Life sciences and allied sectors are gaining more importance in India than ever before, whether it be industry, biomedical and basic research or the understanding of our spectacular biodiversity. We envision India as a nucleus for research in frontier areas in the near future; but for this to happen it is imperative to foster a world-class community of scientists, administrators and policy makers. The current scenario of bureaucracy, inefficiencies and poor networking across sectors results in wastage of talent and effort.

IndiaBioscience, a non-profit program, fills a unique niche in the ecosystem of the life sciences in India, being a catalyst to promote changes that affect the culture and practice of the field, through engagement with academia, government and industry at various levels. IndiaBioscience aims to increase the visibility of science in society, by being a hub for policy discussions, science communication, and as an aggregator of information.

IndiaBioscience has been nurtured within the campus of the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, but our mandate is broad-based in serving the life science profession across India. For the past two and a half years, we have been an active player in assessing problems and delivering solutions to academia. We have also established a global network to gain access to best practices and tailor them for an Indian milieu.

Some of our activities over the past few years have been establishing a mentorship and recruitment program for exceptional faculty in tier 1 institutions through Young Investigators’ Meetings, provision of career resources for students and young professionals and facilitation of international research collaborations though specific programs. We have also begun preliminary efforts towards addressing undergraduate science education in India, and have conducted a meeting that resulted in a program and white paper that addressed administrative, research and recruitment issues in universities.

In the future, IndiaBioscience plans to engage with educational institutions to recharge research and teaching, become a forum for policy related to life-sciences, create a unified online platform for science communication and launch a database to network industry and academia.