The Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB), an institution of education, training and research was established by the Government of India under the auspices of UNESCO as a category II institution. The programmes of the Centre are designed to create opportunities for students to engage in multi-disciplinary research where they learn biotech science while integrating engineering, medicine and sciences, to provide solutions for human and animal health, agriculture and environmental technologies.

Mission:

The Centre is envisioned to be an institution of biotechnology with intimate contributions from countries of the region and academic institutions from the rest of the world and provides a meeting place where innovation, enterprise, and industrial development will germinate. RCB’s mandate is to provide a platform for biotechnology education, training and research at the interface of multiple disciplines. The mission is to generate high quality human resource in disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas tailored to drive innovation in biotechnology, particularly in areas of new opportunities and also to fill talent gap in deficient areas.

Research and Academic Programmes:

The Centre will promote multi-disciplinary innovative research in biotech sciences. Contemporary research at the interface of disciplines with emphasis on the relevance to the regional societies is being undertaken. Broad range of areas synergising with biotech science include:

  • Biomedical Sciences

  • Bioengineering & devices

  • Chemical and Physical Approaches

  • Climate Science, Agriculture and Environment

  • Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs, IPR and Policy

Areas within the above domains being currently emphasized include analyses of complex diseases for identification of intervention points and development of knowledge-based drug discovery approaches. Nano-science for biotechnology, wherein the emphasis would be on design of novel nano-devices for bio-sensing, diagnostic and therapeutic utility would be among the priority areas. Integration of climate models with design strategies for transgenic crops and environmental impact of climate change using mathematical as well as physical approaches are also being envisioned to be among the priority areas. A major aspect of biotech revolution concerns addressing regulatory and IPR issues as well as policy analyses. Attention is therefore being paid to these issues as well.

The design and process of the education at this centre will be such that it will generate technology savvy solution finders/creators, science entrepreneurs/ knowledge economy entrepreneurs and R&D leaders. RCB is set out to be a Biotechnology University with unique canvas of specialized educational programmes, domain specific training programmes and high quality research and development in specific areas aimed at producing a highly specialized cadre of scientists. Purpose of such interdisciplinary programmes is to educate students via a flexible structure that permits explorations at the intersections of disciplines.

The Centre will be open to industry for enhancing their skills in specific areas. Domain-specific programmes will also be designed in order to create a cadre of highly specialized scientists for technology development in the relevant areas. An important focus of expertise building will be regulation, product development, scale up, manufacturing sciences and bio- entrepreneurship.

Career Opportunities:

The centre would recruit as faculty, scientists with potential for intellectual leadership and passion for both research and teaching in all cutting-edge areas of biotechnology and life sciences. The Centre recognises that the expertise and innovation in diverse domains is critical for the development of novel perspectives in biotechnology, and invites scientists, engineers and medical professionals of the highest calibre and credibility to participate in this shared adventure to transform the biotech sciences.

The Centre will have the provisions for visiting professorship for Indian nationals and international scientists, adjunct professorships, re-entry grants and young investigator awards. Scientists working in other national/international institutes and universities will be selected for a period of five years to contribute to the mission of the Centre as adjunct faculty. Limited visiting faculty positions are also available for Indian as well as foreign nationals. Selection will be carried out by a high level committee of global experts.

Post- doctoral training opportunities are available for young scientists from the region to work under the mentorship of senior faculty of RCB. Post-graduate candidates from this region will be admitted for the inter-disciplinary Ph D programme of the Centre. RCB is working in close co-operation with several prominent Indian universities to facilitate admission of international students within the region, for the post-graduate course in biotechnology, sponsored by the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India.

Interim facilities and the permanent campus:

The interim laboratories of RCB are currently set up in Gurgaon within the National Capital Region (NCR) Delhi adjacent to the South Delhi area at 180, Udhyog Vihar, Phase-I, Gurgaon. The permanent campus is coming up within the Biotech Science Cluster (BSC) being set up by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt of India in the NCR Delhi at Faridabad (Haryana) on a 200 acre plot of land. The Cluster will facilitate synergizing high value resources and infrastructure, coordinated development and maximize societal benefits.

For more information visit the web site: http://www.rcb.res.in


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