Life sciences and allied sectors are gaining more importance in India than ever before, be it 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.
IndiaBioscience is a program that fills a unique niche in the ecosystem of the life sciences in India, by 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 the mandate is broad-based in serving the life science profession across India.
Some of its activities over the past few years have been providing mentorship and facilitating recruitment of exceptional faculty through Young Investigators’ Meetings, communicating new and exciting research via this website, provision of career resources for students and young professionals, and facilitation of research collaborations through specific programs. IndiaBioscience has also begun preliminary efforts towards addressing undergraduate science education in India.
IndiaBioscience is primarily funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. It is also funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance.