribution of Prof Ramalingaswami are:

  • National Goiter Control Programme
  • National Iodine Deficiency Control Programme
  • Intra-uterine Iodine deficiency Control Programme
  • National Anaemia Control Programme
  • Discovery of new syndrome of liver diseases ‘non-cirrhotic portal hypertension’, Indian Childhood Cirrhosis’

She said that the programme was initiated in 2006-2007 with an objective of bringing back Indian scientists working abroad to pursue their research interests of national relevance.

The Conclave meeting monitors the progress of the fellows, provide a platform to interact, discuss and exchange innovative ideas. The program also cover key note lectures and mentor lectures by eminent scientists of India. The mentor talks focus on how, despite all odds scientists are able to establish themselves and create a niche for themselves. Besides, scientists like Dr. Deepak Gaur, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi; Dr. Chetana Sachidanandan, Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (IGIB), New Delhi; and Dr. Arnab Mukhopadhyay, National Institute of Immunology (NII), New Delhi share their experiences as a Ramalingaswami Fellow. The directors and Vice-Chancellors from universities across India have also been invited to discuss on improving the ecosystem provided to fellows to do good science at University / host Institution level.

The overall idea of the conclave is to provide a fertile environment to the fellows, who have returned to India on terms of resources and funding. The fellows also would be made aware of the current scientific scenario of the country and the pressing issues that need to be immediately addressed so that the enthusiastic scientists can work together for the progress of the country.

8th Conclave on Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship
Rapid fire:

  • The Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship was conceived with the idea of encouraging Indian scientists working outside the country and would like to return to the home.
  • During the last ten years, 1492 applications were received and out of these 396 were offered fellowship and 280 have already taken up positions in Indian Laboratories.
  • The work done by fellows is regularly monitored by organizing three days conclave to listen to their research, mentor them & try to help them.
  • The 8th Conclave is being organized by NIPGR New Delhi during 15th-17th February, 2018 on behalf of DBT.

The Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship was conceived in the year 2006-07 with the idea of encouraging scientists (Indian Nationals) working outside the country and would like to return to the home country to pursue their research interests in Modern Biology, Biotechnology, Life Sciences and other related areas. The principal aim of the scheme is to improve the country’s human resource capacity in life sciences, modern biology and biotechnology research – both in terms of development, translation and diffusion by means of attracting young scientists settled abroad.

A decade since its inception, the Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship programme has come a long way. During the last ten years, 1492 applications were received and out of these 396 were offered fellowship and 280 have already taken up positions in Indian Laboratories. So far, 188 fellows have already been able to seek permanent faculty positions in various host institutes in India. The fellowship over the years has picked up the momentum and resulted in creating a brand value in itself. Fellows have performed extremely well and they have been able to publish their research work in peer reviewed National and International scientific journals. Over the past decade, the program has been able to transform the scientific scenario of the country through innovative technologies and outstanding research with special emphasis on issues of national relevance.

The work done by fellows is regularly monitored by organizing three days conclave to listen to their research, mentor them & try to help them in understanding the scientific ecosystem in the country. On the successful completion of ten years, the department is now hosting conclave meeting to celebrate the achievements and revisit the journey of the programme over the years. The 8th Conclave is being organized by National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) New Delhi during 15th – 17th February, 2018 on behalf of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) at The Ashok Hotel, Diplomatic Avenue, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi and NIPGR, New Delhi. The meeting would be presided by the Hon’ble Union Minister for Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, DBT. The Conclave meeting would monitor the progress of the fellows, provide a platform to interact, discuss and exchange innovative ideas. The program also would also cover key note lectures and mentor lectures by eminent scientists of India. The mentor talks focus on how, despite all odds scientists are able to establish themselves and create a niche for themselves. Guidance will be provided on how to set up a lab and grant writing to the newly joined fellows. Besides, the alumni shall also be encouraged to share their experiences as a Ramalingaswami Fellow. The directors and Vice-Chancellors from universities across India have also been invited to discuss on improving the ecosystem provided to fellows to do good science at University / host Institution level.

The overall idea is to provide a fertile environment to the fellows, who have returned to India on terms of resources and funding. The fellows also would be made aware of the current scientific scenario of the country and the pressing issues that need to be immediately addressed so that the enthusiastic scientists can work together for the progress of the country.

Government of India
Ministry of Science & Technology
Department of Biotechnology

CORRIGENDUM

NOMINATION FOR “BIOTECHN PRODUICT, PROCESS DEVELOPMENT AND COMMERCIALISATION AWARD 2018”.

The following amendment is carried out to the advertisement published in this regard in prominent news papers in January, 2018.

Para 2 – Nature of the Award

For : The details of the Award, eligibility criteria, and proforma for nomination are available at www.dbtindia.gov.in

Read as : The details of the Award, eligibility criteria, and proforma for nomination are available www.dbtindia.nic.in

2. Further, last date for receipt of nominations is extended from 16.02.2018 to 25.02.2018. Rest of the contents of the advertisement shall remain same.

Corrigendum for nominations for Biotech Product, Process Development and Commercialization Award 2018

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Award Section

Notification

It is hereby notified that the earlier website address i.e http://www.dbtindia.gov.in of the Department of Biotechnology is now replaced with the following website: http://www.dbtindia.nic.in

Therefore, wherever, the old website address is indicated, the same be read as http://www.dbtindia.nic.in

J.K.Dora
U.S (Award)